Okay, so Spring is in full effect and there is no better time to start updating your resume and shopping around for jobs than right now. This is an extremely popular time for career fairs and expos. To aid those who are interested, below are some very helpful tips during the entire process:
- Do your research! Most people come to see what is available, and too few actually know which companies are attending, what those companies actually do, and how career goals or desires sync up with any interested or interesting companies.
- Bring Resumes and Porfolios: Don’t run out of resumes, and always have samples of your work available for interested parties. If you do not have tangible samples, a career portfolio is a great way to show people you are professional, and you are prepared.
- Attire: Goes without saying
- Strategy: Fairs are for a limited time only. Therefore, your time is valuable and their time is scarce. Strategically choose which prospects are the most appealing and make sure those receive the most attention. Developing a sound strategy is critical to getting the most out of these fairs as possible
- Interviewing: Communicating the right things and doing it well is something everyone can appreciate, especially the firms and companies at these fairs. Do your research, prepare some general responses and tailor them to the particular interview you plan to have. Be prepared to answer questions about yourself, and the company. Lastly, make sure you ask the interviewers questions, especially about next steps to obtain the job, or another interview.
- Networking and Follow-up: While at the fairs, build your relationships with recruiters, other job seekers, and any professional organizations around. Be sure to follow up not only with the recruiters, but also with all employment groups and professional opportunities.
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Does anyone have any valuable tips for networking success that weren’t covered in this discussion, or that need to be reiterated?
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