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Finding a Job – Attending a Careers Fair

22007478_mThere are a variety of ways to find a job. You can search online, check out job boards, use a recruitment agency or check the local newspapers. But another fantastic way of getting your name noticed and meeting potential employers is by attending a careers fair. As long as you turn up with a professional CV and dress to impress, you’re ready to go!

What Is a Careers Fair?

A careers fair will be full of potential employers as well as potential candidates. Local companies will set up a stall in a venue and offer information about their company and what they are looking for in an employee. The stall will usually be manned by a few of the company’s employees and, sometimes, the MD or owner. They will generally hand out leaflets, approach candidates and offer any information they need to know. Careers fairs vary in format but you should expect to see between 20-100 companies. They are usually free to enter too. What you need to be aware of is that many employers will be looking for candidates who display a thorough knowledge of current affairs issues – so ensure you read up on their industry and its practices before you attend.

How Careers Fairs Can Assist You With Your Job Search

  • You can meet potential employers face to face.
  • Volume – you can meet a dozen employers in the space of a few hours.
  • It gives you time to browse different industries and companies.
  • If you are interested in a particular trade you will be able to approach relevant companies and find out more about them. This will help you make an informed decision when you are job hunting.
  • You can hand out your CV to every employer there – increasing your chances of an interview.

Be Prepared

  • Look smart – presentation is everything at these kind of events.
  • Take plenty of copies of your latest CV to hand out to companies that spark your interest.
  • Take business cards if you have any.
  • Greet greet potential employers and new business contacts with a smile – remember that first impressions count.
  • Network – it can be difficult at times to get involved in conversations and engage people but you must endeavour to do so ensuring that attending the career fair will have a positive impact on your job search.
  • Homework – do research on companies that are likely to be exhibiting and ensure you visit the essential ones first