Your time is valuable, and we want to help you make the most of your job fair experience. Below is a compiled list of tips and suggestions:
- Anticipate what you will need for the event. Are your handouts current? Do you have all of the needed pieces for your display? Is everything in working order? Do you have extension cords for your electrical needs?
- Have you printed directions to campus or to the parking areas? Make certain you have the correct time(s) and location(s) as these can change from year-to-year.
- With limited parking near the event site, plan ahead so you have enough time to unload and transport your materials, park your vehicle in the appropriate lot(s), and set up your display/materials prior to the beginning of the event. You don’t want to miss visiting with students who are first to arrive at the fair!
- Keep space limitations in mind. Don’t allow your display to infringe on that of your booth neighbors.
- Observe limits on the number of representatives. Booth spaces are within an approximate 7-8 foot space; if you have more than 2-3 representatives it will not only “crowd” your space, but could also intimidate students who might visit your booth.
- Consider having an intern or a newly hired alumnus attend the event with you. A familiar face might help attract students to your booth.
- Alternate breaks with another representative so that you do not leave your booth unattended. You might miss connecting with a great candidate. It may also unintentionally reflect poorly upon your organization.
- Stay the entire time of the event. Leaving early can also leave a poor impression of your organization.
- View student resumes prior to the event, and connect with students prior to the fair to invite them to visit with you about your organization or opportunities.
- Have you listed your job or internship opportunities in Phoenix Recruitment On-Line (PRO)?
- Be aware that the types of students that attend the fair will range from freshmen through seniors and alumni. Some individuals might be exploring career options, while others are networking to learn more about your internships and full-time job opportunities. Students who are in “exploration” mode today, might be a key candidates for one of your positions in the future!
- Does your booth and body language convey a welcoming and open conversation space? Sitting behind your table or working on your laptop can deter students from visiting with you.
- Did any students in particular catch your attention at the fair? If so, follow-up with them to maintain a line of communication. Not only are students competing for job opportunities, but you may be competing for quality candidates!
Enjoy the day and let our staff know if you have questions!!
Karla Miller – Program Coordinator for Recruitment
Career Services at the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay