Navigating a Career Fair

Prepare, Plan and Execute

What is in a Career Fair?

Opportunity, Networking, Information, the ability to generate leads and more.

Make the most of it!

Things to Do Before the Fair:

  1. Review the list of Employers
  2. Do your research -know the products, services, clients served, etc. Review their websites. Make a cheat-sheet if you want.
  3. Dress Appropriately – Professional and clean
  4. Bring your resume – make several copies
  5. Practice your elevator speech (introduction) SMILING Required! Be aware of your body language. You will never get a second chance to make a first impression.
  6. Determine your expectations (you are generating leads, developing your network and expanding your communication skills) You will be selling yourself in a face to face conversation.
  7. Create your own strategy
    • Who do you really want to talk with? Would you wait in line to talk with this organization?
    • Which organization would you want to just obtain information from?
  8.  Be positive, confident and put your best foot forward
  9. Make a list of questions beforehand
    • What can you tell me about the positions you are looking to fill?
    • Do you have a written job description I could take with me?
    • May I take literature on your organization?
    • Can you recommend any one I should contact to obtain more information?

During the Fair:

  1. Survey the set-up – determine your key employers and have a game plan.
  2. Approach as many employers as you can
  3. Observe the organization’s representative – Are they professional? How are they treating potential candidates? Are they paying attention to you? Remember, as much as the organization’s might be “interviewing” you, you also can observe and “interview” them.
  4. After talking with the representative, ask for a business card and make any notes on the back to help you remember and for potential future correspondence.
  5. Be polite and give others room
  6. Think about your “fit” with the different organizations. Do you have a personal values statement? Does it match or fit in with theirs?

 After the Fair:

  • Take inventory – How did it go? What did you learn? What improvements could you make? What would you di differently the next time?
  • Review the literature you obtained – research the websites and seek more information if applying for a job. Connect on LinkedIn.
  • Decide what follow-up is appropriate for you – a hand-written thank you note, an updated resume, writing sample, reference list or anything the representative might request


Posted in Career Enhancement.