Ten Tips to Get The Most From the Job Fair

August 01, 2012 |

1. Check websites to see announcements of local job fairs. They will give you dates, locations, websites, directions, and contact information.

2. Check out which companies will be attending the job fair. Select those that are of interest to you and visit their website. What do you see that fits your qualifications? 3. Time is of the essence. Lay out a plan to move quickly around the site, making sure you contact those of particular interest.

4. Make sure your resume is in-line with what they are seeking – is it clearly stated?

5. Take several copies of your resume with you to the job fair.

6. Dress professionally, and in accordance with the job you are seeking. A non-management job does not require a suit, unless it is a particularly traditional or conservative company.

7. Plan to arrive early – at least a half hour prior to the starting time.

8. Upon arrival at the site, get a floor plan map – usually given at the entrance or information table. Or, better yet, there may be computers there for your use to look up participant’s locations and more company information.

9. Time is of the essence. Lay out a plan to move quickly around the site, making sure you contact those of particular interest. Visit the sites that have the fewest visitors, even though they would not be your first choice. Keep your focus and make contact with as many companies of interest as possible.

10. Be enthusiastic, upbeat, and above all, be prepared to tell them what you are looking for, and what you have to offer.

About Carole Martin

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  1. Danny Boy says:

    The sad bottom line is the federal agencies check with the Veterans Health Administration and Veterans Benefits Administration to check in the federa;l background. The agency hiring not the contractor doing the background check contacts these agencies. If you have a diagnosis of PTSD the hiring agency you applied with in the federal government will know your Diagnosis.

  2. Jeffrey Dorfman says:

    It is my understanding that the HIPPA law prevents any agency from giving any medical information without written permission. If they do, you can sue them for violation of the HIPPA law and that is a very serious crime. Not that one would be in it for the money, but it comes with a win in that law suit. This includes the Federal Government in hiring. They can only check on background and work information, not medical. That is a Federal Law.

  3. Nate1 says:

    It is against the HIPPA law, federal law, state law, city law, anything with the word law in it is against … I just got out of treatment at a VA facility and I had to sign a waiver form of ROI Resease of Information just so my wife could ask a question about my treatment…. So yes it is against the law