HOW TO APPROACH A JOB FAIR
Learn what is expected of you at a job
● "How to
Approach a Job Fair"
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Write 30 second commercial-need an
here for practice commercial
Endicott's 8 Job Fair Tips:
1. Select 10 employers you are
interested in from
this link. Write those employers down
and write down beside them why you are interested in them. Know
where they are located in the room.
2. Research your top
employers-What do they do? Who are their
customers? What recent press coverage can you find that
touches on issues they face or trends in their industries?
What types of positions are they seeking to fill, and how do
you fit in?
3. Write a
One-Minute Job Fair Commercial. I
want you to memorize your commercial. Your commercial
should consist of:
►Introduce yourself by telling your
name,. grade level and major
►Some information you know about their organization-show
that you have done research
►Explain how interested you are in their organization and
what skills you have to offer
►Tell them a little bit about what you know related to their
►Ask for their feedback
"Hi I am Charlie Endicott and I am a senior psychology major
here at Salisbury University. I did an extensive
amount of research on your organization and I am really
excited about the possibility of a career with xxxxxx.
I noticed in my research that you have career opportunities
for outdoor counselors and that is a career area I have
always been interested in. Through my academic studies
and research I have a very solid understanding of the
importance of outdoor therapy and the role it plays in young
people making a full recovery. Could you please tell me
more about this opportunity and also what would be the best
way for me to apply for such an outstanding position?"
1. Could you look at my resume and give me some
2. How did you become interested in a career with??
3. Are there training programs available for new
4. How can I make myself the most qualified for your
5. What do you like the most about working for XXXX?
6. What are some of the most desirable skills you are
7. Do you think I would qualify for the position
openings at this time?
8. Are there opportunities for advancement within your
9. What do you thing is the most important thing for a
new hire to do within your company?
10. What are the most important skills you are looking for?
More job fair questions -
here for possible questions to ask the employer.
4. Have a firm handshake and
maintain eye contact. Let employers know how
serious you are. Greet the employer with a firm handshake,
and maintain eye contact throughout your conversation.
Showing interest and good manners is important, regardless
of the type of job you are looking for. Every employer
appreciates someone who is dedicated, conscientious, and
attentive. Get their business card.
5. Talk about what you can do
for them. How do your skills and experience help
them address a business need? Insofar as you are able to,
know what's important to them, and tell about a prior
experience or accomplishment that relates to that.
6. Put your best foot forward.
First impressions count.
Wear your best business attire.
7. Bring an ample supply of
resumes and business cards. Make sure your resume
is perfect - no typos or other bloopers
8. Follow up within 24 hours.
"This is critical. Bear in mind that these
recruiters will have met many students that day, so you need
to help them remember you. Click
here for a link to the Thank You Letter.
(handout-word) for Job Fair Tips and
play approaching a Recruiter at the job fair. One
person will be the student and one or two will be the
recruiters. Each person must have his/her commercial
ready and 10 questions. You will have 15 minutes to get ready for
How to dress or not to dress for a
here for what to wear to job fairs. Look at
employers thoughts and opinions from others.
What you should wear?
What should you NOT wear?
here for examples of what I have seen at a job fair in
here for past job fair pictures
What NOT to do at a Job Fair:
(-- Tim Gorman is a group vice president for Spherion, a
leading provider of recruiting and staffing services. He
oversees the operations of 28 staffing offices in Central
1) Never attend without a resume
2) Please donít hand out a resume with errors/misspellings
3) If youíre not dressed for the part, donít go. Remember,
this is an interview
4) Approaching employers/booths when it is overcrowded Ė
youíll never stand out Ė wait until they are less busy
5) Donít drop off and run Ė avoid the urge to simply hand
out as many resumes as you can Ė that isnít the goal. Make
sure you take the time to talk to the employers, ask
questions and appear genuinely interested and not just
another company on the receiving end of your resume rampage.