Ashley Wilson
over 6 months ago
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Headed to a job fair? Keep these things in mind!

As you approach the employer’s table make sure you are friendly, confident, and most importantly prepared with something to say. Be different and stand out! Don’t fall back on chatting about the weather because 100 other people will likely be doing the same exact thing. Research the companies you are going to chat with beforehand and lead with something to catch their attention.

“Hello! My name is….I am really impressed that your company…”

As you speak SMILE, make good eye contact, and offer a brief, firm handshake.

Many times the employer will take the lead by asking you a few questions, so have your [elevator pitch ready] (https://www.jobcase.com/conversations/7af45c96-9dbb-555e-8bf0-eed09382fc67?from=https%253A%252F%252Fwww.jobcase.com%252Fcommunity). This is a 30-second synopsis of what you'd like the company to know about you, and how it pertains to them. Before you go to the job fair think about why you’re interested in that particular company and how your skills or qualifications suit the position. Practice your pitch so you're comfortable and confident speaking about yourself. It does take practice!

Make sure not to go too fast! Job seekers have a tendency to speak quickly as there is a lot to say in a short period, but this can comes across as rushed or implies you’re nervous when in fact you are not. Speak slowly, listen, and engage your audience.

So, what’s YOUR game plan to get hired at your next job fair?

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Barbracia Lewis

I had to because I wasn't getting treated right and I had to move

I had to because I wasn't getting treated right and I had to move

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Karen Pickett

I was in a networking group many years ago. One of their recommendations was to print of some business cards with your name, contact information, a synopsis of the type of position you are seeking (more like the environment that help you be a successful employee). And, list several positive attributes that you have (3-4). These can be done through Vista print for a more professional appearance (as opposed to printing then on your computer). Have cards on you any time you encounter a possible contact for a possible position. For the context of a job fair, leave one with each person that you speak to. This will help make you stand out.

I was in a networking group many years ago. One of their recommendations was to print of some business cards with your name, contact information, a synopsis of the type of position you are seeking (more like the environment that help you be a successful employee). And, list several positive attributes that you have (3-4). These can be done through Vista print for a more professional appearance (as opposed to printing then on your computer). Have cards on you any time you encounter a possible contact for a possible position. For the context of a job fair, leave one with each person that you speak to. This will help make you stand out.

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Wilbur Walker

Idont know bit god will blessyou and keep the faith.

Idont know bit god will blessyou and keep the faith.

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Tony Lyons

The faster you go the more crazy you will look. Ashley is right don't go to fast.

The faster you go the more crazy you will look. Ashley is right don't go to fast.

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Matt Bornhorst

Rushing is bad! Take a deep breath, take your time, and try to enjoy making tons of new connections. If you aren't enjoying yourself, they will know! Thanks so much for sharing this Ashley.

Rushing is bad! Take a deep breath, take your time, and try to enjoy making tons of new connections. If you aren't enjoying yourself, they will know! Thanks so much for sharing this Ashley.

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Anna Bellido

I would LOVE to go to a job fair!!! Never been to one before.

I would LOVE to go to a job fair!!! Never been to one before.

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Andy Wilson

Stopping to take a breath every once and awhile is good. If you rush through it, then the recruiter will just get the wrong idea. The faster you go the more likely they will pass you by.

Stopping to take a breath every once and awhile is good. If you rush through it, then the recruiter will just get the wrong idea. The faster you go the more likely they will pass you by.

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Jerry Ward

Preparation is key you are so right Ashley! You can't land a job without putting the work in. I would say a good game plan would be to bring resumes with you, a pencil or pen with some paper, maybe some business cards and go and apply confidently. Show them you want it.

Preparation is key you are so right Ashley! You can't land a job without putting the work in. I would say a good game plan would be to bring resumes with you, a pencil or pen with some paper, maybe some business cards and go and apply confidently. Show them you want it.

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Lisa Roberts

My plan in the past has been to take a lap around the room and see who is there if I didn't look online at first. Sometimes they don't tell you all the companies that are there.

My plan in the past has been to take a lap around the room and see who is there if I didn't look online at first. Sometimes they don't tell you all the companies that are there.

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Rhonda Thomson

I actually totally BLEW it once. I just showed up with a friend of mine at a job fair and figured I would wing it. BAD, BAD, BAD. You will feel like a fool. Because before a job fair or interivew you have to have a plan. She is right.

I actually totally BLEW it once. I just showed up with a friend of mine at a job fair and figured I would wing it. BAD, BAD, BAD. You will feel like a fool. Because before a job fair or interivew you have to have a plan. She is right.

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