It's important to know what you should and should not do to successfully navigate a career fair
or placement day event. The most important thing you can do is come prepared. That means pre-registering, obtaining a list of companies attending, researching companies you're interested in, and developing a time-management strategy to make the most of the opportunities at the event. First, dress for the job you want and wear comfortable shoes. Conservative, professional fashion choices are the best option. Don't drop your resume on the table and walk away. Have a short pitch ready to help sell yourself as a viable candidate. If you really want to work for a company, stand in line and wait your turn to speak to the recruiter. Don't waste valuable time talking to people from companies you don't want to work for. Recruiters often work in teams at career fairs. They are not only talking to potential candidates but also watching those waiting in line. Don't fidget, chew gum, play with your hair, or otherwise act distracted, and put your cell phone away! Do review your pitch, resume points you want to emphasize and questions you want to ask when it's your turn. Check out these tips to help you make the most of your career fair experience.