Career success

How to Handle Career Fairs

This is a quick guide for fresh college graduates.


1. Find out what companies are going, and choose which ones you want to go to. This will help you come up with questions related to the companies and their industries.


2. Carry a batch of resumes that you can give out if needed.


3. Create your elevator pitch (a spoken summary of your resume in under 15 seconds)


4. Dress professionally and walk with confidence.


5. From a useful comment on Reddit:


Walk around the booths, watch their presentations, pick up their literature and listen to existing conversations. If something piques your interest ask questions. If it's going to be a conversation, shake hands and introduce yourself. Your questions should be genuine, but nothing above your pay grade. 'What do you do?' 'What's it like working at company X?' 'What kind of entry level positions do you have and what are their responsibilities and expectations?' 'How long have you worked for company X?' 'And what can I expect from a career in industry?' If you like what you hear, ask them if they're accepting resumes. If you don't, thank them for their time and move on.


P.S. Often, the companies in these career fairs will direct you to their 'we're hiring/ careers' section, using these events as a cheap branding tool, and ll your preparation will be redundant then.


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