While Attending the Career Fair… Network, Network, Network — With Everyone
Regardless of your specific goals for attending the career fair, always remember that one of the biggest benefits of attending is adding additional contacts to your career network.
Of course, the recruiters are the main people you are networking with (often with the intent of getting to the next step in obtaining a company visit), but don’t forget all the other participants at the fair.
Network with other attendees. Some of the attendees are your competition of course, but many are seeking other positions and the sharing of information and resources can be quite beneficial — not only at the fair, but beyond. So take the time to chat with other fair-goers.
And don’t forget to network with the fair organizers who may have inside information on upcoming recruitment events, organizations that are recruiting but could not attend, and so forth.
Still not sure about this whole concept of networking? Read: Career Networking Explained: Making Connections, Building Relationships.
And for a broader understanding of networking possibilities outside a career fair, check out the tools and resources in this section of Quintessential Careers: The Art of Career and Job-Search Networking.
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