A Resume Objective for Career Fair

A Resume Objective for Career Fair

Resume Objective for Career Fair


At the end of last semester, I spent a lot of time thinking about an article I was writing for my career center blog on resume objectives. I got lots of great responses from students, but I couldn't figure out which one I wanted to use for my article.



Whether you're a recent graduate seeking your first position or an experienced professional in search of a new opportunity, attending job fairs is one way to network and find job leads. Job fairs allow you to meet hiring managers from various companies and industries—all housed under one roof (real or virtual) for the day. These tips will help you create a resume for a job fair and show you how to make the best impression.

"Once candidates have done their research on participating companies, they can create a few different resumes targeting these," MacGill advises. "For example, someone interested in finance can research typical job titles and types of responsibilities and then create several different versions accordingly. They also might create one resume targeted to working for banks and another one tailored to working for the finance division of a large firm like GE." (Source: www.monster.com)



"If the resume is cluttered and not easy to read, this is a problem," says MacGill, who coordinates career fairs at Penn State. "Employers get so many resumes at career fairs, and you've got to make sure your resume is easy on the eye, with the main information easy to pick up and quickly scan."

Use the information uncovered during your research to guide your cover letter development. You may have found names of HR managers, position openings and job requirements that will help you customize your letters. If you don't have this information, write a cover letter to go along with each resume version. The letter should provide an overview of your qualifications that meet the goal the resume specifies. (Source: www.monster.com)


Take time to read about the organizations that are attending the recruiting event on your Career Fair Plus app. Prioritize the companies you are most interested in, then gather more information from the company website and Glassdoor.com. If the recruiter gives an option to send a resume or register for an appointment, do so at least a day before the career fair. Identify how your education and skills match the organization's need, then write a list of questions to ask the recruiter. Make more questions than you'll have time for so that you have a couple left to ask in the thank you note you send afterward.

Sleep well the night before the recruiting fair so that you have energy. Walking around a large event can be nerve-wracking, so you'll need all the energy you have to look refreshed and enthusiastic. If you attend the event later in the day, the company recruiters may be tired, so don't be discouraged if they don't seem enthusiastic. It doesn't mean they aren't interested. Be polite and show you are interested. If it seems appropriate, offer to fetch a bottle of water or cup of coffee for the recruiter. Don't overdo it, but a small act of kindness can be powerful. (Source: www.careerfairplus.com)


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