Successful Career Fair Candidate Tips
Before the Career Fair
- Review and update your resume
- Obtain a list of participating companies (on the CMS website)
- Visit company websites to research the companies attending
- Determine and target the employers you want to visit
- Prepare a "one minute elevator speech" about your career/job objectives, your strengths and contributions you can make to an organization
- Prepare relative questions to ask representatives. (What opportunities are available? What skills and experiences are they seeking in candidates?)
- Set realistic expectations. Few people will get hired on the spot.
What to wear
- Dress for success
- NO JEANS
- Wear comfortable dress shoes
What to bring
- Several copies of your resume
- Pen and paper for notes
- Portfolio/briefcase to hold resumes and company literature you may collect
During the Career Fair
- Arrive early – try to avoid peak periods
- Explore options – A variety of companies will participate. This is an excellent opportunity to browse, meet employers and learn about career options
- Ask employers specifically about opportunities / openings in your field (summer, entry-level, internship, full-time)
- Be patient and ready to wait in lines. Visit the less crowded employer tables first.
- Network with other candidates. You may hear about opportunities of which you were unaware.
- Conduct yourself professionally at all times. Remember, you could be making impressions while you are standing in line.
- At the table, introduce yourself to the employer with a firm handshake and a smile.
- When speaking to employers, maintain good eye contact, relax and speak slowly and confidently. Express your interest by demonstrating knowledge of the organization.
- Relate your skills, interests, and experience to specific needs of the employer.
- Listen and ask relevant questions about company and positions. This is not the time to ask salary related questions.
- Ask if you can leave a resume. (The employer may /may not take resumes)
- Ask for advice and/or referrals. Get appropriate contact information. Ask for a business card. Take brochures or other informational materials that are available.
- Keep a list of employers you meet and notes about the company and your conversation. It may be a good idea to make a few notes on the back of the business cards so that you remember the employers you meet.
- Regroup between tables and be ready for the next organization.
After the Career Fair
- Send follow-up notes to the employers of interest.
- Follow up with a phone call within two weeks.
- Check to make sure the company has received any application materials you have submitted. Check on the status of the position
View the 2012 JMSB event on the event calendar...