You're preparing to attend your next recruiting fair. Great! This is an opportunity to meet face-to-face with potential employers to learn more about their company and their open positions. You want to make the most of this experience. You stand out from the crowd, make a solid first impression, and earn an interview. Here are a few tips to help you make the most of your time at the recruiting fair.
Have a Strong Pitch
A strong pitch is critical when you're trying to stand out at a recruiting fair. You want to capture the recruiter's attention and make them want to learn more about you. Here’s an example of someone looking for a teaching position: "Hi, I'm Alex, and I think books are magical. I want to help grow early readers by teaching kindergarteners."
Pro Tip: Fill in the blanks to create your memorable elevator pitch:
Hi. I’m _____, and I love _____. I’m looking to_____ by _____.
Also, be ready to answer questions about your career goals and why you're interested in the company. And take copies of your resume, even if there's a place to upload it ahead of time. Always good to have a few on hand if someone requests a copy.
Follow Up After the Event
Following up after the event is where your interactions with recruiters can really pay off.
Send a thank-you email to the recruiters you met.
Mention something specific from your conversation to show that you were listening. And attach your resume; make it easy for them to reach you! Consider reaching out to recruiters on LinkedIn for another opportunity to reference something from your conversation and demonstrate your genuine interest in their company.
A simple checklist
Arrive early & ready
Say "thank you"
That means dressing the part, knowing your resume inside out, and having a few conversation starters on the tip of your tongue.
And remember, authenticity is the best way to make a good impression! Be yourself and talk to as many people as possible. The recruiting fair is an excellent opportunity to learn more about the companies attending and network with other professionals.
Make the most of it!