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Job Fairs in Alaska: How to Prepare

Career fairs are events in which companies that are hiring connect with the public at large in hopes of finding candidates to fill their open positions. When you are applying for Anchorage jobs it can be easy to forget about the importance of getting out there and going to things like job fairs. We recommend that you keep your ear to the ground and attend these events when the opportunity presents itself. Do keep in mind that, as specialized events, the require a certain level of preparation.

1. Research the job fair: always take some time to check out which companies and organizations will have booths at the fair. If there are companies there you aren’t interested in or who don’t offer any work that suits your skills and background, you will know not to visit to maximize your time with more positive prospects. If there are some companies that you think are suitable, find out as much about them as you can, and prioritize which company representatives you want to speak with.

2. Dress and act professionally: The Wall Street Journal recommends treating the job fair like a job interview. That is, dress (business attire) and act like you would for an interview, and do the sort of preparation you would do before one. It is also common for recruiters to put you through a proto-interview when you talk to them, so it is important to be prepared. These can also help you for the real interview if the company is interested.

3. Don’t be shy: talking to new people, especially to people who could have sway over your employment, can be frightening for some people. If you are someone who feels that way, it is important to overcome that fear. Talking to recruiters and getting your name out there is entirely the point of career fairs, and if you don’t do that, then you aren’t accomplishing anything.

By Kyle Wise

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