What Not To Do At A Job Fair
By Mike Bowman
We have talked at length about actions and behaviors that will
success at a job fair. However, just as important, are the things that can
ruin your chances of connecting with the best employers. Details matter at
a job fair. They matter because you have one chance to make a good first
Here are some of the worst things you can do at a job fair:
Job fairs are a great place to meet face to face with employers, build
rapport, and start a relationship with a company you may not have been
otherwise able to meet. Don’t start the relationship with lies. Some job
seekers feel they need to embellish their resume / work experience and lie
about their accomplishments in order to impress an employer. Don’t fall
into that trap. It always comes back to haunt you.
2. Ask dumb questions.
Ever hear “There are no dumb questions.”? That is not true at a job fair.
First of all, dumb questions are the questions that demonstrate you did
not do your homework about the company (Who are you? What do you do?) or
show you are more focused on selfish issues (How long will my lunch breaks
be? How many days off can I have to start?). Questions that just annoy
employers at a job fair can include “Can you give me directions?”, “Are
you accepting resumes?”, or “Do you have any more of those free notepads
3. Talking about what you want.
This may be one of the most difficult things for the average job seeker to
accept: regardless of what their advertising says, companies care less
about you than they do about their profits and how much money you can make
4. Dress like you are on vacation.
The job fair is not the summer county fair. It’s not an entertainment
venue. It’s not a social event. So don’t dress like it is. How you dress
is an easy way for companies to evaluate you. Yes, you are being evaluated
on how you dress. How you dress can tell someone how seriously you take an
event, how close you pay attention to detail, and even how you feel about
yourself. There are plenty of articles about how to dress for an
interview. Follow their advice and dress appropriately for the occasion.
5. Hand the recruiter a smoky, stained, or dirty resume.
Employers receive hundreds of resumes at job fairs. There are many ways to
make your resume stand out and attract positive attention. However,
handing an employer a resume that is full of spelling or grammar mistakes,
smells like cigarette smoke, or has coffee stains on it is a sure fire way
to get your resume quickly tossed into the trash.
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