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7 ways to impress at the Careers Fair

3 March 2017
Stand out from the crowd at the Careers Fair

Do your homework and follow these 7 steps to wow potential employers.

Careers Centre

Before the Careers Fair

1. Find out which employers are attending

Go online to see the employers who will be present first to decide who you'd like to talk to. Then do your research by visiting the companies' websites and finding out as much as you can about them in advance.

2. Be prepared to introduce yourself

You might find it helpful to prepare and rehearse a 60 second ‘elevator pitch’ about yourself which you can tailor to each employer and their company needs.

You should also prepare a list of impressive questions to ask (don’t ask about things you could have found out on their website!). These might include questions about the representative’s career path, projects that they have worked on, the skills and attributes they seek from applicants and the graduate program on offer.


Read more - Tips from employers on employability skills: 6 ways to get a job and keep it

On the day

3. Prioritise and plan your time at the fair

Approach employers who interest you the most first. By getting in early or midway through the day, you’ll give yourself the best chance of talking to the employers as there could be large queues, especially with popular exhibitors.

4. First impressions count!

Dress like a professional – it’s good to wear what you would to a job interview. Whilst employers don't expect you to wear a suit at a Careers Fair you do want to look professional and well dressed. 

Smile, make eye contact with the exhibitor and shake hands before introducing yourself (use your 60 second elevator pitch). Throughout the conversation, make sure you answer any questions clearly and confidently.  

5. Take notes

Collect brochures and take notes of any information that will help you to improve your future applications and interview preparation.

Where appropriate, ask for a business card or make a note of the name and position of the person you have spoken with, you never know when you might see them again.

6. Be open to possibilities

This might be an idea for a career direction that you’ve overlooked or a position available that you wouldn’t have otherwise noticed.

After the fair

7. Follow up and take action!

Review your notes, as well as the information and brochures you collected at the fair.  If you collected any business cards, send a professionally written thank you email to that representative, mentioning one or two things that you took away from your interaction.

If making applications, confirm application closing dates and get started, making use of our Careers Centre services throughout the process.

Upcoming Careers Fairs

Keep up to date with upcoming Careers Fairs on the Careers Centre website.