Going to a Jobs Fair or attending a virtual fair can be daunting, but with a bit of preparation, this doesn’t have to be the case.
We’ve included some tips below to help you get ready for the jobs fairs:
Be sure to have a look at the exhibitor list for the event and have a look at who will be there. Feedback from employers is that some candidates do not take the time to research their company before speaking to them. Learning a thing or two about the company will help you prepare for discussions with the employer and help you respond to them better. Visit their websites to get a clearer understanding of their business and better impress them.
First impressions last
Remember you could be talking with your next employer, so ensure that your first impression is a good one. Make sure you come prepared, and show enthusiasm and interest in the company during your interactions.
- Pitch – spend a few minutes thinking about how to tell an employer about you and your skills in a short and succinct way. Just remember to be prepared to answer questions about yourself and be enthusiastic. Employers love when job seekers come to a Jobs Fair with positive energy and enthusiasm. Be ready to answer ‘Tell me about yourself’. Prepare a brief statement beforehand about yourself, your experience, accomplishments and skills, and why you would like to work for their company. This will help you feel more confident.
- Dress to impress – what you wear is important. Be aware that employers really do notice details like untidy clothes, and dressing appropriately shows an understanding of behaviours expected in a workplace.
- Update your résumé – make sure your résumé is up-to-date, bring a few copies with you on the day and have it readily available on your device or a USB. There will also be the opportunity to have your résumé reviewed on the day for free.
- Ask the right questions – experts say you should never ask ‘What kind of positions are you hiring for?’ or ‘What is your organisation all about?’ These answers are quite easy for you to find out online. Instead, ask ‘What kind of person are you looking for?’ or ‘What skills or qualifications do you see as important?’.
- Be yourself - just remember, employers are there to meet you, as much as you are there to meet them.
Presentations and workshops
Make the most of the workshops and presentations. There’s some great content that could assist you in securing your next role delivered by experts in their field. Make sure you look through the schedule and work out which sessions will be the most beneficial for you.
After you have attended a Jobs Fair and had discussions with several employers, it is important to remember to also apply online – more and more employers like to receive applications this way. Provide a cover letter and remember to refer to the conversation you had with the employer at the jobs Fair. Just because an employer took your résumé, it doesn’t mean that you have been shortlisted for an interview. The employer will let you know if they would like you to attend an interview.
Follow up by email
Last but not least, don’t forget to send thank you emails to the representatives you really connected with at the Jobs Fair. This shows interest and ambition. Use the business cards you collected to make sure you don’t forget anyone. Good luck and we hope you find the Jobs Fairs useful!