What Not To Do At A Job Fair
By Mike Bowman    

We have talked at length about actions and behaviors that will ensure your 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 impression.

Here are some of the worst things you can do at a job fair:

1. Lie
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 and pens?”.

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 for them.

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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