Spring into Your Local Job Fair

Written by Lisa Sweet, Southern Region Workforce Development Specialist
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Spring provides an opportunity for growth and new opportunities. If you are looking to change careers, or want to explore the local job market, a job fair is a wonderful opportunity to connect with employers and learn about job openings.

There are many benefits of attending a Job Fair:

  • You can talk face-to-face with lots of employers – depending on the fair, there could be dozens, if not one hundred, employers to meet.
  • All in one day – a job fair lasts several hours, which allows you to visit numerous employers in just one day.
  • All in one place – employers from many different locations are all in one place.
  • Free – most job fairs are free to job seekers!

How to find a job fair:

  • The Maine CareerCenter website lists upcoming Job Fairs, or you can google career fairs or job fairs in your region.
  • Some companies host private recruitment fairs and advertise on their websites. You can also google “recruitment open house,” “business open house,” or “company open house” to find private recruitment fairs.
  • Check your local newspaper for local job fair and open house advertisements.

Before the job fair:

  • Register and upload your resume, if possible.
  • Review the list of employers to decide which employers you would like to meet at the Job Fair.
  • Research employers you would like to meet at the Job Fair.
  • Create a resume targeted to each employer you would like to meet at the Job Fair.
  • Make several copies of each resume to bring to the Job Fair.
  • Practice your handshake – it should be firm, look the other person in the eye and smile.
  • Develop and practice your 30-second “elevator pitch.”
  • Prepare questions for each employer.

The day of the job fair:

  • Dress for success – wear clothes that are appropriate for the job you are seeking.
  • Be well rested and have a fresh appearance.
  • Use minimal cologne or perfume and wear conservative makeup and jewelry.
  • If nametags are available, use one – it will help recruiters put a face with a name.
  • Develop your game plan – arrive early, get a list of employers and map of the job fair to plan your route.
  • You might only have a few minutes to “wow” each recruiter, so make the conversation interesting, short, and memorable.
  • Later in the day, return to employers you are very interested in to thank them and make yourself memorable.

A previous article written by Sherrie Brann, Central Region Workforce Development Specialist, outlines tips for Making a Job Fair Work for You.
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