Colleges, recruiting firms, and state and local organizations host job fairs throughout the year. Regardless of age, experience or education, job seekers can attend job fairs to gather resources that will assist them in their job search journeys. Job seekers go to job fairs ready to learn about companies, speak with representatives and leave their resumes and cover letters with the companies their interested in working for. In addition to reserving tables for companies offering jobs, it's also a good idea to reserve some tables for organizations offering career tips and advice.
Undergraduate and graduate students may attend job fairs to find out how to land internship positions and what to expect when they begin interning with a company. Because of this, if you're setting up a job fair, it's beneficial to include a table that focuses exclusively on internships.
Resume and Cover Letter Writing
Resumes and cover letters are two primary tools used to help employers recruit employees to work for their companies. Students and executives often experience difficulties as they attempt to craft resumes and cover letters that will instantly attract attention. Set up table at your job fair dedicated to reviewing and critiquing the resumes and cover letters of job fair attendees. In addition, hand out brochures that include tips and ideas for preparing resumes and cover letters. Arrange business cards from professional resume writers and career coaches on the table for job seekers to use to follow up.
Interviewing can cause even the most confident job seeker to feel nervous or anxious about meeting with potential employers. Set up a table at your job fair that presents potential employees with an opportunity to test out their interview skills with professional recruiters. After the mock interviews, recruiters can give job seekers feedback, indicating how they can make improvements and their strengths. Job seekers can put these tips to use as they speak with recruiters and potential employers they meet at the job fair.
Dress for Success
For job seekers who aren't sure what to wear for their interviews, a table set up with examples of appropriate and inappropriate job interview attire can help them get an understanding of how they should look when they meet with a potential employer. Information can include what colors to wear, which accessories are appropriate and how to show personality through an outfit while still looking professional. Use mannequins to depict different looks.
Potential employers secure tables at job fairs so that they can meet with potential employees who possess the knowledge, skills and abilities they need for the positions for which they're hiring. Give them a table that's long enough to hold their literature about the companies, including poster boards, brochures, business cards and promotional marketing items. Add chairs to each table so that representatives have a place to sit when they're not interacting with potential job candidates.
Set up a registration table at the entrance of the event, so that job seekers can sign in, pick up their name tags and have a home base to go back to, if they have questions about the job fair or the various booths and information available. As job seekers walk in, the individuals running the welcome table can say, "hello" and give them instructions on what to do next.
Set up a table with light refreshments both job seekers and employers can enjoy. The table should include hot tea, coffee, water, juice, muffins, bagels and mints.