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How To Attend Job Fairs

Preparing to attend a job fair requires a little work, but the payoff could be more than one job offer.


  • TIP: Avoid wearing heavy perfume or cologne, which can be distracting to prospective employers.
  • Step 1: Keep a list of all the companies you visited. Mail a follow-up thank-you note within 24 hours of attending the event.
  • FACT: Did you know? As many as half of all job seekers who prepare in advance receive interviews, with 65 percent receiving job offers within three months.
  • Step 2: Bring enough resumes and business cards to cover all the companies you’re interested in visiting and, just in case, bring several extras.
  • TIP: The best time of day to attend a job fair is early in the morning when everyone is fresh and alert.
  • Step 3: Find out which companies will be at the job fair, and submit an application to them prior to the event. Follow up once you attend the job fair.
  • Step 4: Develop a short pitch that summarizes who you are, why you are unique, and what you’re seeking in employment.
  • Step 5: Find out about the companies you’re interested in. Develop a list of relevant questions.
  • Step 6: Find out where and when local job fairs are held. Conduct an internet search, look in your local newspaper, and check your school’s career center if you are a student. Most job fairs are in the spring.

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