Top 3 Tips Job Fair Attendees Need to Know About Campus Recruitment
Job fair season is right around the corner. Beginning Feb 2nd, RHM’s recruiters will be on several campus job fairs looking for the best and brightest candidates who want to break into the most rewarding, in-demand industries.
While job fairs aren’t the only game in town for finding the job of your dreams, they are still one of the best resources for graduates to get quality facetime with a recruiter who can show you just how sought-after you are in today’s job market.
We have some advice for anyone planning to attend job fairs which we’ll break down into the top three details you need to know about campus recruitment. It’s all about maximizing your value and making a lasting first impression (the good kind) that can get you ahead in finding your next job.
1) Preparation Is Key
Before you attend a campus recruitment event, research the companies that will be present and determine which ones align with your career goals. Prepare your resume, cover letter, and a 30-second pitch, plus be ready to answer common interview questions.
Employers won’t be the only people attending these events. You can bet your local recruiting agencies will be present, as well. We suggest taking the extra step in your prep work to identify recruiters looking for job seekers in your areas of interest. For example, RHM Staffing Solutions recruits for the following sectors:
Your time is valuable. Identifying the recruiters looking for talent in your focus industry and directly seeking them out can save you a lot of time. It can also save you from spending your best lines and pitches on recruiters and employers outside your focus industry.
2) Dress for Success
First impressions are essential, and you want to make a good one for potential employers. That means presenting yourself in a professional and polished manner.
This can involve wearing appropriate clothing for the industry and the occasion. For example, even if you’re looking for a job in construction, it can be a good idea to wear a suit or dress pants and a blazer for the job fair. By dressing for success, you signal to others that you’re taking the job fair seriously and are committed to making a good impression.
In the context of a job fair, making a good first impression is crucial as you are likely competing with many other candidates for the attention of recruiters and potential employers.
By dressing professionally, you can set yourself apart and show that you are a serious and competent candidate. It’s also a good idea to bring extra copies of your resume and business cards so that you can easily share your information with recruiters and hiring managers to make a lasting impression.
3) Network, Network, Network
Campus recruitment events give job seekers valuable opportunities to network with people in your industry. This is a chance to learn more about the companies and positions you are interested in and to ask questions about their culture, values and hiring processes. Additionally, you can use this opportunity to promote yourself and let recruiters know why you would be a great fit for their organization.
To make the most of this opportunity, updating your LinkedIn profile to reflect your most recent employment, experience and skills is important.
By approaching the event with a positive attitude and an updated LinkedIn profile, you’ll have much better success building your professional network, which will significantly increase your chances of making valuable connections that can help you find job opportunities now and in the future. Remember to be proactive and use the event to showcase your abilities, interests and value to employers.
Keep an Eye Out for RHM Campus Recruiters
No matter what job fairs you plan on attending, we wish you the best of luck! If we can help your job search, please don’t hesitate to reach out to RHM Staffing Solutions!