To assist others in preparing for college fairs, here are 5 tips that can help you make the most out of a career fair:
#1 - PRIORITIZEFind out what companies are going to be attending prior to the day of the career fair and identify and prioritize the top companies that you definitely want to visit.
#2 - RESEARCHSpend a little time researching these companies; the more you know the better. Use the Internet, library, etc. Employers love talking to candidates who are familiar with their company and business. It also makes you look smart. Candidates who are knowledgeable about a company come across as intelligent and interested.
#3 - YOUR RESUMECreate and/or refine your resume and bring many, many clean, crisp copies to handout. This is very important!
#4 - APPROACHCreate a one-minute introduction that summarizes your skills, goals, experience, etc. Practice this until you are comfortable using this as your opening. The career fair will present many mini interviews and you need to be prepared for this. Anticipate interview questions and practice your responses.
#5 - APPEARANCEDress professionally - don't wear shorts and sandals. Use good judgment in what you wear and project professionalism. Bring a nice folder to carry your resumes and a notepad and pen for taking notes.
good luck all!