Friday, September 28, 2007
Job Fairs: Looking Good on Less
You don’t need big bucks to avoid looking like a job fair horror. It’s unfortunate, but these are events where first impressions count—a lot. Not beauty necessarily. But certainly Neat and Tidy.
While writing this, job fair horrors from the past float through my mind. Rumpled and crumbled clothes. Wild and wind blown hair. Random resumes sticking out at odd angles. Nothing, however, that could not be fixed with an iron, a comb and a folder. You get the point. Finesse the small things for a put together look. Neat and Tidy opens doors.
Job Fairs 101
October 10. Big crowds. Meet and greet. Schmooze. Introduce yourself. Gulp. It’s enough to make the most intrepid extrovert freeze.
So here’s a tip on breaking the ice at job fairs, especially helpful if you’re a new-bie.
Upon entering, take a deep breath and pause long enough to survey the room. Invariably, there are a few lonely recruiters. Tables with no student lines where recruiters sit or stand in lonely and sometimes bored attendance. Start there. Whether or not you’re interested in that company is not the point. The point is breaking the ice and establishing a toe hold in a sea of new faces. And, chances are, that lonely recruiter will welcome the chance to talk with someone. Who knows, you might learn something new along the way.
See you at Careerfest. Wednesday, October 10 from 2:00-6:00 at the DeVos Convention Center in downtown Grand Rapids.