Many job seekers view career fairs as being the same as job interviews, an approach that can often lead to disappointment. Candidates can get frustrated when they learn that many companies require candidates to submit an online resume or apply through their website. Since career fairs exist to provide candidates with an opportunity to ask questions and gather information about organizations, here are some suggestions to help you make the most of your face time with a recruiter to then assist you in their online requirements:
Research the companies you are interested in approaching at a career fair and get inside information by asking for it.
Engage the recruiter in professional dialogue so that you are memorable. Nothing can take the place of face-to-face conversation.
Ask questions about the online application and what would help your application stand out from others. Take notes.
Find out what “key words” you should use in your online application.
Remember that the same rules still apply with online applications. Your application materials must be well organized and error free.
Enter data in the correct fields and complete all fields or assessments, even if they are not required.
Use the “comments” section to highlight items left off your resume.
Be sure your resume will upload or convert electronically while maintaining the format – bullets, bolding, underlining.
Ask the recruiter how, when, and who you should follow up with.