Pam Robinson Hi Pam! Yes I have tons tips for you ; )
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If you have never attended a job fair or a hiring event, here are some things you can expect and tips on how to prepare yourself.
Also, if you haven't be sure to stop by the West Virginia job fair happening this Friday, March 22'nd!
Think of the event as a formal interview
It's important to treat the event just like a formal onsite job interview, so make sure to prepare! You can do this by researching the company or companies, practicing your elevator pitch and answering questions, knowing which roles you want to apply to, and dressing as you would for an interview.
Expect long lines
Attendance is usually pretty heavy at these types of events. Whether it’s waiting in line to actually enter the facility or waiting to speak with employers, there’s going to be some downtime. However, you can use this to your advantage! While you’re waiting, you can practice reciting your answers, brush up on your company knowledge or even mingle with fellow attendees to help calm those nerves or gain some insight.
A lot to take in
In order to stay organized and focused throughout the day, pack a small notepad to write down important details. You can also pack a folder to collect business cards, pamphlets, or handouts. Keep these items in a small bag so you don’t misplace them. After every conversation with an employer, take a second to jot down some notes about what you spoke about and any other details that can help you reconnect.
It’s not over when it’s over
Similar to a job interview, the events don’t end when you leave. It is crucial that you follow up just as you would after a regular interview. Be sure to gather necessary contact information before leaving each table, either by grabbing a business card or politely requesting an email address and jotting it down.
Remember, it's never too early or to prepare!
-Lay out your clothing the night before.
By planning ahead you don’t have to scramble trying to find something in the morning. Also, be sure it's clean and wrinkle-free. Check out some tips on what to wear here.
-Grab those resumes.
Pack at least 50 copies and place them in a folder, or notebook and then tuck them away in a bag. Just make sure your resumes are easily accessible when an employer requests a copy, so you don't have to go digging for it!
-Eat a good breakfast.
It’s true what they say, breakfast IS the most important meal of the day. It will fuel your brain/body first thing and last until lunchtime! When in doubt bring a snack to eat later to help keep you energized!
-Go to bed early.
Even if you’re a night owl, put on those pj’s and climb into bed early enough the night before so you get a full 8 hours. You will look rested tomorrow and feel much calmer and more focused.
-Get to the fair on time.
Plan how you will get there and how long it will take with Google maps. If you can, arrive a little bit early to calm your nerves and take a lap around the room.
-Practice your pitch a few times that morning.
Whether it’s in the shower or on the ride over, say it a few times so you build up that confidence! What will you say in 20-30 seconds to grab that employer’s attention?
-Know that company’s mission/culture.
If you haven’t researched it yet, take some time to see what they are all about and jot down some notes! Remember, your pitch should be tailored to what YOU bring to that company based on what they do.
If you are not sure what to say when you first meet an employer, use a few of these conversation starters to get things rolling!
Wishing you the best of luck at the job fair! : )
I hope this was helpful!
If you have never attended a job fair or a hiring event, here…
Ashley Wilson thanks for the follow-up. I have no idea what employers will be there so I am unable to research the companies. The event organizer has not released a listing of companies attending so I will be flying blindfolded.
Ashley Wilson thanks for the follow-up. I have no idea what employers will be there so I am unable to research the companies. The…
Pam Robinson My pleasure. Yes sometimes that happens, but just prepare the BEST that you can and go for it! Keep me posted Pam!