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.