Career fairs are awesome. They give job hunters the opportunity to apply for jobs and meet several employees in one day and venue. The sad thing is, so many people waste this fantastic opportunity by going to one unprepared. They make the mistake of thinking that careers fairs are not a serious employment program or that they wouldn’t find a good job opportunity from such an event.
If you are on the lookout for a job, you should make most recruitment events like career fairs. Here are some tips for you:
Do Your Homework
When you know there’s an upcoming career fair, don’t just wing it! Check the list of employers who will be attending. Make your own list starting from the companies that you are most interested in. But don’t leave out those that you aren’t that familiar with because they might be the ones offering the job that’s right for you.
Try to know as much as you can about the companies participating, as that will give you an edge when you’re having a conversation with your interviewer, and they can tell you did your research. It shows that you are serious about your intent to be a part of their company.
Dress Up Smartly
While it might not be necessary to be in a formal business suit, it would still be wise to dress in smart casual attire. You are, after all, meeting potential employers. You want to make a good impression that you are someone responsible and organized. It’s not just about your clothes either. It would be best if you were mindful of your demeanor when you are at the careers fair. Maintain a positive attitude and show enthusiasm even if you’ve already been waiting for hours to be interviewed.
Work on Your Online Presence
If the career fair is going to be a virtual event, you might need to take a different approach to your preparation. It doesn’t mean you don’t need to dress up. At least wear a formal top and make sure your hair is fixed. Aside from that, you have to ensure that your device is fully charged and working properly. Internet connection should be strong, and the lighting should be good. Check to see if your background is tidy, and do some tests to see that everything will work well during the fair. If possible, use noise-canceling headphones, too.
You might be asked to create a profile on the platform used. Take your time in answering. Make sure no field is left blank, use a good photo, and check for spelling errors or grammatical mistakes before submitting your information.
Follow Up After the Fair
If you know you’ve had a great conversation with an employer and you know their name, you should connect with them on LinkedIn and let them know you appreciate their help. You may also send them an email. If you have been asked to send your CV to their HR, do so immediately. Don’t wait to take action and start working on the amazing start you’ve had at the fair.
These are just some of the ways you can make the most of a career fair. Remember that many people are looking for work these days, so you should really work on standing out and making memorable connections with potential employers.
So, you think you’re ready? The UK Careers Fair brings you some of the best career events where you can find your dream job in the United Kingdom! Join us in one of our upcoming events near you!