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Mastering the Art of a Career Fair

MASTERING THE ART OF A CAREER FAIR In today's uneasy job market, it's vital for upcoming college graduates to take advantage of career fairs where they can make lasting impressions and connections. MAKE THE MOST OUT OF YOUR CAREER FAIR EXPERIENCE WITH THESE 8 TIPS LOOK THE PART AND DRESS FOR SUCCESS Approach this like an interview; show up well-groomed and dressed to impress. MEN WOMEN Your outfit should include a pressed button-down shirt with pressed dress pants or a suit. Wear neutral colors (navy, gray, black, Wear either pressed dress pants or a skirt with a hemline that comes at least to your knees. In addition to tailored shirts or blouses, tailored knit sweaters are an appropriate tan) with a white, cream, or light blue shirt under the coat. Don't forget to shave. business casual choice. DO YOUR HOMEWORK HAVE YOUR RESUME RESUME Find out what businesses are going to be at the Preparing a resume is vital for your job search. Write a concise and effective resume and print career fair by calling or emailing the event organizer. Then take time to research the companies you are most interested in. enough copies to give to each employer. PREPARE YOUR ELEVATOR SPEECH This is a 30-second summary about yourself that you can give to each table you visit. This should include your education, experience, and skills that will benefit the company you are speaking with. ABOUT ME Avoid discussing any part of your personal life. Stick to the point in a professional manner. COLLECTING CARDS MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR TIME JANE DOE CREATOR OF STUFF JOHNAWESOMENET Ask for business cards from each person you Network with as many employers as possible, as well as other job seekers. speak with to follow up with after the fair. NO SMOKING FIGHT HUNGER Refrain from smoking or chewing tobacco before attending the career fair. If a fix is a must, brush your teeth and chew gum before meeting prospective employers. It can be a challenge trying to make a good impression with a growling stomach or devouring the vendor's candy, so eat something substantial prior to arriving at the fair. IT'S ALL ABOUT NETWORKING FIRST IMPRESSIONS COUNT RESEARCH THE COMPANIES 2) Treat every networking opportunity as a mini-interview. Go above and beyond by learning everything you can about the companies that interest most. Use this knowledge for follow-up questions. the FOLLOW UP BE SUCCINCT End a conversation by asking for contact information. When you get home send a quick email, thanking the contact for their time After you introduce yourself, keep it short and simple. Be concise about who you are, what you want and asking any other questions you might have. to do, and ask your necessary In a world of social networking users, check to see if the company is on Linkedin. If so, add them to your questions. connections. SOURCE: RASMUSSEN.EDU RASMUSSEN COLLEGE Created by Column Five for Rasmussen College

Mastering the Art of a Career Fair

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The season for career fairs and job expos is just beginning and with a constantly changing job market, it is important for job seekers to be fully prepared when attending career events. The following ...


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