We asked several companies and job-finding experts the most common mistakes they see people make at job fairs.
Here’s what they had to say and their advice on how to avoid such missteps:
1. Don’t forget that first impression
“Often times, they look like they rolled out of bed, or dress too provocative. Classy, tasteful dress attire is noticed.” — Ashley Caudill, HR specialist for JBM Envelope Co.
2. Don’t just go for the “freebies”
“In my opinion, candidates approach sheepishly looking at the “goodies” on the table. I would recommend they approach with confidence and enthusiasm to show interest in what is being offered and to show they are sure of themselves.” — Tim Morrison, quality system coordinator, INX International Ink Co.
3. Don’t come empty-handed
“I would say the biggest mistake is coming unprepared…. be ready to possibly be interviewed, and have a copy of your resume. Even if the company makes you apply online, leaving your resume lets you leave them something to remember you by. I have seen a number of employers walk out with resumes with notes on them after job fair that we host.” — Matt Fetty, director, OhioMeansJobs-Warren County
4. Don’t forget to do your research
“The most common mistake I see is job seekers coming unprepared. … I would suggest researching the company and know a few facts about them so when you talk with the hiring manager they’ll know you have done some research.” — Melissa O’Brien, a business services liaison with OhioMeansJobs-Butler County
5. Don’t forget to sell yourself
“Every candidate should have a 30-second “elevator pitch” prepared to give a quick overview of their skills.” — Heath Brothers, recruiter, Spectrum