Last Updated Apr 1, 2009 7:28 AM EDT
- The Find: Four tips on how you can get the most out of an afternoon spent in an overcrowded room stuffed with tired recruiters and anxious fellow job seekers.
- The Source: A post on the HR World blog.
- Pre-register online. Visit the associated Virtual Job Fair and research company opportunities by searching available positions and completing skills interviews. If any openings look like a good fit, go ahead and apply to get a leg up on other attendees. With this information in hand, you can target employers and have a pitch customized for each opportunity.
- Arrive early. By beating the crowd, your odds grow of speaking with recruiters who are fresh and more willing to spend time with you.
- Develop your "elevator pitch," a 30 to 45 second statement summarizing your background and career goals. The pitch should be tailored to include skills that are relevant to the specific needs of each company.
- After each recruiter meeting, take notes summarizing your conversation. Include suggestions or next steps the recruiter recommends. Try to get a business card or an email address from every recruiter you meet so you can follow up effectively.
The Question: Any other tips for coping with the anxiety and hopelessness that job fairs can generate?