Making the most of the fair

Make the most of the careers fair - employers' tips and advice

Come along and find out more about the career opportunities on offer.

This is your chance to:

  • speak to employers/organisations in an informal setting
  • find out about the different employment sectors
  • compare companies in the same sector
  • find out what it is like to work within a particular company
  • make direct enquiries about their training schemes, placement opportunities, vacation or voluntary opportunities
  • find out about potential career prospects
  • collect information and ideas.

Before the fair

  • regularly check the Who'll be there page for an update on employers/organisations attending, to research them and visit their websites for background information and details of their current and future vacancies
    Careers fair - Who'll be there
  • nearer the day familiarise yourself with the floor plans and list of stands (also available on the day)
    Careers fair - Floor plans and list of stands
  • some employers may accept CVs on the day. Prepare your CV, try and tailor it to your chosen employers/organisations and take the opportunity to market your strengths. Remember to have copies of your CV with you on the day.
  • think about some of the possible questions to ask employers/organisations. Anticipate the questions employers/organisations may ask you and give some thought to your answers.
      Careers fair - possible questions to ask employers (pdf - 211kb)
Careers Fair CV Clinic

Get employer feedback about your CV. Some of the employers during the event may be able to give general advice and tips on how to improve your CV. More information will be available at the careers fair reception desk on the day.

On the day

  • Dress appropriately. You don't need to wear a suit. Being smart/casual is fine – try to make a good first impression
  • pick up the careers fair opportunities guide, floor plans and a list of stands
  • familiarise yourself with the layout
  • prioritise employers/organisations you wish to approach. Some employers get very busy. Don't be put off – be prepared to wait or come back later
  • speak clearly and concisely to employers/organisations, maintain eye contact and focus on what’s being said
  • use the questions you prepared prior to the fair and make notes about your conversation with your preferred employers for future reference immediately after you leave the stand
  • be open-minded and enthusiastic, create a good impression, enjoy the experience and remember to smile.

After the fair

  • Give feedback on the careers fair – this helps us improve our planning of future events
  • reflect on what you learnt from talking with employers/organisations
  • read through all the information you collected
  • note the application procedure and any closing dates for each employer/organisation and make sure your application reaches them on time
  • create your personal file for keeping track of all the employers/organisations and potential job leads.
  • see a careers adviser for advice and guidance with your applications and how to prepare for interviews and assessment centres. Get careers advice

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