In the aftermath of our recent commerce & law careers expo, here’s some quick tips to help you perform better and make the right impression with potential employers in 2014.


Prepare…

Most if not all expos these days will have an informational site that advertises the event and showcases the participating employers, use it to identify the companies you want to approach beforehand.

You can see our upcoming careers expos for 2014 by clicking here.

Gather information about the employers you’ve identified so you’re able to talk knowledgeably about the company with its representatives. Prepare thoughtful, focused and open-ended questions to ask them, this will help demonstrate your interest and knowledge of the organisation.

Remember that first impressions last, treat career fairs like job interviews and put your best foot forward. Dress appropriately, approach with a positive attitude and be ready to answer probing questions.

Finally, don’t forget to take a pen, a note pad and a stack of CV’s to hand out.


Engage…

Don’t be afraid to approach and assertively introduce yourself, give them your best handshake, make eye contact and smile at the representative. Be confident!

Employer surveys identify one of the most important personal attributes candidates can bring to a new position is enthusiasm. This means smile!

You’ll need to be prepared to answer some commonly asked questions. They’ll want you to be prepared to talk about your career objectives, strengths, interests, skills, the kind of job you are looking for, why you want to work for them and how you would be an asset.

The people attending these events on behalf of organisations aren’t necessarily the ones doing the hiring. So if a recruiter is not accepting CVs, ask about their application process and who to contact.


Network…

Speak to everyone, not just the employers. Talk with the organisers and to other job seekers while you are standing in line, exchange job-hunting ideas and provide support.
You never know who may have valuable information, insights or contacts that could help you in your job search.

Are you familiar with the phrase “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know”? While that still remains true, here’s another phrase that helps emphasise the importance of making the right impression while networking, “It’s not about who you know, it’s about who knows you”!


Practice…

Expos also offer a great opportunity to work on your interviewing skills. Pay attention to the questions you may not have anticipated and prepare answers to those questions for other representatives and future interviews.

After talking with each recruiter, record their contact details and any comments you have, jot them down in your notepad or even better – write them on the back of their business card for easier reference.


Reflect…

Career fairs are not only for sharing and gathering information related to job opportunities of interest to you; they also pose valuable opportunities for learning. Try and get the most out of a career fair and ensure that you walk away having learnt something, reflect on and review how things went at the expo for you.

Ask yourself questions like: What new info or insights did I gain about a specific field, organization or job? How did my introductions sound? What kind of impression did I make on the people I met? Was I able to get across my views across? What would I do or say differently at the next career fair I attend?

Most importantly, try and relect honestly, and then find ways to address those areas for next time.


As the title states, these are 5 simple tips to help you prepare and succeed at any jobs fair. Obviously it’s up to you exactly what your goals are and what wish to achieve from attending an expo so if you need to be more specific, google is your friend, there’s a ton of articles offering great advice, use it.

If you’re merely approaching employers to ask what freebies they’re giving away – you’ve got it all wrong!

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