Walking into a career fair may seem like a daunting task. You may be one of hundreds of candidates vying for a recruiter’s attention, but you can earn an advantage over the competition by following these top tips for career fair success.
- DO YOUR HOMEWORK
Most companies have to pre-register if they plan to have a booth at a job fair. This information is available to you on Aztec Career Connection. See which companies are hiring people with your skill set and then make an effort to visit those recruiters.
We will provide participants with a floor plan or map of the company locations. Since career fairs can be overwhelming, bring a highlighter or pen with you to mark the places you want to visit. You should also mark off the companies that you speak to, so that you can remember to follow-up after the event.
- BRING EXTRA COPIES OF YOUR RESUME
Even though you have target companies that you’ll want to visit, bring extra copies of your resume in case you see an employer or position opening that appeals to you the day of the career fair. You don’t need to hand out your resume aimlessly, but bring at least a dozen extra copies above what you need for your target companies. Nothing is worse than finding an opportunity and not being prepared.
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Tuesday, February 16, 2016 1 to 3 pm – SSE-1200
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- PRACTICE YOUR ELEVATOR SPEECH
In this economy, career fairs attract hundreds of candidates. In order to be noticed – and remembered – by recruiters, you should have a 30 second or less pitch about who you are and what value you would add to the employer. It takes a while to perfect your pitch, so write it out, revise it and practice several times before the career fair.
- WEAR COMFORTABLE SHOES
This may seem like a no-brainer, but participating in a career fair can be grueling both emotionally and physically. You won’t be able to be your best self for the recruiters if you’re in excruciating pain because of uncomfortable footwear. Most job seekers dress professionally for career fairs and you should do that, too, but make comfortable business-appropriate shoes a priority.
- FOLLOW UP WITHIN 24 HOURS
Recruiters meet lots of candidates at career fairs. If you want to set yourself apart from the competition, take business cards and send thank you e-mails after the event. In your e-mail, you should reference when and where you met and the position that interests you. You most likely won’t receive a response from the recruiter, but it might help move your resume to the top of the pile.
Please be sure to visit our website for more, career.sdsu.edu. Have any questions? Wish to book an appointment? Give us a call at (619) 594-6851 during business hours.