At a career fair, there’s so much you can learn about, and uncountable opportunities you can exploit. Many of those who attend career fairs do so to take advantage of such opportunities. However, knowing exactly how to prepare for a fair usually makes the difference between those who grab jobs or exploit other opportunities and those who don’t.
- Do your homework – research. You can always find information on previous career fairs by the same organizers whose event you plan to attend.
- Find out about those who will be exhibiting at the fair. Visit their specific websites and get relevant information about their businesses. Attendees who have done some background research ask more precise questions, increasing their chances of impressing company representatives. Knowing about a company or employer also helps you answer questions better. Asking the right questions and giving the right answers are two aspects of interviews that could earn you a cool spot in a company’s good books.
- Determine ahead of time which of these exhibitor booths you will be visiting. This is very important because there is limited time to talk to every exhibitor present in the fair and you may not have the chance to visit all exhibitor booths.
- Information about respective exhibitors is usually displayed on the fair website. Alternatively, you could subscribe to the organizer’s mail list to get updates or get a phone number through which you can stay updated until after the event.
- One prominent reason for attending a career fair is the possibility of getting a job on the spot. A typical career fair ends with a good number of unemployed people getting jobs or at least receiving appointments for job interviews. But you can be sure that such people are not “just lucky”. You need to intentionally make preparations to impress exhibitors. Before going for the event, make sure you are prepared for an interview.
- Have your documents sorted out and ready for submission? Like a normal Job interview process, you cannot afford to be careless or forgetful. You have just one shot so by all means, be prepared to make it count. Of course, there should be a CV carefully prepared and filed alongside every other credential you will take along for a job interview.
- Your dressing is one more aspect of preparation to be especially careful about. Most often than not, the choice of clothing you put on gives an impression of your personality before anything else. If you look forward to having a job on the spot or maybe get recommended, then make the best of the only chance you have by dressing appropriately. Though this does not imply being suited or anything too serious it sure does not demand being casual. Just make sure your choice of clothing for the event is formal and decent enough to portray a cooperate image.
- Career fairs also offer a ton of career counselling. However, most of what you will hear isn’t going to be of much help if you don’t have it on record for future reference. Sometimes, it’s tempting to overrate one’s memory capacity and assume that what is heard or seen will be recalled when the need arises. As experience may have already thought you, most times, you would have noticed that it’s difficult to recall certain information that is of value to you. That is exactly why you need to have materials with which you can take down notes or record important information.
- Many other people who attend career fairs are there to clear up some questions for which they had not found answers for. Clearly write out your questions and worries before going for the event. Even if you panic or become distracted by other things, you are sure to remember the questions and worries you had written down. This way, you don’t look back at the experience with regrets or disappointments.
In a nutshell, like every other opportunity life offers, only those who are PREPARED for it will make the most out of a career fair.