How to Make a Good Impression at a Job Fair

The ability to make a good impression at a job fair is an important skill to have under your belt. It could mean the difference between whether or not you get a job on the spot! Here’s our advice for coming out on top of any job fair you attend.

Make networking number 1!
It does not matter what kind of event you’re attending; it could be a hiring event, a success fair, or a workshop. If you only have time to read one suggestion on this list, make it this one. You might not be meeting employers during your event, but you WILL be meeting tons of professionals working the events you attend. It would be a huge waste not to get to know each of them and talk about your career goals. Let them know who you are, connect via email and social media, and maintain the relationship. This could be a huge step in your career, and you’ll thank yourself for getting to know new associates.

Dress for the job you want, not the job you have.
Please take this advice seriously, but don’t take it literally. What does that mean? If you’re a retail worker who dreams of being a lifeguard; definitely no swimsuit. Dress up, never down. With that in mind, if you’re applying for a job at a company like H&M, don’t be afraid to show your personal style! Professional and personality can absolutely mix! Try a colorful tie, a unique headband, or a trendy blazer to stand out. No one wants to keep you from being yourself—show employers you can do professional style to have the best of both worlds.

Talk to everyone—but prioritize when necessary.
Some job fairs are so overwhelming that you might not have time to visit every single activity and employer while you’re there. After you decide where you’d like to visit, you’ll still need to consider where to budget your time. Perhaps a massive company and a lesser-known brand are both hiring at an event you’re attending. Everyone flocks to the massive company, but there’s no line at the other. Even though it might seem like a once in a lifetime opportunity to talk to the big company, the smaller company is hiring too! They probably have the same amount of openings, with a bonus of room for incredible growth. A genuine conversation with the underdog will take you a long way at events like these.

Bring extra copies of your resume.
Emphasis on the extra. The last thing you want is to show up with 25 copies, and need 30. We prefer telling your story to the paper resume, but more on that later. Show up completely prepared, and you’ll look like a thorough and thoughtful job candidate. Extra points if you bring something to take notes with.

Perfect your pitch.
You’ll be speaking to a lot of people, and not every employer will have a pitch for you right away. But sometimes, that’s better! Your story is what sets you apart from everyone else, and it’s your job to perfect it before you get there. Determine what makes you unique—draw from skills, personal experience, and achievements—and craft an elevator pitch to sell your brand. The more interesting you make yourself sound, the better chance you have of impressing the employer.

At Apploi, we’re a big fan of the pitch because it tells what a resume can’t: your story. That’s why we use video questions in place of the standard job application. This is your chance to show employers how unique you are outside of the pure job experience. No two stories are alike!

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