Are you headed into a job fair in the near future? A lot of great local employers attend job fairs in hopes of finding their next great staff member.
If you're looking for work, job fairs are a great way to meet with employers face to face, and get your resume and name out there.
You'll want to make a good first impression at a job fair. Liberty Staffing Services attends a lot of job fairs throughout Ontario. We would like to provide you with some networking tips to help you succeed in gaining employment.
1. Bring Business Cards and Your Resume
Make sure to bring multiple business cards and print off lots of copies of your resume in preparation for the job fair. There's nothing worse than being interested in a role or company and realizing that you don't have any business cards or resumes left. You don't want to miss out on a great employment opportunity.
2. Dress Professionally
You'll want to dress professionally at a job fair. After all, first impressions are everything. Plan out your outfit the night before the job fair event. This is a simple task to complete, but it makes all the difference when you're networking at a job fair. When you're prepared and dressed professionally, you'll probably feel more confident meeting new people, and introducing yourself to employers at job fair booths.
3. Scout Out the Employers
Normally job fairs have a list of employers that will be attending and recruiting at the event. If you're looking for work in a specific field, your best option would be to research the various employers that will be attending the event. Take note of booth numbers of companies that you are interested in talking to. Make a point to visit companies that you're most interested in first, and then you can visit secondary options afterwards.
Remember that job fairs are often quite busy, with numerous candidates seeking out job opportunities within a limited time frame, so it's best to beat the crowds, and scout out the companies that you're most interested in beforehand.
4. Ask Questions
When you're talking to employers at their booth, be sure to ask questions. Asking questions not only makes you appear engaged and interested in what the employer has to offer, but you may also find out some pertinent information about the company and positions that are currently available.
Asking about the company's hiring timeline, what skills they are looking for in an ideal candidate, what roles are available right now and in the near future, are all great questions to ask.
5. Follow Up
Last, but certainly not least, be sure to follow up with every employer that you meet with at the job fair. If you've left a business card or resume with an employer, call the company and follow up with the person that you met with. Inquire about the status of the position, and the status of your application. If the employer feels like you may be the right fit for the role, they may ask you to come in for an interview.
Need more networking tips? Contact Liberty Staffing today. We would be happy to help. Best of luck and happy networking!