Devise a plan for the day. Get there early. Select the top 10/15 companies you’d like to meet & visit them first. Early in the day is best to get recruiters attention. But also leave some time for “wild cards”.
Dress smart. What you wear is important. Job fairs are typically big events with a lot of people, and you’ll stand out by looking good.
CV’s. Print the amount you think you’ll need & double it !
Do your research. The more you know about the organisation and the types of positions they hire for, the better you will come across to the employer. Aspira’s Resourcing Manager, Russell Moore says, “Surprise companies with your knowledge, and impress them with the initiative you took to research the company’s mission, purpose, and typical clients.”
Don’t ask questions that you can find answers to online. Ask recruiters to elaborate on information you’ve learned from your research instead of. Mention something you’ve read online about a new product or a new initiative.
Make an impression. Be enthusiastic. Demonstrate your interest with a firm handshake, good eye contact, a smile, and a good conversation with the company representative.
Remember this is networking. Collect as many business cards as possible and make a good first impression. When it’s time to apply for an open position, you can stand out by referencing that connection in your cover letter or introduction email.
Be prepared to answer questions about yourself. Be concise; you don’t have much time to make your impression before the recruiter is on to the next person. “Sell yourself but keep it brief. Describe your skills and where possible, relevant work experience.” says Philip McGillycuddy, Head of Business Development at Aspira
Keep your ear to the ground. Listen to everyone around you. If you find yourself waiting in line to speak with an employer, make your time count.
Take notes on the stand. You’re going to be speaking to a lot of different people – you will not remember every conversation. Take the worry of having to recall details by taking notes.
Check your phone. Sometimes employers might have follow up questions for you. If they do, that’s usually a good sign – do you want to miss out because you missed a call?
Follow up after the event. Be prepared to follow up with the recruiters after you meet them. Ask for a business card, and send thank you emails.
Created by: Philip McGillycuddy
Position: Head of Business Development