Being a Professional in the ICT Industry, let’s see how to make the most out of attending a
What You Should Seek in the Career Fair
1. Find the trends
If you are someone who has yet to discover your field, or want to explore other professions, a career fair is the best place to do so.
You will find serious employers exhibiting the professions they are working in. You will also find exciting and adventerous startups as well as seasoned corporates all under one roof.
So if you have been wondering where the industry is heading, what qualities/skills are in demand in recent days, the best option is to ask people who are present at the career fair. Consider it a platform for exploring your own interests and matching them with things that are going on in the industry.
Remember, as I mentioned earlier, companies have actually paid to be there to talk to you — so if you go to them you will find them very open and welcoming. Think about it! For one whole day they will focus only on attracting you to their company — doesn’t that make you feel special? So don’t lose this opportunity to invest some time for your own professional growth.
2. Look for interesting Work Avenues
Whether you are a recent graduate or a professional looking to switch your job, this event provides you with the best opportunity to look for new work avenues. The best thing is that they are all in one place waiting to accept your CV, and tell you about their vision.
3. Get the attention you deserve
Usually when you go for an interview to an organization you are the one in need and they are the ones hiring. At career fairs the situation is reversed. The companies are the ones taking the time to attract you , while you are in a position to ask questions. So learn what you are worth in the industry. This is especially true if you think that you are working in a domain which you think is heading to a dead end. Visiting the career fair will open avenues and give you a good morale boost
4. Practice your skills
This is a lose nothing opportunity for you. You can try taking interviews and learn from your mistakes. If you have any issues with confidence or your communication skills, this is the best oppurtinity to polish those up. Since the pressure in the fair will be much less than what you experience in a interview room, you can relax and highlight your qualities.
5. Learn from others
You can talk directly to people who have been in the industry. If your faith in your industry has been shaken up in anyway, you can meet people present at the fair and on booths who can guide and encourage you.
6. Find your strengths.
You will not see a gathering of such multi dimensional domain people sitting together anywhere else. You can evaluate which domain/field suit you better, what your strengths and weaknesses are, what does the industry require from you as a professional. And then you can work on those skills.
Guidelines for making the best experience
Here are a few basic guidelines for participating;
a. Dress Formally
Though it is not a formal interview, still employers may take instant on the spot interviews. Be ready. Dressing up formally won’t hurt you, but coming in casually might lessen your chances of making a good impression in case of a surprise interview. Also it will distinguish you from non-serious by-standers.
b. Take your CV along
Make sure to take copies of your updated CVs with you. If you have not recently updated your CV or are a fresh graduate/student who has not written a CV these guidelines may help you – here is the link .
c. Be an early bird
The event itself is a taxing process for the employers. Try to get there early in the day when the exhibitors are fresh and energetic.
d. Be enthusiastic
Show your interest when you visit a booth and ask the employer about information you don’t expect to find online. Be genuinely interested in knowing about the company before applying. The most eye catching candidates are the ones radiating energy in such large gathering.