Job Fair Preparation Timeline
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It is never too early to prepare. Click the links below for advice on how to prepare for the fair.
Fair Tip of the Week: Things to do After the Fair
Fair Tip of the Week: Develop an Action Plan for the Fair
- Allow yourself adequate time. Come as early as possible, as employers will be “fresh” and the fair is less crowded. Plan to be at the Fair for at least two hours. Just like any athlete or performer, it will take you a while to “warm-up” and get comfortable with the environment.
- Get your bearings. When you arrive, take a few minutes to review the employer booth map and directory. You’ll feel more comfortable if you know where companies are rather than wandering around trying to find them.
- Be patient. Some employers may have a line of candidates waiting to visit with them. You may decide to visit another employer and return to this employer later. If you do wait in line, use that opportunity to listen to the employer interact with other candidates but do not crowd the employer and the other candidate.
- Prioritize the employers you're most interested in. If your schedule allows, you may find it easiest to start with the employers in which you're NOT the MOST interested. This will allow you to hone your approach and to be most confident when you approach the employers you're most excited about. Be sure to balance this tip with the reality that you may have little time and that many other students may be interested in the same employers. Assume that you will need to wait to speak with some employers. After you’ve visited with all the employers on your ‘A’ list, if you have time, visit employers whose jobs looked like possibilities. You never know what may come from it!
- Ask intelligent, well thought out questions. The conversation with a recruiter should be two-sided, with both parties asking questions and providing information.
- Be sure to get your résumé in the recruiter’s hands. If you have run out of résumés or did not bring one, offer to send it via email after the fair.
- Be sure to get the recruiter’s business card and company literature.
- Thank the recruiter for their time.
- Make notes about your interactions between different employer contacts -- preferably on the recruiter's business card or company literature. These notes will be helpful to you as you write thank you letters, prepare for interviews, or evaluate job offers.
Fair Tip of the Week: The 60-Second Commercial
Fair Tip of the Week: Dress and Act The Part
Fair Tip of the Week: Research Companies and Organizations
Fair Tip of the Week: Create a Winning Résumé
If you have any questions, please contact our office. Looking forward to seeing you at the Fair!