Career Fair Tips

 

  • Remember that this is a networking opportunity. As a job seeker, you should collect as many business cards as possible and make a good first impression. Then, when it's time to apply for an open position, you can stand out by referencing that connection in your cover letter or introduction email. 

  • Bring many copies of your resume to submit to employers. 

  • Dress like you would for an interview. First impressions are important. SacJobs Career Fairs are large events with a lot of people, and you’ll stand out by your well-chosen wardrobe.

  • Devise a plan. When you arrive, take a few minutes to review the map and directory for the fair. You may feel more comfortable if you quickly locate and walk by the employers with whom you're most interested. This will confirm their location and alert you to any crowds or lines of others waiting. 

  • Be flexible. The fair directory provides a brief summary of employers' opportunities and may not have been submitted by the same people who come to the fair.  Some positions may no longer be available and other openings may have just emerged.  No single employer representative is knowledgeable about all positions available, especially in a large organization.  Some reps attending fairs are there to share their experiences working at the organization and may not be involved in the hiring process. 

  • Introduce yourself and be prepared to give your "career pitch." Extend your hand, say "hello" and state your name. Have your resume ready to give to the employer. Be ready to talk about your career interests and extracurricular experiences to show your skills and strengths. 

  • Take notes when you inquire about next steps and the possibility of talking with additional managers. The representative at the fair may not be able to answer all of your questions or know specifics about your job interests. Write down the names, telephone numbers, etc. of other staff in the organization whom you can contact later. You will not be able to take advantage of this information if you don't record it. 

  • Respect employers materials/sample items.  Some employers bring large quantities of print materials or "giveaways" clearly intended for job seekers to take.  Other employers bring a few copies of print materials, sample products, etc. as displays at their tables.  Always check with employers before taking materials from their tables and don't take materials still packed in boxes. 

  • Be courteous! All of the organizations at the career fair are there because of their interest in hiring job seekers. Demonstrate sensitivity to others waiting to speak with employers by keeping your questions brief and offering to continue your conversation at a later time. Enjoy the fair and your interaction with employers. Let your positive attitude show!