When you're job searching, take some time to attend Career/Job Fairs. UTTC has two fairs a year on campus bringing employers who want to recruit our students directly to you. Career center staff will also transport students to job fairs and career events in our area giving you the opportunity to meet employers and network to expand your employment opportunities.
Attend the fair dressed for success in professional clothing and shoes. You do not have to spend a great deal of money on these items, there are several thrift and consignment stores in our area where you can find gently used professional clothing for almost nothing. Invest now as you will need the clothing for interviews in the future.
Practice a quick pitch summarizing your skills and experience so you're ready to promote yourself. This can be hard to do so the more you practice the easier it will become. Find someone you trust to help you with this, staff at the career center are always willing to do this.
Bring copies of your resume, pens and a notepad.
Many fairs have information on participating companies on the job fair web site. Be prepared to talk to hiring managers by checking out the company's web site, mission, open positions, and general information before you go. If you demonstrate knowledge about each company you're talking to, you'll certainly stand out from the crowd.
Keep in mind that lines can be long, so arrive early.
While you are waiting in line, talk to others. You never know who might be able to help with your job search. Along the same lines, remember to stay polite and professional. Even if you're feeling discouraged in your job search, don't vent to other fair-goers about your situation or about any specific companies. Stay positive and make the most of the opportunity.
Shake hands, make eye contact and introduce yourself to recruiters. Demonstrate your interest in the company and their job opportunities.
Employer surveys identify one of the most important personal attributes candidates can bring to a new position as enthusiasm. This means that employers want to see you smile!
Have some questions ready for the company representatives. The more you engage them, the better impression you'll make.
Collect business cards, so you have the contact information for the people you have spoken with.
It's hard to keep track when you're meeting with multiple employers in a busy environment. Jot down notes on the back of the business cards you have collected or on your notepad, so you have a reminder of who you spoke to about what.
Take the time to send a brief follow up thank you note or email to the company representatives you met at the job fair. It's a good way to reiterate your interest in the company and to remind company representatives that you're a strong candidate.