4 Tips To Help You Maximize Your Next Career Fair

Career fairs can be daunting. Depending on the size and venue of the career fair, the number of employers setting up booths at these events can at times be in the hundreds. How do you navigate it all? I've put together a list of a few things to help you navigate the madness otherwise known as, the career fair.

1. Visit the career fair website. Most career fairs have websites to showcase and/or highlight participating employers and vendors. Once you have identified the employer you are interested in, visit the company's website, look around, and view the positions available. You can tailor your resume to fit the specifications of any available positions.  It also gives you time to develop questions to ask the recruiter running the booth at the career fair. 

2. Dress the part! - It should go without saying, but I would be providing a disservice if I didn't at least mention it. No one is saying you have to dress to the nines, but you should at the very least dress business casual with clean and neat clothing on. 

3. Leave the entourage at home. It is nice to have friends and family who want to support you. It's great. But unless they are actually in the market to search for new employment as well, it's probably best to go at it alone, at least for the day of the career fair. Traveling with a group of people can be a distraction for you, and most of the time, it is not intentional. 

4. Take a business card...from everyone! Yes, even those employers you have no interest in working for. More than likely, the application process will begin or at least go through the recruiter, and that business card you hold will give you a direct line of communication to them. Before asking for a business card, make sure the conversation you have with them is memorable. It will come in handy as a point of reference when you initiate contact with them after the career fair is over. 

As always, this list is in no way all inclusive. Just a few hints to help you maximize your job fair experience. And of course, what kind of recruiter would I be if I did not recommend that ever job seeker should work with a recruiter. A good recruiter. - Chris