Attending a Job Fair
Tips for your Job Fair Success
Before the Job Fair
During the Job Fair
- Check with the sponsoring Wisconsin Job Center for a list of participating employers.
- Research the companies that interest you. Learn who they are and what they do. Check company websites for information.
- Create a prioritized list of employers you’d like to meet with at the job fair.
- Plan your strategy. Visit the booths that interest you most when your energy level is up and you are at your best.
- Do not wander or roam. Present yourself with a purpose.
- Don’t be shy- be prepared!
- Prepare and practice your introduction. You should be able to state in less than one minute your name, work experiences and education in a manner that is natural.
- Practice out loud to feel comfortable with your presentation to the employer.
- Resumes -- Prepare a strong resume and bring a sufficient amount with you.
- Resumes must be crisp and clean. Carry in a portfolio if possible.
- If you are uncertain of the quality or content of your resume, visit your Wisconsin Job Center for professional assistance.
- Dress for Success! Dress professionally. Treat this event just like you would any job interview.
- Avoid strong cologne, gum chewing and do not smoke beforehand. Be well groomed.
After the Job Fair
- Greet each potential employer with a firm handshake and smile.
- Make eye contact and introduce yourself.
- Be polite!
- Listen carefully to what the recruiter is saying. The room will be noisy and busy. Try not to become distracted.
- Focus, Focus, Focus!
- Don’t let promotional freebies on the table distract you; do not grab at them.
- Remember the recruiters’ name. Glance at a nametag.
- Get a business card from each recruiter. Save and use it for follow up purposes.
- Thank each recruiter for their time.
- Follow up with a Thank You letter.
- Send a letter to each employer you spoke with.
- Send Thank You letters within 3 days after the event.
- It is okay to enclose a resume with your thank you letter. This may draw attention to your name once again.