Maximizing a Job Fair

My sister inspired me to write this entry, as she searches for a job.  Having interviewed 100’s of students and participating in countless interviews myself, I organized a list of pointers for anyone out there hunting!

Remember....The goal is to set yourself apart from everyone else!!!

1. Research the companies you are interested in.

Prepare educated questions to ask the recruiters/interviewers.  Impress them with questions demonstrating your knowledge of their philosophies, backgrounds, etc.  You won't just spew out what you know, but you would say for example, "In your mission statement you talk about prevention, I was curious if my job would involve opportunities to help facilitate preventing disease."  Practice some questions ahead of time.

2. Be prepared to interview on the spot if at a job fair. 

Think about questions they may ask you ahead of time.  Why do you want this job?  What interests you about our company?  What qualifications or experiences do you have for this position?

3. Do some writing/soul searching. 

Write down your strengths & challenges (with what you do to overcome challenges).  Write down specific situations you have encountered in life that would relate to this position.  Match some of the company philosophies to those of your own.

4. Create a Portfolio. 

This is especially important if you have little work experience because of college.  If you have any samples of work or papers written that would support the position you are applying for, put them in a folder & bring them.  Maybe something you wrote in school that related to the job.  Anything you can muster up that is somewhat related, you never know when it may come in handy that day.  Its better to have it with you and not need it, then to need it and not have it.

5. Practice. 

Find someone to ask you questions ahead of time and give you feedback about your answers.  This will be the most beneficial part of the process.  If you can’t find someone to work with you, I offer career coaching, resume review and other services that can help you get working!

6. Social Media. 

Linked-In is a great service to have a well-rounded portfolio, resume & recommendations ready to go at any time.  If you have some time, set this account up & it might just come in handy!    

                                                    ~Good Luck!!!