Job fairs are great for both employers and employees. While employers get to meet tons of different candidates, employees have the chance to see the types of jobs that are available, deepen their professional network, and make connections with a company that might become their next employer.
The only downside to job fairs is that sometimes it can be hard to stand out among the crowd and make a lasting impression. To help ensure you succeed at this goal, some of the steps to take at a job fair include:
- Dressing for success: Although a job fair may seem like a casual event to attend, you want to look your best. This doesn’t mean coming so overdressed you seem out of place or appear as if you are trying too hard. It does mean dressing in a tidy fashion in business casual clothing and making sure you look as though you’d be a good addition to any team.
- Going with a plan: You’ll be most successful at a job fair if you go in knowing what you hope to get out of it. You can research the companies that will be attending, determine who you want to talk to, find out about the organizations that will be represented, and set clear goals for what you want to accomplish. This could involve handing out your resume, talking to a specific person or taking other steps appropriate to your situation.
- Working on your introduction: You may only get a few minutes to make an impression at a busy job fair, so you need to be prepared. Have an introductory “elevator speech” prepared to let potential employers know who you are and gets them excited about talking to you further.
If you find the job fair process isn’t leading to ample opportunities to pursue your dream career, you have other options to find work as well. For example, IES Custom Staffing can help you connect with great companies in your area that are hiring skilled IT professionals. To find out more about how our staffing service can help you, contact us today.