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5 Critical Career Fair Mistakes to Avoid

Career FairIf you’re planning on attending the upcoming DU Career and Internship Fair on April 22nd just because your friends are doing the same and you think it might be a fun carnival-type event for you, great! You must always be the life of the party. If you’re attending it just to gather a bunch of freebie gadgets and promotional stuff, you must be an amazing collector!
But let’s just assume, you are old enough to know what the real purpose of a career fair event is and you’re there to figure out your best opportunity in a career you’re interested in. Now, you’re serious!
Many students, veterans, and other unemployed adults make the mistake of not taking a career fair event seriously. This is can be a life changing opportunity for you if you take it seriously!
So, if you are truly paying attention to this awfully competitive global work-environment, you’d know exactly why you should be on your best behavior at a career fair event. Teachers, friends, and dissertation writing services may help you through college. However, once you’re out of college you’re on your own. Why not start preparing for that road to success starting now?
To make sure you fully utilize the event’s perks, avoid these common mistakes which most attendees make:
  • Not Doing Your Research: It’s best to know who is coming to the event before you go. Not knowing the companies means you are not prepared for what’s to come. You have no idea how to respond to a certain organization’s interview, you don’t know what they are looking for, and there is no way you will be able to “attract” an employer.
Employers want to hear that you know a lot about their company because you are genuinely interested in them. This requires research. It will be highly inconvenient foryou to do your research on the spot using a smartphone. So, make sure you prepare beforehand.
  • Saving the best for last or making them the first: Your most “favorite companies” should not be approached first. Use the early hours to get warmed up with a few companies. Pay attention to what they are looking for and what type of questions they will be asking in an interview. When you think you’re ready, go for the best few.
You wouldn’t want to save the best for the last either (or the end of the day) because by that time you or they would be too tired to respond enthusiastically. Also, the later you go, the higher the possibility of remarkable candidates making infallible impressions and raising their expectations.
  • Not Preparing an elevator speech: An elevator speech should take up only about 15-30 seconds or less (the amount of time it will take you to go floor to floor from an elevator).
Prepare using questions that are specific to the company. How is your education and experience relevant to the company? What can you do to add value to the company? How can your skills help them accomplish their goals? Notice how these questions are focused on the organization’s interests, not yours. Make the introduction strong and try to connect with the employer in ways others couldn’t.
  • Not Dressing Appropriately: Dress the way you would for a serious job interview. A serious one! You might be attending school at the same time, but that doesn’t mean you can’t change your attire for a day. Get rid of the backpack, suit up in formal wear, and do your best tomake the right impression.
  • Giving Up at the First Meeting: An employer may not be tempted to hire you right away, but don’t let that slay your spirits. Remember, it doesn’t just end with one meeting. You can ask them what type of employees they usually hire, or what type of qualifications or experience will make a person stand out. You may shake hands, ask for their cards or emails addresses, and thank them for their time.

Within the next day or two, shoot them an email with a unique headline that includes the word “Thanks”. Restate your interest in the organization and ask them if it’s possible to connect with them on a social network. Follow them up on LinkedIn/Twitter, and when you think you’re ready, send another pitch!

Rochelle Ceira is a career consultant who loves to help fresh grades and experienced alike to cope with their professional life and make it more exciting than it ever was. Get in touch with her on FB.

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