Career Fair Success
Career fairs are a great opportunity to network and make the right connections. It is important to take full advantage of this time by ensuring that you have a plan of action in hand before attending the career fair. This means preparing ahead of time for what questions you want to ask and how you want to represent yourself when interacting with company representatives attending the fair.
Making a great first impression is essential and there are several key steps you can take to ensure that your interactions will leave an impact. Here are a few tips you can use to make the most of your next career fair:
Do Your Research – Before attending a career fair, it’s important to research the participating companies and create a list of ones you are interested in speaking with. This will allow you to target specific contacts that can provide valuable information about job openings or potential networking opportunities.
Bring Copies of Your Resume – It’s important to bring a few copies of your resume with you so that you can provide it to employers. Additionally, if there is no online job board available, having a resume handy will allow you to quickly apply on the spot.
Practice Your Elevator Pitch – An “elevator pitch” is essentially a brief introduction about yourself and why you would be an ideal candidate for a position or company. Creating one ahead of time will ensure that when meeting potential employers at the career fair, you have something prepared to present in case they ask for more information about yourself and your qualifications.
Ask Questions – Career fairs are not just about handing out resumes and talking to recruiters. It’s also a great opportunity to ask questions about the company, job opportunities, or industry trends in order to gain more insight into potential employers.
Follow Up – Don’t forget to follow up after the career fair with any contacts you made while attending. Whether it is an email thanking them for their time or simply connecting on social media, following up is essential if you want your resume to stand out from the competition.
By following these tips you can ensure that your next career fair will be successful and that your resume has a better chance of standing out from all of the other applicants! Good luck!
Are you attending an upcoming Career Fair? Let’s connect! We will be at the University of Cincinnati Technical Career Fair on Wednesday February 8th and the University of South Carolina STEM on February 23. Stop by our booth to meet with members of our Construction team and learn more about a career with Miller Valentine.