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Prepare for a fair

Careers fairs are a great way for university students to explore potential employment opportunities and learn more about companies who are actively hiring. Read my three top tips for preparing for a fair.

Get your CV checked

Some employers accept CVs at careers fairs, so it is a good idea to bring an updated copy of your CV with you. It gives employers a blueprint of your skills and something tangible to remember you by. You may think there are no errors, but having someone else look over it is good practice. Remember you can use the Careers, Employment and Enterprise Service to help you. Don’t let errors overshadow your qualifications for a job!

Research employers

The more information you can gather beforehand, the more successful the careers fair is going to be for you. Find out which companies are going to be at the fair, and spend time researching them. What types of jobs do they have open? What kind of people are they looking for? What kinds of skills do these people need to have? If you have done research before the fair, you won’t have to ask the question, “What does your company do?” If you have to ask, you are wasting valuable time.

Prepare questions

Develop some questions you’d like to ask employers. Narrow down your list of businesses to include those who have positions you are interested in, or are businesses you think you might like to work for. Then think what you would like to ask the companies representatives at the fair.

Preparation is the key to a successful careers fair! Watch this video for more tips on how to impress at a fair:

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