So by now, you have defined your goals. You have a plan for what you want to get out of the career fair. You have a resume that speaks to the positions that you are targeting and you have researched the companies that will be there. Now there are just a few more steps to take to have the best career fair ever!

Understand your Value Proposition

You have one minute to sell yourself to a recruiter. At least to sell yourself enough that they will want to follow up with you further. In order to this this you need to be able to clearly articulate what value you will bring to the company and why they should hire you. You should know your skills and strengths and how they fit in for the position you are seeking. Also, do you have a list of your key accomplishments that you can discuss? Think of that first contact as a mini-interview. You want it to be clear and concise and stay away from the dreaded “well, I can do anything.” Be specific about what you can accomplish for the company.

Stand Out

Here is where you can stand out in a memorable way. You can stand out by highlighting your confidence, your executive presence and your ability to sell yourself. Here is where you want to wear comfortable, confident clothing. It is better to overdress and make sure everything is groomed. Women, this is not the time to wear your uncomfortable heels or new shoes (trust me I have been there). Men, make sure you have a suit that fits. If you don’t have a lot of budget, a neat trick is to by a suit and have it slightly customized. Women, wear your hair in a way that it won’t get in the way and you won’t have to keep checking on it. If you decide to wear a scent keep it very very light as many people are scent allergic. Now is the time to shine and not be infamous. Some mistakes people make are bad breath, too much cologne, begging for a job and having no idea what the company does. These are the people we share stories about and not in a good way. Lastly, if you are waiting in a line to chat with someone, be mindful of your phone habits!

Follow up

I wrote an entire piece about following up, so I won’t rehash much here except to say that many jobs are lost by people either following up too little or following up too much.

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