Got a plan of at­tack?

Six things to help you achieve the best re­sults and make the most of your time

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THE FIRST DAY of the expo is usu­ally full of school groups and school leavers. If you’re not a cur­rent or re­cent stu­dent and are look­ing for in­for­ma­tion about em­ploy­ment or an ap­pren­tice­ship, avoid the Fri­day and visit the expo on the Satur­day to en­sure you have the rep­re­sen­ta­tive’s full at­ten­tion. DRESS SMART CA­SUAL First im­pres­sions count, so make sure you look the part. Smart vis­i­tors also will bring copies of their cur­rent re­sume with them and/or a card out­lin­ing their con­tact de­tails to dis­trib­ute to all the prospec­tive em­ploy­ers at ex­hibits. PLAN YOUR VISIT Iden­tify which ex­hibitors you want to see and any spe­cific ques­tions you want to ask. A list of all ex­hibitors and a map on where to find them can be found in this expo guide.

Visit www.eo­c­ for fur­ther links and con­tact de­tails for ex­hibitors who will be in at­ten­dance. DON’T BE­WON OVER BY FREE­BIES Most ex­hibitors will have bags or in­for­ma­tion packs with mer­chan­dise for vis­i­tors to en­sure their brand is re­mem­bered. These can be use­ful tools to re­mem­ber key in­for­ma­tion but don’t fo­cus on the free stuff. Lis­ten to what ex­hibitors are say­ing and seek out use­ful brochures. PEAK AT­TEN­DANCE times are be­tween 11.30am and 2.30pm. If you want an ex­tended con­ver­sa­tion with ex­hibitors, ar­rive well be­fore or well af­ter these times. It also may pay to at­tend sem­i­nars you are in­ter­ested in dur­ing the peak times to free you up be­fore and af­ter to talk to ex­hibitors. Ask for busi­ness cards if they are not of­fered and take them when they are of­fered. You never know when or where the con­tacts you make may come in handy to your ca­reer.

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