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3 Helpful Tips to Grow Your Network in Career Fairs

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The UK Careers Fair

As a professional, a broad network comes with numerous benefits. If done correctly, you’ll be able to develop your list of career opportunities and significantly boost your chances at employment. Networking in events also means making connections with influential people who can help further your success, including potential employers and business partners.

Although networking is an essential part of one’s professional development, many people still feel left in the dark about doing it right. It can be a daunting task, but these tips can help you expand your network and ensure future career success:

Tip #1: Do Some Research before the Career Event

Before attending a career fair, it’s always best to prepare beforehand. Although these events give many opportunities to learn about new companies and meet new people, it never hurts to make a list of priorities. In a large-scale event, meeting everyone may not be possible. For this reason, doing some research is necessary to make the most of your networking pursuits.

The hosting organisation will likely provide a list of entities attending the career event, and browsing through it can help highlight some prospects. Visit the websites of the participating companies and determine which ones you think are the best fit. Some businesses may not be looking to hire professionals from your field, so it’s best to cross them out of the list.

Tip #2: Make an Impactful First Impression

“First impressions last” is a cliché that everyone has heard before, but the reason it’s so popular is that it’s true. It’s best to make first impressions as impactful as possible because professionals often can tell a lot about a person when they first meet them.

Make sure to stay well-dressed, well-groomed, and overall pleasant throughout the interactions. Maintain good eye contact, but never stare. It’s also vital to come prepared in explaining who you are and what you do, and it never hurts to have multiple copies of your CV just in case.

Tip #3: Keep It Brief

People tend to overshare and ask too many questions regarding open positions at events. Still, you should not treat interactions in career fairs like a job interview. Doing so is a flawed strategy that many professionals unfortunately employ.

In a career fair, it’s best to opt for quick conversations that only contain meaningful information. Stick to the critical questions and avoid boring the contact persons with long monologues. This method allows you to cover more ground and meet more people. If you have more questions regarding a particular job, it’s best to ask for their contact information and follow up!

Expand Your Network in a Career Fair

For many professionals, having an expanded network is vital to success. Meeting new people can help them gain more opportunities, and career fairs are excellent for this. Although it can be frightening to walk up to strangers at first, practice makes progress. By keeping the tips above in mind, you’ll open yourself up to a world of possibilities.

If you’re on the lookout for job fairs in the UK, the UK Careers Fair has you covered. We offer numerous recruitment events and career fairs to help applicants find their dream job. Ready to achieve success? Book a ticket today!

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