Do you have an elevator pitch ready for your next career fair? An elevator pitch is a quick and memorable summary of your background and career interests. The name is a throwback to a time when prospective employees (or salespeople) waited in building lobbies to jump in an elevator with an executive. If the pitch went well, they chat all the way to the executive suite. If not, they would get off on the next floor, return to the lobby, and try again.
Job fairs can play a significant role at the start of your career. Attending career fairs gives you information about the job market, opportunities to meet company recruiters, and a chance to practice your professional communication skills. So, how many job fairs should you attend in a year? It depends on where you are in your career search and the goals you set for yourself.
College career fairs are a benefit to everyone involved: the recruiters, the students, and the college. What makes college career fairs so valuable? Career fairs are one of the few places where recruiters and students can meet and interact in person before a full formal interview. This is not to say that the introductions at career fairs are not important – the first meeting in any business relationship is always important – but the atmosphere creates a foundation for successful interactions. At the same time, if a student makes a mistake, it is only one of many opportunities and any damage is limited. We outline several other valuable advantages to students in 5 Benefits of Attending College Career Fairs.
Somewhat surprisingly, many students don't see the value in attending college career fairs. They would rather look for job opportunities online. While online job searches can be quite productive, they don't offer the same benefits to the student that attending a career fair would. Those benefits are extremely valuable for finding a job in your desired industry.