Success:





Research:









Prepare:







Perform:





Evaluate:






Follow UP:

Evaluate:

Perform:

Prepare:

Success:

Sample Job Fair Success Checklist


o Speak to ____ number of employers
o Make ____ new network contacts (attendees)
o Introduce myself first to attendees
o Have a network speech for attendees and one for company representatives
o Maintain business professional body language
o Modify introduction and get the person I’m talking with to ask me a question
o Discover one thing that will improve my presentation or approach

o Preregister?
o What are the costs (parking, copies for resumes, gas, snacks, etc) $________
o Date, hours, parking and location : ______________________________________________________________________
o Program layout – strategy map
o Dress expectations
o Preferred companies: _______________________________________________________________________________________
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o Like companies:  ___________________________________________________________________________________________
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o Research each highlighted company*(Sample Research page attached)
o Research potential opportunities with other attendees not listed (but found on website)
o Check LinkedIn for possible attendees

o Revised resumes for all potential opportunities
o Multiple copies of each resume
o Supporting documentation copies
o Introduction to employers speech ready
o Introduction to attendees speech ready
o Practiced in mirror to master body language and balance material while speaking
o Able to answer “Why are you here / What are you looking for?”
o Ready to close the conversation for action
o Ready to give value based examples of why I am a good fit for the opportunity
o Have question ready for representative or to talk about their company based on research

o Dressed to Hire
o Body Language –eye contact, posture, confident voice, strong handshake, smile, be welcoming etc.
o Request contact information from everyone I speak with
o Take notes after conversations
o Listen to other attendees during their interactions
o Modify speeches and introductions to further conversation
o Thank representatives

o Review Notes and interactions
o What I did well: _____________________________________________________________________________________________
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o What could I improve: _____________________________________________________________________________________
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o How did I recover from mistakes: ________________________________________________________________________
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o Thank you notes to representatives
o Connect with attendees on LinkedIn
o Follow prospective employers on LinkedIn
o Monitor business news for relevant information to send to contacts as additional follow up


Follow Up:

Research:


Who Are You?


Do you know and more importantly, do others?



Company Research Page


Name:_____________________________________________________________________________________________________

Industry:_____________________________________________________________________________________________________

Primary Services:_____________________________________________________________________________________________
Products:____________________________________________________________________________________________________
Markets:_____________________________________________________________________________________________________


Position of interest to me listed for job fair:___________________________________________________________________________
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How I fit criteria/requirements:_____________________________________________________________________________________
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How I exceed criteria/requirements:________________________________________________________________________________
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What draws me to this opportunity: ________________________________________________________________________________
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What would make me more interested:______________________________________________________________________________
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What would I want them to know about me as a possible candidate for this position, how does it line up with the company, mission, goals, products, services, markets, etc:______________________________________________________________________________
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What is something I can relate from my experience or skills to show alignment with the position or company, think problem, action, solution, value:_______________________________________________________________________________________________
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Possible questions for representative: _____________________________________________________________________________
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Possible connections to this company or employees:___________________________________________________________________
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Possible opportunities not listed for job fair but seen on website/web:____________________________________________________
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This is a company research – interview prep sheet all in one! Answering these questions gives you insight into the company and a basis for your introduction speech. You will also be prepared to speak in greater detail and at ease knowing why you like the opportunity and/or company, how you are a good fit and example of how your expertise/skills is of benefit to them.  You also have prepared good question to find out more – which demonstrates your interest and seriousness about the opportunity.