So you’re going to a Job Fair: a 5-Point Basic Checklist
The typical job fair applicant should be aware that many others like him will be lining up for the jobs at hand. These tips, however, can make sure that a person become the most prepared he can be for this event. One of the most oft-repeated advices for applicants is to perform research. One will have to do research on the fair itself: how to get there, the traffic conditions on the day of the fair, what the conference area will look like, where one’s target companies will be situated, as well as basic information on target companies. By showing that one has researched about the target business organization, one shows interest in becoming a part of the company culture, which will impress interviewers. Sometimes, clothes do not indicate the measure of a man, but for job fair applicants, they sure help. Wearing proper attire may not necessarily improve one’s chances of obtaining a job, but it will show how dedicated a person can be to looking presentable. Other overlooked requirements, such as shirt color, name tag, and ID, must also be checked. Potential employers will see this as an applicant’s ability to make themselves neatly groomed, and a willingness to pay close attention to the guidelines of the business organization. Another important rule is, of course, being prepared. This involves having back-up copies of important files, forms, and certificates, and identification information. With the large number of applicants, it’s possible that a few files might become lost in the shuffle. This might become disadvantageous for an interview, especially with the lack of the files to back an applicant up. Doing this shows a display of foresight, a good sense of contingency planning, as well as the ability not to fold under pressure: very important traits that an employer looks out for. It is also important to cultivate a good job-hunting attitude. A crowded convention center tolls heavily on the patience of several applicants, and can make fuming complainants out of the most complacent of men. A good job applicant must remember to be patient while seeking an interview, as becoming impatient may show in one’s expressions and replies during the interview itself. Thus, the values of confidence and patience should be exercised early on to be able to show a winning, job-worthy attitude when it counts the most. Lastly, an applicant should practice what he or she will say in case of an interview. Sometimes, even the simplest questions can stump the most prepared persons. Thus, it is the applicant’s job to think of possible questions, and making a run-through of his or her possible responses. Being able to make people understand and appreciate answers give an impression of preparedness and confidence. These tips will help any applicant make the most out of a job fair. In participating in this endeavor, one must remember the importance of maintaining and practicing values that will become handy not just on the day of the job fair, but during the entirety of their career as well.