the present times, a job search is not complete without attending
a career fair. Students are accustomed to attending such fairs.
They see such fairs as an event where they can meet prospective
employers under one roof, push their résumés and weigh
their own chances of landing a plum job. However, they gloss over
some of the basic guidelines they have to stick to while attending
such a fair.
According to the results of a survey carried out by TeamLease Services
Private Limited, an HR outsourcing firm based in Bangalore, if students
follow certain norms, they would be able to land the job of their
dreams. They shared the details of the survey with Education Plus.
Registering at a career fair usually includes submitting a brief
résumé or filling up a prescribed registration form
or telephonic registration.
Research: It is important
to get a list of the companies participating in the fair. Do some
research on each company you propose to meet. Don't waste time with
companies that do not interest you.
Collect information on companies using the Internet before attending
the job fair.
This would enable you to be armed with some basic information about
the company. This homework would also stand you in good stead at
the time of meeting the company representatives.
Resumes: Carry enough
copies of resumes to the job fair — at least two a company.
Depending on the number of companies you plan to meet, take several
copies with you. In case you have multiple interests and different
job objectives, bring different versions of your resume.
In India, this is a new trend and not all employers expect you to
have a career portfolio. It may even prompt employers to look at
you with a different perspective, and offer you additional responsibilities
or a new role with better salary. A career portfolio should include
copies of your résumés, list of references, certificates
of appreciation, and samples of your best work.
it may not always be possible for all job aspirants to bring in
work samples, there is no harm in carrying brief project reports
of your best assignments.
Interviews are usually very short, and you may get just about two
to five minutes to market yourself. Hence, you need to make the
most of your time. Be specific, and communicate the skills that
you have and how you can contribute to the organisation.
end of the session, you should also have enough information about
the organisation, skills needed for the job profile, salary, training,
contractual obligations, if any, and most importantly, the name
of the person with whom you need to follow-up after the fair.
forget to collect the business card of the person you met.
Sober colours are better than garish ones. Men should shave, comb
their hair, polish their shoes, and look presentable.
should avoid gaudy attire and heavy jewellery. Wear subtle makeup
and comfortable footwear. Very strong perfumes are an absolute no-no
Make eye contact, offer a firm handshake, and show enthusiasm. Fidgeting,
shifting nervously, rocking to and fro will reduce your worth. You
cannot afford to have a nonchalant attitude either. Listen to what
is being told, and ask intelligent questions.
loud, brash, and pushy will put off the interviewer, and ruin your
chances of getting a job.
Many job aspirants do not understand the significance of a follow-up.
is the first opportunity you have to meet the potential employer
and sometimes you may need to go for an on-site interview or a short
training on the job.
any case, it is a good practice to either call the interviewer the
same evening or the following day to thank the interviewer for the
time spent with you at the fair.