5 Ways to Stand Out at Career Fairs
Standing out—in a positive way—is no easy task. With career fairs around the corner, Calibre’s Talent Acquisition Officer, Renita Rajan, shares her top tips on how to make the most out of career fairs and stand out from the crowd.
Career fairs are a great opportunity for you to speak to employers and find out more about what they have to offer. Meeting with employers could potentially give you a front foot in securing a role at your desired company.
Even if you are not a final year student, you should try to attend to start learning about the companies in your industry and network with potential employers. You never know, some of the companies may also be interested in hiring second or third year students on as interns, and often companies use this as a way of securing graduates for the upcoming years.
If you are about to head to a career fair, follow these tips to make it a successful experience:
1. Pick the right time
Career fairs are often very busy and employers can be swamped with students approaching them. The busiest time is usually lunchtime so mornings are the best as it is the quietest time. Employers have also just set up their stands and are energised and ready to go, and are more likely to give you their full attention.
2. Dress to Impress
First impressions are important. Dress casually but presentably. This is not a job interview so you are not required to dress up in formal business attire.
3. Come prepared
Find out which companies are going to be attending the career fair and do your research on them. Learn about their vision and values, what they do and the type of people that work for them – is this somewhere you would like to work? Think about what you want from a potential employer and prepare some questions to ask them – this way you will be able determine which company can help you reach your goals. Also, take copies of your CV along with you to hand out to the employers.
4. Be authentic
Be yourself, don’t memorise a script and regurgitate it back to recruiter – you don’t want to look like a robot. Just have a genuine conversation. Remember this is not an interview. That being said, it is always useful to think about a few points that you want to convey to enable you to stand out from the crowd as someone employers would love to hire. Take advantage of this opportunity to showcase who you are.
5. Follow Up
Make sure you take a business card from the recruiters that you do speak to at the fair. Make an impression by following up with the recruiter a day or two after the fair (don’t leave it too late or the recruiter may forget who you are). Send the recruiter an email to thank them for their time and remind them what you are looking for. Ensure you attach your CV to the email even if you gave them a hard copy, as this could have been misplaced.
See you at the career fairs!