Career Fair Checklist
December 22, 2011
Before the Fair
Read one or more of the articles on working career fairs.
Visit career fair website.
Pre-register with the career fair.
Make a list of the companies and employers attending the fair.
Decide on the organizations you are most interested in and reasearch them.
Read about their current market value and projects.
Develop a plan of attack for the career fair.
Prepare an error-free and well-documented resume.
Print out extra copies of your standard resume to bring to the career fair.
Create or review your elevator speech – a 15- to 30-second commercial that tells who you are and what makes you unique.
Make a list of any questions that you want answers to.
Get a good night’s sleep the night before.
Pack pen and paper for jotting down notes and contact information.
Pack portfolio of your accomplishments and samples of your work.
Dress well and have a professional look.
Go easy on any perfume or cologne.
At the Fair
Attempt to establish rapport with each recruiter.
Treat every meeting as an interview with a potential employer.
Use your elevator speech.
Make sure that you feel confident.
Gather information and materials from each organization’s booth.
Showcase your knowledge of each company.
Ask about the organization’s recruiting timetable.
Collect business cards from each recruiter.
Make connections with people.
After the Fair
Send thank-you notes to each recruiter.
Plan to follow up with each recruiter about two weeks after the career fair.
Keep track of all the recruiters and potential job leads.
Find other sources of job leads.
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