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Resume Tips for Job Fair Success

Resume Tips for Job Fair Success

Kim Isaacs / Monster

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Whether you’re a recent art school 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 for the day. These tips will help you make the best impression.

Research Job Fair Companies

“When meeting candidates at job fairs, I like to see that they’ve done their research,” says Louis Dennis, a human resources representative for State Farm Insurance Companies in Greeley, Colorado, who regularly recruits employees by attending job fairs.

“Folks who can sit down with me already knowing something about the company and the types of jobs they’re interested in are very impressive to me.”

It’s usually possible to obtain a list of employers participating in a job fair ahead of time. The best-prepared candidates will have already spent time researching corporate cultures, missions and open job opportunities posted on resources like or employer Web sites.

“If someone can say to me, ‘I’m interested in ”">graphic design or illustration and can back up why they’re a good fit, I’m immediately going to be impressed," Dennis says.

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