How to Prepare for a Career Fair
Attending a career fair can be a great way for you to land a job after school. Here are the basics of how to successfully prepare for a career fair.
Discover Who Will Be There
Whenever you first learn about a career fair, you need to figure out what employers are going to be represented at the fair. Typically you should be able to get a brochure or visit a website that gives you the details about the fair. Most of the time, these details include a list of the employers who'll be at the fair. The list will help you determine if you should attend the fair or not. There are many career fairs, and you want to focus on the ones that have employers you are interested in.
Research the Employers
Once you have determined who is going to be at the fair, you need to spend some time researching the employers. After you get a list of names, you are most likely going to know a little bit about some of the companies. However, if you want to make an impression on the recruiters, you want to learn more detailed information about the companies. Start by checking out the company website. Then you should read any other information you can find about this particular company. Try not to overload yourself with information about every company at the fair. Instead pick three or four companies at the top of your list and learn a little bit about each of them.
Update Your Resume
You want to make sure your resume is in good shape. Look over your resume and make sure you have included all of your recent accomplishments. You are going to want to provide a copy of your resume to all of the employers that you are interested in, so make sure you have enough copies before you go to the career fair.
Whenever you visit a career fair, you need to be prepared to answer questions about yourself. However, you should also prepare some questions for the recruiters. Ask them questions about their businesses and try to learn more information about the companies. If you ask intelligent questions, the recruiters are more likely to remember you. Try not to be overly complex with the questions, but you do not want to ask generic questions either. Spend some time thinking about what you would like to know and what would make a good impression on the recruiter.
When the time comes to visit the career fair, you should look professional. Wear professional business attire as if you were attending a job interview. Everyone at the job fair is most likely going to try to look professional, and you do not want to look out of place.
If you would like more information about preparing for a career fair, be sure to check out the "Job Search Basics" section at CVTips. It contains job search tips for various careers.