6 Ways to Turn a Job Fair into a Job
June 08, 2011
Tip No. 4: Do your homework
Arriving prepared and treating job fairs like preliminary interviews means more work than most people are willing to put in. It’s not enough to know the list of agencies appearing. You should know what each agency does, what job openings they have listed, and (most importantly) your selling point for each agency.
Remember, hiring managers are like anyone else — the easier the better. They aren’t going to go out of their way to find you a job just because you put on some nice clothes and drove to a convention center. Make their lives easier by having something ready to say when you hand them your resume (and business card, if you have one). Here’s an example for someone speaking with the hiring manager for a tech agency:
Job Fair Attendee: “Hello, my name is Jane Smith, nice to meet you.”
Hiring Manager: “Hi, nice to meet you.”
Job Fair Attendee: “I’m particularly interested in the executive assistant position I saw listed on your agency website. I have several years of experience working for software agencies, both in office management and arranging travel for executives, so I’m aware of the expertise a growing IT firm like yours needs.”