Do Your Homework If You Want The Job
By Mike Bowman   

The very best thing you can do to be successful at a job fair isnít shining your shoes; it is finding out who will be there and doing your homework in finding out more about them. The number one complaint employers have about job fair attendees is that they don't know anything about the employer they are approaching. Make yourself stand out by doing your homework ahead of time and have something to talk to each employer about.

So how do you find out what employers will be attending a job fair? Most job fair organizers post a list online of employers who are going to be attending (some organizers ask that you pre-register for the event in order to see the list). You can ask the organizer to email you a list, sign up for alerts that will include the list, or even pick up a list of employers at the job fair reception area itself. (You can research the employers online with your smartphone before entering that day's job fair.)

Researching the companies prior to the job fair also makes interacting with the recruiters much easier because you will have a few talking points. This exercise will also help you to appear to be someone who is involved and well-versed regarding industry trends and events, thus making you a much more attractive candidate.


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