Getting the most out of job fairs
The University of the Philippines (UP) will hold its annual University Job Fair from January 29 to February 1.
Triciah Terada, promotions head, said, “We have invited over 80 companies and we’re expecting 2,000 people to join.”
Its theme for the year, “New Routes Now Open,” entices its participants to open themselves up to more diverse fields and opportunities. At least 80 invited companies were deliberately chosen to take into account a wide range of courses in UP.
Job fair benefits
Terada said job fairs can help graduating students, those applying for internships, and even those looking for employment.
1. Knowledge of practical tools
Prior to the job fair, UP-sponsored workshops were given on resume writing, brand management and power dressing. On top of practical tips shared, students were able to voice out questions directed at industry speakers on real-world processes and issues.
2. Mindset setting
Attending job fairs provides flexibility in broadening horizons.
On the other hand, some students feel guilty about not having any plan at all. Job fairs force them to create a career map in their heads. Knowing more about the companies means knowing more about themselves and what they’re capable of. Participating companies sometimes have their HR personnel attend to student queries.
Job fairs allow students to talk to the right people, establish a good first impression, and eventually build rapport with them.
With this in mind, it’s good to plan ahead with 1) a well-proofread and sufficient number of printed resumes; 2) companies’ basic information and 3) appropriate attire. The time and effort dedicated to preparations are commensurate to a higher probability of landing an interview. - Rappler.com