Your goal at the job fair is to get noticed, make a great impression, and get your name of the list of candidates that will be interviewed. If you follow these strategies will you definitely be ahead of the game.
Arrive early. Review the list of companies and identify your top choices. Work your list by going to the companies that you are most interested in first. Go for quality not quantity
Develop a great 20 second elevator speech. Introduce yourself to the recruiter by quickly summarizing your objectives and qualifications.
Think of a good reason to go back a second time! Return to booths of interest to make the impression stick.
If the booth is really busy, ask the recruiter for a specific time that you can come back for an actual interview.
Mark your resume. Give resumes to everyone you talk to be sure to make a note on your resume to help the interviewer remember you.
Ask about the next step. You won’t necessarily get hired on the spot, but your goal is to set up an interview.
Talk to other candidates at the job fair. Ask them what companies they’ve spoken too. You may meet someone who can provide you with some helpful information.
Always collect business cards from recruiters. Use the e-mail addresses to send a thank you and follow-up notes.
Stay late, sometimes the last contact is the best contact.
Be prepared with a set of questions to keep the dialogue going.
This is a blueprint for job fair success. Be prepared. Follow these strategies and you are well on your way to securing the position that you desire.