Dos and don’ts at Leeds Digital Job Fair
Job fairs are a great way to meet potential employers as well as simply make contact with influential people in your ideal industry. However, you must bear in mind that there may be a lot of attendees present, meaning you need to make sure you stand out and make an excellent first impression.
To help you make the most of your time at your next job fair, we’ve put together this list of dos and don’ts at Leeds Digital Job Fair. Follow these tips and you’ll have the best chance of making the right kind of impression and finding success.
DO… dress smartly
You don’t want to look like a slob in front of potential employers, so you should show that you’re making an effort. Aim to dress professionally and sensibly, always bearing in mind what you would think if you were meeting yourself; if you don’t think you look right you can always find a new outfit with enough planning.
DON’T… wear a suit
As much as you want to look smart, suits are too formal for a job fair. Not only will you look like you’re trying too hard, but you also need to remember that you’ll be on your feet most of the day. A suit will not be comfortable for that length of time, and you might find your conversation suffering as a result.
DO… seek out specific jobs
It pays to have done your research beforehand, so you’ll probably be arriving with a list of companies you’re looking to talk to. Showing that you are aware of what jobs are on offer and that you’ve looked up some background information on a specific role is a good way of showing how capable and diligent you are, making a good first impression.
DON’T… walk away if what you want isn’t on offer
You might find that your favourite company doesn’t have any offerings in the field you’re looking for, but that doesn’t mean you should just leave. Strike up a conversation, offer a business card and make it clear that you’re available should something come up. Being friendly and polite is an incredibly valuable skill to utilise at a job fair, so show potential employers your charismatic side.
DO… sell yourself
Don’t forget, you’re there to show employers that you’re the right person for whatever job you’re interested. As such, it won’t pay to be meek or overly humble. Make sure exhibitors are aware of your skills and experience; it might be a good idea to develop an ‘elevator pitch’ you can use to quickly sell yourself. However…
DON’T… make it all about you
Ask questions. Smile. Make conversation. These are all extremely important aspects of networking that people often neglect. Selling yourself is good, but it needs to be balanced with a healthy dose of polite, friendly chat. You will come across as arrogant if all you do is talk about yourself, so impress employers with your charm as well as with your CV.
Test out these dos and don’ts yourself at the next Leeds Digital Job Fair on the 28th of April. Sign up now, totally free and join us from 12pm at First Direct Arena.