Career Fairs can be a valuable tool in your job search arsenal. They can afford you the chance to meet directly with local employers and to get career tips from industry experts. I’ve even heard of people being hired right on the spot. Mark your calendar if you want to check out a Career Fair in Boston this summer.
Coast-to-Coast Career Fairs is having their Boston Job Fair on Thursday, August 11 from 11 am to 2 pm at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel, 50 Park Plaza at Arlington Street, Boston. Over 400 local area jobs will be presented. You need to register for the event (it’s free) to get their list of participating employers.
You may have heard that Job Fairs can be daunting, so if you do attend, it’s important to be on top of your game. They’re a valuable opportunity to talk to employers about career paths and to learn what skills and experiences are important to employers. They can also help you build your professional network.
Here are some reminders when attending any Career Fair
- Get there early (the time flies by!) and turn your cellphone off!
- Be independent rather than hanging with a friend when approaching recruiters (shows confidence
- Be prepared with your 30-second elevator pitch about yourself, your career status, what type of position you are seeking and why you chose that company
- Do prior research about the industries and specific companies that you are interested in
- Bring plenty of resumes
- Wear neat business attire (no flip flops) and make sure you are well-groomed (nails, hair, clean-shaven, understated makeup)
- If you are standing in line waiting to speak with a recruiter, take every opportunity to network with the person next to you
- Avoid collecting armloads of company freebies and looking like you just went shopping
A few other things your mom probably already told you:
While at the fair, you should be respectful, don’t interrupt, make eye contact, shake hands firmly, ask relevant questions and take notes so you remember later. Above all, smile! Get the recruiter’s name and business card.
After the fair, organize your material. Make sure you follow up with everyone you met or wanted to meet but ran out of time. LinkIn with the recruiter. Write thank you emails within 24 hours with specific language emphasizing your enthusiasm and pertinent skills. Ask about the next step and include contact information. Always follow up all thank you notes with a call or email within a few weeks. Keep in touch with the recruiter on an ongoing basis just to check in. You never know what might evolve, even months after the Fair.