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- Be mentally prepared with a list of question to keep conversation flowing. Ask about company, industry, what job opportunities exist, etc. Always try to relate your skills and experience to company or jobs that may be open at company.
- Visit companies outside your industry. You will be surprised at how many companies hire in all types of professions (ie. hospitals, banks, etc.)
- Visit your lower priority companies first. This way you can practice and fine tune your approach. When you are ready, then proceed to top priority employers on your list.
- Network! Talk to both employers and other job candidates. If you are standing in line, donít be shy talk to people in line. More jobs are filled by networking than any other means.
- Conduct yourself with a professional manner at all times. Employers are watching at all times. So when you are walking around or waiting in line, always maintain professionalism.
- Be aware of time. Donít stand and monopolize an employerís time. Its not good for them or for you. Ask specific questions, get to point and most importantly get contact information for later follow-up.
D) CAREER FAIR FOLLOW-UP ========================== Its important to keep yourself fresh in mind of employers. To do this, you must send follow-up or thank you letters within two days. Always refer to date and location of job fair. Try and highlight any part of conversation that stood out to make it easy for them to remember you. Always include a copy of your resume. You might also want to follow-up with a phone call.
Also its important to re-group after a career fair and evaluate your experience. Try and understand what you did right and what can be improved upon, as this will help you be more productive at next fair.
Most importantly, just have a very positive attitude. Always have a smile and thank each person you speak to for his/her time. You have something to sell and employers are there to shop around, and vice versa.
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Sincerely, Nathan Newberger, Managing Editor http://www.WorkTree.com "Helping You Find More Jobs Faster"
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