Job Fairs: 10 Tips to Be Successful

10 Tips for a
Successful Job Fair Experience
by Judy Kaplan Baron, Ph.D., Master Career Counselor
  • Develop a plan.   Mark your floor plan or list, identifying the employers you most want to see.  Make sure to visit them first.
  • Do research to learn about the employers.  Your knowledge of them may be what separates you from the other candidates.
  • Remember your primary purpose in attending the job fair is to generate sufficient interest in you so that you can follow-up at the employer's location.
  • Dress and act as if you were in the employer’s office for a formal job interview.  
  • Make a good first impression.  Introduce yourself, speaking clarly.  Smile, have strong eye contact, and give a firm handshake. 
  • Act as if the employer is the only reason you are here today.
  • Demonstrate good communication skills, a positive attitude, confidence,  energy, and a strong track record of accomplishments.  Be prepared to talk about them.  Tell stories about yourself that demonstrate your motivation, abilities, flexibility, and potential.
  • Ask for a business card from each employer you visit or get the correct spelling of the name of the person with whom you spoke.
  • Follow up your contacts by calling within a couple of busines days to schedule a time to meet.  If that is not appropriate, send a thank you letter to each person with whom you spoke.
  • Network, network some more, then network even more. Take advantage of all the people you are able to meet.  Keep in mind that other job seekers might have information that could helpful to you in your job search.