First impression counts. And subsequent impressions count even more! While at a job fair, it is important to leave your prospective employers with a good impression of yourself. Here are seven tips that you can adopt to impress your employers!
#1 BACKGROUND CULTURE CHECK
Before going to a job fair, glance through the list of organisations that will be there and shortlist a few! Do some research first to get a gist of how their organisation culture is like, and how their day to day operations work. This can help you decide if that is indeed the organisation that you wish to work for - and if it is, you can use the knowledge of the company to help beef up your interview.
#2 STAY POSITIVE AND OPTIMISTIC
First impression counts! When talking to the recruiters at the booths, remember to smile and be enthusiastic about the company and its prospects. Chat more about the job requirements and the job scope – if you don’t happen to meet the job requirements, just thank them for their time and browse the other booths.
#3 BODY LANGUAGE
Body language is extremely important when talking to the recruiters! Being distracted by the surroundings and constantly glancing around may not sit well with them – remember to maintain eye contact and listen intently to what they say. Make it a conversation!
Since a lot of talking and roving is involved, keep a couple of mints in your pocket so that you are able to converse freely with a fresh breath throughout the day.
#5 FOLLOW UP
If everything goes well, leave a copy of your resume with the recruiter either in hardcopy or soft copy! With this, you know that at least there’s a slight chance that you will be scoring an interview. If you would like, you may also get the recruiter’s email to enquire more after the job fair.
#6 NAME CARDS
Name cards are really useful! As mentioned in the point above, you may choose to get the contact details of the recruiter as this acts as a contact point with the organisation. It will help if you mentioned in your email that you’d gotten his or her details at the career fair! This will jog his or her memory, and bring you one step closer to scoring the deal.
#7 THANK YOU
End the conversation with a “thank you” and a dazzling smile! Leave your best impression with the recruiters.
We hope that these tips will help you at a career fair. STJobs’ biannual career fair is happening this year in July! If you are interested in attending, click here to preregister for free!