How to Work a Job Fair
Obtain a list of employers and plan your strategy for companies you want to visit.
Remember: The "bigger name" companies have the longest lines. Research companies you plan to visit, and prepare several questions to ask each recruiter.
A perfect resume is a must! Stop by the Career Center or set up an appointment to have your resume reviewed.
Learn to sell yourself - and fast! Prepare your 30 second commercial. Spark the recruiter's interest in you for a future, more formal interview.
Be polite at all times. The person you meet in the parking lot, elevator, hallway, or restroom may be a recruiter you'll see later that day.
Recruiters see candidates as possible future representatives of their organizations. You must display confidence, enthusiasm, and the ability to think and speak on your feet, and under pressure.
Get the recruiter's business card, and discuss how and when you should follow-up with the recruiter. Follow-up offers another opportunity to outline what you know about the company, your qualifications, and why you're a "good fit".
You won't receive a job offer at the job fair, if you do, you're truly one in a million. This does not mean that companies are not hiring. Remember: You're trying to land an interview.
Statistics from job fairs indicate that many candidates receive interviews from job fairs, and a good percentage of those eventually receive offers. This process can take three to four months (or longer). Again, the larger the company, the longer this may take.