How to make the most out of the Graduate Careers Fair
The Graduate Careers Fair is a great way to meet recruiters, find out more about employers and industries, and hunt for jobs.
Having top employers under one roof is an invaluable opportunity; where you can have face to face conversations and get in depth information on careers and application processes. However, careers fairs can be overwhelming! We’ve put together our tips on how to get organised to make the most of your time and enjoy all the fun of the fair.
Think ahead: plan your time at the fair
Check the location of the fair, its opening times and which employers and organisations will be attending. You can do that by clicking here.
Think about why you want to attend and what you want to get from the event. For example, do you want to research an industry sector; pick up information about companies; find out about job or work experience opportunities with particular employers, get info on application processes, or network?
Research employers before you go
Careers fairs are a great way to find out behind the scenes stuff you can’t get from their website. However, recruiters will be busy and your time with them may be short. Prior research means you can quickly get to the details. You’ll also create a much better impression
Visit employers profiles on the gradireland website to find out what they do (products made/services offered) and to find out more about their graduate roles, skills and qualifications required and recruitment processes.
Prepare questions to ask recruiters and representatives
In the days leading up to a fair, scan the news headlines and relevant industry sector pages of quality news websites to get a feel for what’s going on in the sectors that interest you.
Presentation matters if you want to stand out
The jury is out on how you should dress for graduate recruitment fairs. Some say suited and booted, while others say smart casual – it can depend on the profession. Smart casual is usually fine; clean and tidy is vital. It’s important that you are comfortable, but also be professional. Remember how you look is only one part of the presentation package.
When you approach recruiters at fairs:
- Be purposeful, confident and enthusiastic, but also polite and courteous.
- Know what you have to offer – your skills, qualities and experience.
- Be ready with specific questions to ask.
Make notes for future reference
Take a notepad and pen to write down the names and contact details of people you meet and to record any useful information you glean. Once you leave an employer’s stand, move to one side and take a moment to record your impressions:
- What makes the organisation different?
- Would you be happy working with these people?
- What did you find out that made you feel you would fit in? How would you be able to use your skills within the organisation?
You may find that you refer to contacts you made and information you found out at careers fairs in applications and interviews.
Most importantly don’t forget to register for the gradireland Graduate Careers Fair taking place Wednesday October 3rd in the RDS Simmonscourt from 11am until 5pm. You can get your ticket free here!
For more hints and tips visit the gradireland blog.
This article first appeared on our gradireland blog.