How to get the best out of a jobs fair

The Oban Times - - Jobs Fair -

Em­ploy­ers usu­ally do not in­ter­view at the fair, but they may col­lect busi­ness cards and CVs that can lead to mean­ing­ful in­ter­views in the weeks to come. Nev­er­the­less, job­seek­ers should be ‘on’ when they at­tend a jobs fair, be­cause se­ri­ous in­ter­views can oc­cur on the spot. How can you get the best out of a job fair? Dress for suc­cess. When you at­tend a jobs fair, wear proper busi­ness at­tire. You may be meet­ing your new boss and want your first im­pres­sion to be pro­fes­sional. Bring your ‘A’ game. Print a dozen or so copies of your CV and have those at hand to leave with po­ten­tial em­ploy­ers (see our top tips for CV suc­cess.) If you are in tran­si­tion, con­sider get­ting busi­ness cards. They don’t have to be fussy, but it helps if they are pro­fes­sion­ally printed and not printed on your home com­puter. Do your home­work. Read the fair guide be­fore you go to find out which com­pa­nies are present. Make a short­list of those you most want to visit, then fa­mil­iarise your­self with the com­pany web­sites. That way, when you meet the em­ployer, you will seem knowl­edge­able – and you won’t waste their time ask­ing some­thing a ba­sic on­line search will an­swer. Ask the right ques­tions. Avoid ask­ing what the com­pany does (you should have done your home­work) or items such as how much they pay or what they can of­fer you. Bet­ter ques­tions would en­com­pass what ex­pe­ri­ence they like ap­pli­cants to have or how they would de­scribe the com­pany cul­ture.

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