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Career Fairs in San Luis Obispo: What You Need to Know

Career fairs can be a great source of information relating to employment opportunities as well as a good place to meet recruiters. As you submit applications for San Luis Obispo jobs and want, perhaps, to cast a wider net in your job search, it's recommended to take these events into consideration to increase your chances. Career fairs, however, do certainly 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: take the necessary 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 companies that you think are right for you, 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 preliminary job interview. In short, dress (business attire) and act like you would for an interview, and do the kind of preparation you would do before an important one. It's 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 the future of your employment, is be frightening for some people. If you are someone who feels that way, take the steps 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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