Attending a jobs fair or career expo can be overwhelming. They can be busy, noisy and crowded.
However, these events can offer a valuable opportunity to speak to a range of organisations including employers, training providers and other relevant services about your career goals and job search plans.
They can also present a great chance to network with employers, especially events that include job boards, seminars and workshops.
Try our 4 simple steps to getting the most out of career expos and jobs fairs
Step 1: Do your research
Before the event, visit the event’s website to find out:
- about the start and finish times
- whether there are workshops or seminars you can attend and whether you need to book in advance
- what organisations, including employers, are attending and which of these you want to connect with
- what general information you are seeking/ what questions you could ask.
Step 2: Dress the part
This is particularly important for events with employers attending. First impressions count!
Personal presentation includes:
- having clean clothing, careful grooming and good hygiene
- watching your body language and posture to show you are interested
- smiling and being open and friendly.
For more information read our article Why personal presentation is so important.
Step 3: Be prepared to meet employers
- Bring a few copies of your résumé on the day. Try to tailor it to the roles available.
- Use our workbook 'writing effective résumés' to ensure your résumé is up to date, easy to read and is error-free.
- Think of some questions to ask employers on the day. You could even consider doing some research on them beforehand so you feel more confident.
You can also get some general tips from our article How to make a great first impression on employers.
Step 4: Follow up after the event
It’s a good idea to email/contact any employers that you connected with on the day to say thanks for their time and to reiterate your interest in upcoming or future opportunities within their organisation.
These tools can help you:
…Or you can browse Job Jumpstart for other ideas and suggestions of what to do next.