Job Fair Success Tip No. 1 - Tailor Your Search!
There are going to be companies in attendance from many diverse industries offering a wide range of positions. Browsing every booth and display regardless of their relevance to your search could mean that you don’t make it to the companies who can offer you the perfect fit. This means having a crystal clear picture of exactly what you’re looking for before you attend the job fair. Narrow down your search to just one or two industries by evaluating your traits, skills and experience and envisioning where they might take you professionally.
Think you don't need to plan for your interview? Think again. Once a company notices your resume and gives you a call, you should start strategizing. Go to the job interview fully prepared. Set yourself apart from the candidates who might have more job experience but do not spend time preparing. Only one candidate will come out of the job interview a winner, and it's not necessarily the most experienced one. If you prepare and do your homework, it will be you.
Unusual Job Fair Advice
Here’s a few job fair strategies to keep in mind as you prepare to meet face to face with company recruiters to discuss employment opportunities:
Pre-Game… take a few minutes to collect yourself after you arrive and get the lay of the land. Secure a map or a floor plan that outlines the table locations for all the companies attending and identify exactly where all the organizations that meet your interest will be in order to maximize your time there.
Warm-up… start off talking to a couple of companies low on your favorable list to sharpen your elevator pitch. Make sure your statement sounds natural, clear, and dynamic before you approach recruiters from the top rated companies on your list.
Be Memorable… ask for a business card then put it to good use. After you talk with each recruiter take a moment to write down a small note of anything that stood out in the conversation on the back of each business card. Use that info as a reference point in your follow-up email or phone call to help you immediately stand out in the recruiter’s memory.
Remember, preparing yourself ahead of time to make a memorable first impressions at these events is a crucial step towards having a successful job fair experience.
Job Fair Success Tip No. 4 - Get Your Pitch Together!
You will only have a limited amount of time with each company representative, so make it count! Getting together an interesting and impactful elevator pitch before you attend a job fair will put you in a great position to make a lasting and favorable impression on company representatives who have limited time and attention to devote to each candidate. Practice your pitch on family and friends to work out the kinks and to get some valuable feedback.
Retail Job Hunting: Some Advice
Here are two things to keep in mind when job hunting in the retail world, whether it's for your first job or not.
Smaller companies in general don't take as long but they could have their own involved process that may take them more than a couple weeks.
Sadly some places don't do well in the keeping in touch part, so sometimes just placing a phone call can help. Don't call them every day or often. They don't like that and that can get your application tossed into the slush pile.
And #2: while they can state they are hiring, sometimes they really are not. Certain times of the year they really aren't hiring and are just collecting those applications for a time when they know they will be hiring. So don't get surprised if you wind up getting a phone call from a place you applied to like 4 or 5 months back.
Just do your best to be patient. When it comes to retail, patience is a virtue. And just keep applying and keep that patience at hand. When you feel like you're gonna go nuts from lack of responses, take a step back, take a deep breath, and then take a look at some of the companies you applied to.
Remember: The bigger they are, the longer it takes.
Yes ! I noticed the mistake in the post also but as my daughter says I can read between the lines. I have to agree that pertintial employers have rules and screenings in place because they are looking for the best. What's the saying ? Proper preparation equal success .