Tips for Making the Most out of a Job Fair

Job fairs can seem like a cattle call, a herd of people shuffling through a crowded area hoping to gain the attention of the employers present. On the surface it seems like an uphill climb, or to some, a waste of time. But when done right, job fairs can help get you in front of the right people to make the right impression – we show you how in this short video:

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Brian Clapp, Director of Content: Job fairs come off like a meat market, hundreds of people swarming in to a couple of employers who may have a couple of job openings. That’s the impression. But I’ll tell you, there are job fairs out there that are extremely beneficial – the right companies attend, the right opportunities are available and the right networking events happen afterwards – so they can be an important part of your job seeking portfolio.

If you are going to go to a job fair, there are four things you have to keep in mind.

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Companies at a Job Fair want to find talented people – you should be that person! (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

#1 Research the companies that are going to be there before you go

The worst thing you can do is walk up to a booth and say ‘So, what do you guys do?’. That’s not going to impress anybody, they are not going to hire you or even want to talk to you. Know what each company does beforehand so you can hold an intelligent conversation with them.

#2 Prepare your introduction

You need to be able to introduce yourself to a potential hiring manager at a booth by explaining who you are quickly. You have a limited time to make an positive impression. Don’t make it sound too robotic, but rehearse a basic outline of what you will say when you meet a new recruiter or HR rep.

#3 Take notes

This isn’t speed dating, you don’t have to rush over from booth to booth. After you talk to a company representative, take a moment, write down some notes about your conversation, because you are going to get the details of your conversation lost amongst the ongoing chaos if you don’t. Take a minute, write down the persons name and title, jot down some notes regarding your conversation and have those memories saved for later

#4 Follow up

No matter who you meet with that day, send a follow up correspondence. Sure you can write them an email, but everyone else will be doing that. Maybe this is the time to do something a little different, write a handwritten professional card, “I really appreciated meeting you and look forward to discussing future opportunities.” It doesn’t have to be crazy ornate, it just needs to be personal and help you stand out from the rest of the herd.

If you do these four things you have a much better chance at your job fair experience being worth your time.

About Brian Clapp

Brian Clapp has worked in the broadcast media for over 14 years as a writer, editor, producer & news director. After beginning his career in Atlanta at CNN/Sports Illustrated, he switched coasts to Seattle to work at Fox Sports Northwest. In 2010, Brian began pursuing a new found passion on the digital media side, launching a successful website and then taking on the role of Director of Content for &

Recently Brian has become addicted to Google+ and LinkedIn so add him to your circles and make him a contact. No seriously, you should.


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