Career fairs are sometimes seen as worthless and just something to go to if you have time. Career fairs occur on college campuses nation wide and they are a lot more than just a bunch of random booths set up for looks. The next time your school has a career fair, take full advantage of it. There is so much you can learn from these fairs and actually a lot to gain from them. Here are some things that you should do and take advantage of when you have the opportunity to go to a career fair on campus.
Network other job seekers
Networking is a big part of this process. There will be a lot of other people searching for jobs right along with you. As you seek out jobs from different companies all over the United States, take a look around and get to know other students around you. They are in the same boat as you but if you get to know them, you can network and make sure that you have future contacts. Most likely, these other students will be getting jobs or internships eventually and in the long run, it is smart to keep in contact with them, Maybe one day they will help you out when you need a job.
Get advice from professionals
Career fairs are a great way to talk to real professionals. People who come to career fairs are true professionals and have worked for a while out in the real world. Many college students do not have any idea what it is really like to work in a big company. If you get a chance, sit down with someone who works in the field that you want to work in. They will be able to give you some amazing advice. I had the opportunity to sit down and talk to a manager at a huge advertising agency and she told me a lot of useful things. She told me what advertising agencies look for when hiring job applicants and it really gave me some good insights.
Practice your job interview
When you get a chance to sit down with a professional, it gives you a chance to practice your job interview skills. Although you are not actually in an interview, you are still around a professional and you need to act like one. When they ask you a question, think about your answer and give a solid and intelligent response. They might not even be looking for people to hire right now but think of it as a great time for you to practice your skills for when you do actually get a real interview with that dream job of yours.
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Meagan J Hollman is a writer for the website MyCollegesandCareers.com. My Colleges and Careers can help you get the education that you will need if you need to get into the top careers.