Job fairs are becoming more popular as a means of finding entry level candidates. They are a great way for candidates to meet multiple employers on the same day. You don't need to be unemployed to attend a job fair; if you are just seeking part-time work, or considering a change in employment, attending a job fair could also be beneficial to you.
JobCentre Plus holds regular job fairs to give job seekers the chance to meet and talk to employers who have vacancies available. Job seekers can pick up application forms or even be interviewed at the events. Many well known employers take part in the JobCentre Plus job fairs. These events also give employers the chance to speak with others in the same business sector.
The key to making a good impression at a job fair is preparation. Before the job fair you should:
Do some research on the company or companies that will be attending as a bit of prior knowledge about the employer will give you a potential advantage over other candidates.
It may sound obvious, but you should be smartly dressed and well groomed, just as if you were attending a regular job interview. First impressions count here and employers tend to size up candidates quickly based on appearance and communication skills.
Make plans to get there on time, especially if you will be travelling by public transport. It will show that you are serious about getting a job and that you are organised enough to be punctual.
Bring several copies of your CV, perhaps in a folder, and take a notebook and pen with you.
As you may be asked about your experience, it makes sense to prepare a brief summary of your skills and experience that you can relate to prospective employers.
As an interview may even be on the cards, it makes sense to do some general interview preparation too. I have a whole section on this here.
When speaking to company representatives at the job fair, be polite and professional. Appear enthusiastic and use the research you have done on the company to ask relevant questions about the roles they are recruiting for. Use the notebook and pen you have brought with you to write down any important information you might be given. If you need to fill out any application forms, use the CV you have brought as a prompt for details and dates. Thank the company representative for their time after you have spoken to them and get any details you may need for any follow up.
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