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Have you ever been to a job fair and saw people that you knew wouldn’t get any of the jobs there? Unfortunately, I have seen this a few times. Sometimes folks just don’t care how they look or present themselves. Below are ten tips to help you at a job fair. I want you to have the best chance to get hired.
Wear the Right Clothing
I’ve been to several job fairs over the years. Every time there is at least one person underdressed. Even though a job fair is not a job interview, you should still come dressed nicely. Jeans and a t-shirt or crop top is not what you should be wearing. At a job fair, you should wear business casual clothing. Below are a couple of examples of things that you should wear.
Staying on the topic of clothing, make sure that your clothing matches. A job fair is not the time to be wearing bright clothing that doesn’t match.
Iron Your Clothing
Make sure that you take the time to iron your clothes. You don’t want to go to the job fair looking rough. Iron your clothing so that you don’t have that many wrinkles.
Make sure that you bring copies of your resume with you to the job fair. Employers will ask you for them. You never know what could happen. You may meet a hiring manager on the spot and get offered an interview the next day. A good amount of resumes to bring with you are ten. It’s better to have too many resumes than not enough.
Turn your cell phone off. You need to be focused when you’re talking to companies that are at the job fair. That can’t happen if you’re getting text messages or social media notifications every five minutes. Better yet, you can leave your phone in your car.
Unfortunately, people judge each other. First impressions mean a lot. Don’t come in with crazy hairstyles. Ladies, leave the red and blue hair at home. That is not professional at all. The companies will look at you like you’re crazy. Fellas, don’t expect to get the job having a wild Mohawk or something. Make sure you brush or comb your hair. You have to play the game. Once you get the job, you can then do whatever you want to with your hair.
Research Before You Go
Every job fair is not going to be worth your time. Before you waste a couple of hours standing in line only, to see companies that you’re not interested in, do your research. On the job fair website or flyer, they will have the businesses listed that will be in attendance. From there you can create a list of the ones that you are interested in. That way, you will have a plan once you get to the job fair.
This one is for the fellas. Make sure that you trim your facial hair. Again, you have to play the game. I’m not saying that you need to be clean shaven, you make sure you get a trim or a shape up.
Be on Time
There are a lot of people looking for employment right now meaning that the job fair will be crowded. To make sure that you have a chance to visit with the employers that you want to see, you should be on time. Honestly, if the job fair starts at 9 AM, I’d try to get there about 8:30 AM. You want to beat the rush. Getting to a job fair late isn’t the end of the world, but you may have to wait in line, or you might miss a couple of the employers.
The final tip is to be ready to sell yourself. You will be talking to potential employers so be confident and sell yourself. Don’t be afraid to tell them what you’re looking for. Give the employer your career pitch. Let them know why you’re qualified for the job. Tell them how you can be an asset to the company.
You’ve just read ten job fair tips. If you follow these tips, they should be able to help you get a job.