Ashley Wilson
over 6 months ago
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Have you ever attended a job fair or a hiring event?

If you haven’t, here’s what you can expect and how to prepare yourself!

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.

Whether you’re actively looking for a new job or considering making a career change, hiring events and job fairs are wonderful ways to make new, meaningful connections and jumpstart your job search.

Good luck!

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Esmay Martinez

Last job fair I went to it took over an hour to get inside. Be early!!!

Last job fair I went to it took over an hour to get inside. Be early!!!

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Nancy Learner

What if you get so nervous you just freeze right up? What do you do?

What if you get so nervous you just freeze right up? What do you do?

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Dan Castro

It's hard to be in a smaller city where the pay is hard to find. I have to take a 7 dollar an hour hit just to keep some kind of income coming in. Might have to work myself to death with 2 jobs at 7 days a week to make up for the last time I was layed off due to lack of work. Tough world!

It's hard to be in a smaller city where the pay is hard to find. I have to take a 7 dollar an hour hit just to keep some kind of income coming in. Might have to work myself to death with 2 jobs at 7 days a week to make up for the last time I was layed off due to lack of work. Tough world!

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Faisal Khan

I want a job

I want a job

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