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9 Tips to Succeed in a Career Fair

The annual Hospitality Career Expo in the Collins College of Hospitality Management at Cal Poly Pomona will take place between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm on Feb. 19. There are 68 companies participating in this event. If a student wants to meet with the managers or recruiters from every single company on the list, he or she would only have three minutes or less for each one. Then, how can a job seeker or a student stand out from the crowd and hopefully secure a job/internship offer?

I share some tips on MultiBrief. They are:

  1. Study and rearrange the company list. Group the companies into three categories of "dream employers," "potential employers" and "employers with not much interest." Focus on the "dream employers."
  2. Prepare 30+ copies of resumes.
  3. Purchase a portfolio.
  4. Purchase a nicely-cut business outfit. The key is to have nice dress that fits. No need to carry any designer's accessories.
  5. Maintain a "clean" look. Clean-cut from head to toe.
  6. Practice self-introduction. A job seeker only has 1 - 2 minutes to make a good first impression. So, a very short but nice self-introduction is critical.
  7. Prepare a few questions to ask the recruiters.
  8. Keep the schedule open for the whole day and show up early.
  9. Follow up after the fair.

Visit http://bit.ly/lk020915 to read more. What else should a job seeker do to prepare for a career fair?

Good luck to everyone who is looking for a job!

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