Here are tips for standing out like a sore thumb at a job fair.

1. Attend later in the day.
The early bird gets the worm. Right? Not in the case of job fairs. Show up early and there is a good chance you wont get noticed at all. This may sound counter-intuitive as we have always been told to show up early so we can demonstrate our punctuality and work ethic. However, in the case of job fairs showing up early often backfires because everyone has shown up early. In fact it is not uncommon to see a long line of applicants forming at the front door before the job fair begins.

The hiring managers can easily be overwhelmed trying to manage a large number of applicants vying for their attention all at once. When that happens they focus more on simply collecting your resume, handing you some marketing materials, and quickly moving on to the next applicant.

Things will settle down later in the day, allowing you to have more time with the company representatives. Additionally, you may see they've accumulated a large pile of resumes. Guess where your resume will go? Right on top.

Still concerned that showing up later in the day will reflect badly on you? Thank the hiring manager for Just mention to the hiring manager that you were at work or with a client earlier. That lets the hiring manager know you value customers before yourself. A highly prized trait.

2. Dress appropriately.
Whether judging someone by their haircut, physical features, or clothing is right or wrong, it happens. Use it to your advantage.

3. Visit every booth and employer.
Use this strategy if you want the best employers to look at you as the best candidate at the job fair.

4. Exude enthusiasm.
Your level of enthusiasm in front of an employer says a lot about you. It shows how much you are interested in working for the company. "Enthusiasm glows, radiates, permeates and immediately captures everyone's interest."

5. Get to the point immediately with a well-prepared elevator speech.
Using flowery words and speech to impress an interviewer will show a lack of focus. State facts and cite examples in a succinct manner.

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