A job fair is a great opportunity for networking, but it also can be a chaotic, hectic mess. Learn how to represent yourself in ways that will make you memorable.
1. Bring Information About Yourself
It’s surprising how many people show up and give a blank look when asked for a copy of their resume, or a business card. Although digital is largely how it’s done today, business cards are instrumental in networking. When people don’t have time to stop what they’re doing at a booth and rifle through their phones to add your personal information, a business card is a quick way to get your contacts into other people’s hands. So bring a stack next time you show up.
2. Keep Track of Other People’s Information
Be attentive to other people’s information. Many of us will meet and greet and shake hands, and come home with a jumble of information in our heads, and nothing written down. We may only remember 1 out of 10 people that we met.
Use your smart phone to enter basic data about person and the company. When you want to reach out to potential employer in the future, you’ll have info on their company, what they do, how you could help them and maybe something that happened that day. This info is what keeps your email from being deleted.
3. Capitalize on Digital Media
Although paper business cards can be great, be sure to also introduce yourself more fully on digital media. Add an easy URL to your business card that will redirect visitors to your Facebook, LinkedIn or other social media profile. You’ll start to see more of this crossover as your day-to-day contacts make their way to you online.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions and learn all you can about the business you’d like to work for. Your potential employer wants to know you’ve done your homework on their company. Follow these networking tips at your next job fair and you’ll be sure to stand out from the crowd.
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