Think all job hunting is done online these days? While the Internet has revolutionized recruitment processes, career fairs are still great for making personal connections with employers, provided you can find ways to stand out from the pack. Here are some of InStaff’s best tips to help candidates rock their next job fairs:

Dress the Part

You might be able to search the Craigslist ads in your bathrobe, but the same doesn’t hold true for attending a job fair. To make a positive impression on recruiters, ditch the jeans and graphic tee in favor of more professional attire. Additionally, you should make sure your hair is neatly groomed, cover visible tattoos, and avoid wearing too many accessories. The goal is to show employers you take pride in your appearance while implying that you will do the same with your work.

Be Memorable

No matter how strong your resume is, recruiters are likely to toss it aside if your conversational style leaves much to be desired. To avoid losing that hot job to the competition, brainstorm memorable things to say to recruiters at your next job fair. Instead of offering a laundry list of your accomplishments, share one or two key achievements to ensure you stand out from the other attendees. With a little advanced preparation, you can increase your chances of getting a callback on the job of your dreams.

Follow Up After the Fact

Think your work is finished the moment the job fair ends? Even if you wowed recruiters with your professional garb and carefully relayed achievements, the work’s not done until you follow up after the fact. If you forgot to take a business card, try finding the recruiter’s name on the company website. A simple email restating your interest—and your contact details—can go a long way toward earning you the job of your dreams.

Contact InStaff for a Leg Up on the Competition

At InStaff, we understand that first impressions are everything in the working world and strive to give every candidate a leg up on the competition. Take the next step today by searching our job listings, or call to set up an appointment with our knowledgeable staff.