4 Ways to Win Over Potential Employers at a Job Fair

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One of the best resources for job hunters today is the job fair. At a job fair, potential employers come together to represent their companies and industries, and meet with those who are seeking employment. If you can impress a representative at a job fair, it can go a long way toward finding that coveted position. Here are four ways you can put your best foot forward.

  1. Prepare Your Elevator Pitch
    An elevator pitch is a brief pitch about a product or idea you are trying to sell. The name reflects the idea that you should be able to explain the product during the time of a typical elevator ride. In this case, the product is you. Your pitch should include a quick summary of your professional/educational background, skills, and strengths that can benefit the recruiter.
  2. Dress for Success
    Wear your most professional clothes, regardless of your industry. Make sure that they are pressed and neat, and wear shoes that are going to hold up and not hurt as you’re on your feet all day long. This doesn’t mean sneakers, though: You want your shoes to be conservative and businesslike, but still comfortable for a long day of wear. Just like any meeting, be professional and polite in your look and demeanor.
  3. Bring Your Resume
    This may seem like a no-brainer, but make sure your resume is up to date, without errors, and bring enough copies for each recruiter. Keep your resumes in a briefcase or another professional-looking carrier; this will also allow you to store business cards that you collect as you travel through the fair.
  4. Network, Network, Network
    Come away from the job fair with as many contacts as you can. The Carrington College Career Services Team suggests that you keep in mind that this doesn’t just mean the representatives and recruiters, either; anyone in line with you while you wait can become a valuable contact in the future. Exchange information and add contacts on LinkedIn to keep in touch

Following these four tips will give you a good head start on making a strong impression with company representatives as you visit a job fair. With tact, confidence, and presentation, you’ll find there are a lot of opportunities out there. Goodwill’s 27 Career Solutions Centers located throughout Middle and West Tennessee host a variety of job fairs each week. Take a look at the job fair calendar to find an opportunity near you.

 

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