How to be Efficient at a Career Fair

Career Fairs are a great place to meet potential employers, but it can be overwhelming if you don’t have a plan. To help you out, here’s a list of things to do before and during the career fair to help you be more efficient.

Before you arrive at the career fair…

  1. Make sure you register. Not all career fairs require a registration, but double-check and register before you arrive. This can also save you money if there is a fee.

  2. Research. Discover what employers are attending the career fair and the open positions they offer.

  3. Create a list. Career fairs will be less intimidating if you already know the employers you want to visit. On your list, jot down a few notes (i.e. positions available, company goals, etc.). When you arrive at their table, you’ll be prepared to talk with their representative in a way that makes an impact.

  4. Prepare your elevator speech. Add in something unique about yourself and your experience to help the employer remember you after the fair.

  5. Update your resume. Check to make sure your resume lists your most up-to-date contact information and experience.

  6. Most importantly… Print your resume and have multiple copies ready.

Now that you are prepped and ready, it’s time to suit up and head to the career fair. Once you are there…

  1. Pause and assume the power pose. What’s the power pose? Check out Amy Cuddy’s TED Talk on the power pose and why body language is so important.

  2. Get your bearings. Figure out where each employer you want to meet is situated, so you’re not spending time wandering around.

  3. Make a plan. Now that you see the layout of the fair, prioritize who you want to meet, and figure out a plan to see each employer.

Career fairs will be less overwhelming if you follow these tips. What would you add to the list? How do you tackle a career fair and make it more efficient?

Posted on January 27, 2017 .