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  • 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 questions.
    • Ask about the organization’s recruiting timetable.
    • Collect business cards from each recruiter.
    • Be polite.
    • 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.

Career Fair Checklist
  Alex Strickland

on December 22, 2011

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