Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Tips for a Successful Career Fair Experience

We have come to a close on our Fall Semester with Collegiate Recruiting! As a new recruiter, this fall was an eye opening experience for me! I had the opportunity to attend several career fairs nationwide and I couldn’t believe some of the interesting things I came across at these fairs. If you are looking to land a career there are a few things you need to do to make sure you make a lasting impression on the recruiter!
1)      Do your research – Find out what employers will be at the Career Fair, do some research on all the companies in your field and go to those first. If you really want to impress, have some facts ready about the company you are visiting as a conversation starter for the recruiters. This is a great way to show your interest and an AWESOME start to making a memorable first impression.

2)      Dress to impress – There is an old saying that says “dress for the job you want and not for the job you have.” You want to look GOOD. Business professional is best.  Wear a nice suit, get a fresh haircut, avoid gaudy jewelry, and look polished. Your first impression depends on it.

3)      Have resume on hand – Have a revised and updated version printed on resume paper. A nice touch is to have business cards made with your information. There are many websites available to guide you in this process.  

4)      Firm hand shake – A firm hand shake with an upbeat smile on your face exudes confidence. Studies show there is a sizeable relationship between the features that characterize a firm handshake with a favorable first impression. Whether male or female have a firm and full handshake with great eye contact will leave an impression to remember.

Use these tips to make a great first impression at your next career fair! Happy Hunting!

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