Job Seeker Tips

How to Maximize Your Job Fair Experience

Make a Good First Impression

  • Relax
  • Smile
  • Practice a firm handshake
  • Maintain good eye contact
  • Wear business attire that is professional, clean, wrinkle-free, and well-fitting
  • Polish your dress shoes
  • Avoid coffee and cigarettes to reduce unpleasant odors
  • Wear minimal cologne, perfume, make-up, and jewelry

Practice Your Introduction (“Elevator Speech”)

  • Prepare a 20-second personal introduction to describe your relevant skills and experience
  •  This statement should emphasize your strengths and highlight your background
  •  Speak clearly and confidently
  • If you need help creating your personal introduction, visit your local job center

Approaching Employers

Research the participating employers to demonstrate your interest in their products/services

  • Ask questions…
  • I read about your community service involvement on the company website; was your department involved in that project?
  •  What particular skills do you value most in a new hire?
  • What do you like about working for your organization?
  • Prepare for questions…
  •  You could receive an on-the-spot interview
  • Be able to answer common questions about your interests, skills, and experience
  • Don’t forget…
  • Apply for job openings online prior to the event
  • Collect business cards for thank you notes and follow-up questions
  • Make extra copies of your résumé