Since 80 percent of jobs are found through networking, it’s essential for you to get out and sell yourself. We know that you’re busy, so we’ve moved our career fairs online, where you can chat one-on-one with the front-line decision makers at a wide range of top employers throughout the country. This is the ideal chance to ask questions, sell yourself, and gather valuable information that you wouldn’t be able to obtain from a job board or Google search.
Thousands of women have secured terrific jobs at Women For Hire events. The next one could be you.
Here are our top tips to help you prepare for a successful day:
BEFORE THE EVENT:
- Conduct thorough research. With only 6-8 minutes to chat, you can’t waste time asking, “What does your company do?” or “What are you hiring for?” Before the event, take a look at the list of participating employers and the positions they’re recruiting for. Research their products and services, their competitors, and any current news or events they’re involved with. All of this information will be shared in the event lobby within two weeks of the event.
- Prepare a copy-and-paste introduction. Many professionals are initially flustered when asked, “Tell me about yourself.” Perhaps they feel pressure by being put on the spot; other times they’re simply overwhelmed about the job search process. Since you’ll no doubt be introducing yourself over and over throughout the event, prepare your pitch in advance of attending (This applies to any important event!) You only have a short period of time to make a strong first impression. Start with your first and last name, then mention your background and expertise, as well as the type of position you’re looking for. Be prepared to share one or two of your most impressive accomplishments.
AT THE EVENT:
- Chat with more than one recruiter from the same company. Each recruiter from a company has a different perspective. If you’ve been interested in a certain company, wait in line twice and chat with more than one recruiter. The system will remember you and automatically set you up with a recruiter you haven’t talked to. This way, you can gain additional insight while making a larger impact on the recruiting team.
- Take advantage of the free career coaching. At each event we bring together a group of career coaches and resume experts to provide attendees with free advice and candid feedback on their résumés, and answer any career-related questions. It’s a wise investment of your time to receive validation on your already strong résumé, or constructive feedback on ways to improve this essential document. It’s also a safe venue to address your most puzzling career-search issues.
AFTER THE EVENT:
- Stay top-of-mind. Remember that job offers are rarely extended within the timeframes we hope and pray for. These things usually take longer than most of us would like. The candidates who stay top-of-mind by showing their genuine passion for the position are the ones who tend to get the offers. There is a fine line between being polite and pestering someone, so be sure to maintain balance with your follow-up techniques.
- Share your success. We’re always interested in hearing from women who’ve secured jobs or made great contacts and connections at our events. We look forward to celebrating your success too!