Tips on how you can rock the career fair

The spring semester is coming to a close (yes, we know it may not be ending fast enough for you) and that means you may be starting to think about the future. If you’re graduating, you’re probably thinking about getting a job. If you have more school to go, you may be thinking about an internship.

And that’s where career fairs come in. Career fairs are great places to meet potential employers or find possible internships. But, if you’re going to rock the career fair, you’ll have to be prepared.

Thomas Frank, who writes the College Info Geek blog  offers several suggestions on how to get prepared.

Wear the right stuff
You want to make a good first impression, and your outward appearance will play a part in that impression. That means you’re going to have to look like a professional. Wear a suit or a professional-looking dress or shirt. (Ladies, please, keep in mind that all of your parts need to be hidden, unless you want a job at a strip joint.)

Make your resume stand out
Recruiters are going to see lots of resumes during the fair. Yours will need to stand out. We’re going to address later in April, so stay tuned.

Create some snazzy business cards
Some recruiters may not accept paper resumes at a fair, asking you to upload it to their company’s website instead. If that’s the case, you’ll still want to leave them with something to remember you by. And we do mean remember. Invest in cards that will stand out, whether they’re full color, double sided, round cornered or all three.

Be bold and brave
Introduce yourself. Tell the business representative why you’re interested in his or her company. Then, starting asking some questions. Don’t forget to write down the names of the recruiters you meet. That way, you can follow up with them when the fair is over. It’ll make you look like you have perseverance.    

Have you already made the career fair rounds? Do you have any suggestions? If so, let us know.


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