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The Job Seeker’s Guide to Succeeding at Career Fairs

Applying for a job is never easy, considering the fierce competition and several factors affecting your application. Career fairs provide an excellent opportunity to secure a position at a good company and help you advance in your career, but you need to stand out first to land a promising job!
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The UK Careers Fair
Editorial Team
Published on
September 27, 2022

Applying for a job is never easy, considering the fierce competition and several factors affecting your application. Career fairs provide an excellent opportunity to secure a position at a good company and help you advance in your career, but you need to stand out first to land a promising job!

Given the number of hopeful applicants attending the career fair, standing out is easier said than done. Unfortunately, being forgotten is much more likely than being remembered. However, although it’s no easy task, you can increase your chances of standing out even when you’re competing with countless other job seekers!

Follow our tips below so that you can face career fair day fully prepared:

  1. Create a Plan

Although attending a career fair usually involves sending out your resume and hopefully securing an interview on the spot, it will take a bit more effort to have a real chance at securing a job. You won’t be the only one to apply for a job—coming prepared will be the difference between you and the other countless applicants vying for the same position!

When preparing for a career fair, make sure to find out if there’s a list of the companies participating to know which one you want to apply for on the day of. Learn as much as you can about your desired employers so that you can stand out and gain a competitive advantage.

By having a plan, you’ll be able to make the most of the career fair! Since you won’t have to talk to employers that aren’t the right fit for you, you can focus your energy and time on the top companies.

  1. Prepare Interview Questions

A job interview is where a potential employer determines whether a candidate is suitable for the position, but remember that the candidate can also use this opportunity to figure out if the employer is right for them!

Asking questions during the interview is key to standing out—it shows that you’re interested in the company, creating an excellent first impression. To avoid scrambling for what to say, have a list ready of questions to ask, preferably tailored to each company.

The job interview alone doesn’t dictate the success of your application, but it increases your chances of advancing to the next step and ultimately securing the job!

  1. Wear the Proper Attire

With career fairs, it goes without saying that you must dress professionally for a better first impression. Before you even send your resume, a potential employer will already assess whether you’re a promising candidate based on the clothes you choose to wear, so you must place great importance on your clothes for the day.

We recommend wearing minimal jewellery and cologne/perfume and choosing a well-fitting outfit when applying for a job. Aside from looking appropriate, you must also consider comfort if you’re attending a career fair!

Since you’ll be moving around a lot, you’ll want to wear a lightweight outfit and comfortable shoes that won’t cause blisters after a few hours of walking.

Conclusion

Whether virtual or in-person, standing out in career fairs can be challenging and even impossible. However, as long as you follow our tips, you’ll be able to gain a competitive edge among other applicants, create an excellent impression and land interviews!

If you want to build a network with local and national companies to discover new opportunities, you’ll want to attend our events! As the UK's number one platform for face-to-face recruitment, we at The UK Careers Fair promise several opportunities to meet with the best companies for you. Book a ticket today!

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