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Strategies for Portland Job Fairs


Over the course of your search for Portland jobs, you may want to consider attending a job fair. These events are great sources of information and career development, and are great opportunities to meet recruiters. Job fairs, however, require their own level of strategy and planning, so here are the steps you should follow when you pay a visit to one.

1. Research the job fair: always take some time to check out which companies and organizations are 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; 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. This can help you for the real thing 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, you need 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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