Before the Fair
- If preregistration is required and you have to submit your resume, title your resume in a professional manner such as your “lastname_firstname.doc” NOT “Usethisone2012.doc.”
- Do NOT do anything job search related such as apply for jobs or set up interviews through your current work e-mail address.
- Find out what businesses will be there. The more information you can gather beforehand, the more successful the job fair is going to be for you.
- No matter what job you’re applying for, dress your best – no daisy dukes or tube tops; wear your “church clothes.”
- If you don't already have one, it is a good idea to put a resume together for a job fair. It gives employers a blueprint of your skills and something tangible to remember you by.
- Proofread your resume - at least twice.
- Take at least 20 copies of your resume with you on high quality paper.
- Develop some questions you'd like to ask employers.
During the Fair
- Be prepared for an on-the-spot interview, have your 30-second elevator speech practiced and ready! Your "elevator speech" is a little pitch that says a whole lot about you. You’re giving someone a nutshell version of who you are and what you offer, as you talk in an elevator taking a 30-second ride in a tall building. Think of this as a radio or television commercial all about you. You are the product.
- Also prepare to fill out a job application on the spot. Unless you're otherwise directed, it's best to turn it in right away.
- Collect business cards or contact info as you go, and do follow up within 24-48 hours with a thank-you letter to each of the representatives with whom you spoke. It's courteous, professional and typically expected, even after casual job fairs.
After the Fair
- Follow up with a thank you note. Experts agree that follow-up is an important part of attending a job fair. If you picked up a business card, or the name of the company's job fair representative, send a thank you note a day or two after the job fair.