tips for job seekers
Preparing For a Career Fair
Attending a career fair is a great way to get exposure to multiple employers and
develop your network of career contacts. It is also an opportunity to find out
valuable information about various industries, corporations, and different job
positions. Employers participate in career fairs to meet students and recruit
employees. They will provide you with general information about career options,
as well as specific information about current openings within their company.
What You Need To Do
Review the list of employers before
attending a career fair. Figure out which ones interest you the most and go
there first. It is also a good idea to determine where employers are located
beforehand and in what order to visit them.
Broaden your focus and include many
types of employers. While you may not have considered working for a
hospital, many hospitals recruit and hire professionals in different fields
such as management and information systems.
Be organized! Bring plenty of copies
of your résumé and a folder or portfolio to hold all your materials.
Have a pen/pencil and paper
available to take notes.
Introduce yourself. Be prepared with
a brief introductory sentence for each employer. Tell them the type of
position and career path you wish to follow.
Be aware of time demands on
employers. Do not monopolize an employer's time.
Ask specific questions about the
organization and career opportunities.
Offer to follow up after the fair.
Ask for employers' business cards
for follow up discussions and correspondence.
Learn From Employers
Employment and/or hiring trends.
necessary for different careers/jobs.
Salary, benefits, training, and other information about the organization.
contact for follow up discussions.
What Employers May Want To Learn About You
Specific career/job objectives.
Individual strengths and weaknesses.
Contributions you will make to the
Tips For Job Seekers