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Job Fair Information:
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
La Quinta Inn & Suites
4859 McKnight Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15237
Tips for Attending Job Fairs
- Before attending a fair, you should prepare a resume. Bring several copies to the fair. Leave at least one with every company that seems promising. A resume lists your name, contact information, education, and experience,both paid and unpaid. It emphasizes accomplishments and skills. Most resume for entry-level jobs are one page.
- Dress neatly. A job fair is like a series of mini-interviews, with recruiters forming impressions of the people they meet. You might not need to wear a suit, but clothes that are too casual could be a strike against you. Clothes that are too short, too tight, too worn, or too playful are particularly risky. If you are unsure about what to wear, ask a career counselor or someone from the organization sponsoring the fair.
- Go alone. Leave children and other relatives at home. If you plan to attend the fair with a friend, don’t appear to be inseparable when visiting booths. A professional image is easier to maintain if you speak to employers alone.
Survey the terrain and plot a strategy. When you arrive, take a quick walk through the fair. Time is limited, and booths are crowded. Plan a route before stopping at booths to see your favorite companies. Save visits with the best prospects until after you’ve warmed up with a few other employers. To make the best use of your time, ask for a list of participating companies a few days before the fair, and rank visits before you arrive.
Complete applications flawlessly. When a company distributes application forms, take two. One will be a rough draft. If you bring an application home to send later, consider adding a note saying you met the recruiter at he fair.
Master the mini-interview. Every time you speak with an employer, no matter how briefly or how boisterous the atmosphere, consider it an interview. Recruiters will expect you to introduce yourself, shake hands confidently, answer questions about your coursework or experience, and have an idea of the type of job you want. Finding out about the company is equally important. You might ask what the hiring process is like or what jobs are available for people with your education. Before you leave the booth, be sure to ask for the recruiter’s business card.
Take notes. After visiting several booths, it’s easy for conversations to run together, leaving any jobseeker muddle-headed. After each visit, take a few notes to read at home.
Stay organized. Fairgoers are deluged with paper, company literature, recruiters’ business cards, applications, and their own notes. Bring a briefcase, an expandable folder, or a canvas bag to keep materials organized. Counselors suggest going through these papers while your memory is still fresh.
Apply in absentia. If you cannot attend the job fair, contact the sponsoring organization. The sponsor may be able to give your resumes to participating employers before or after the fair.
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