Grad Fairs: How to make the most of a golden opportunity

Grad fairs are the perfect opportunity to meet potential future employers, and get a step ahead of your peers in securing a graduate position. Jordan Turner shares his advice for making the most of your visit to a grad fair.

3 representatives from Grovelands at a grad fairWhether you’ve recently graduated or are due to graduate in the near future, graduate fairs can be a perfect launch pad for your career. Now that the university year is well under-way it’s the perfect time to consider how you can make the most out of opportunities such as these, and help distinguish yourself from the thousands of other students looking for work.

Our top Grad Fair tips

We regularly attend grad fairs across the country, on the look out for talented graduates who are wanting to launch their careers. By attending these events, we’ve gotten to know what grads can do to stand out to potential employers both during, and after the fair.

We’ve compiled a list of key steps that are actually relatively easy and straight-forward, but are vitally important if you want to make a good impression at a graduate fair, and therefore get the most out of them.

    1. Update your CV

Firstly, make sure your CV is up to date and you bring it with you! All your hard work making a great first impression at the fair could be hindered if you fail to do this.

    1. Look the part

Our second tip is a piece of advice that seems incredibly simple, but it’s also incredibly effective; make sure your appearance is immaculate. You really will make a great first impression if your appearance is as sharp as possible.

    1. Do your research

Do some research beforehand on which companies you specifically want to talk to when you arrive at the fair. That way, when you go to interact with the people who you are trying to impress, you will be able to engage and interact with them. This could easily be the difference between being remembered by the company or not.

    1. Plan ahead

Once you have researched which companies you want to talk to at the graduate fair, make sure they are the companies you seek out as soon as you arrive. Graduate fairs are usually really busy, therefore the quicker you seek out the companies that really matter to you, the more you will get out of the fair.

    1. Keep in touch

Finally, don’t just go to fairs for the freebies on offer! Ensure you extract the maximum you can from each conversation you have, regardless of who it’s with. Once you do make a good impression and obtain something meaningful such as a business card, make sure you follow it up the next day. Either emailing or calling any contacts you acquire will show your commitment to working for the company, and also show your appreciation for their time the day before, helping you really stand out from hundreds of graduates at the fair.

These five tips are something that are easily missed by many graduates, but they are incredibly simple pieces of advice that will really make a difference.

How do we know this?

I’m sure most of you will have read a really interesting piece from Li Yen Tan about the ‘Illustrious Gap Year’. Li herself is a prime example of what can happen when you extract the maximum from a graduate fair. She followed these simple steps earlier this year, and was able to make such a strong impression when she got to the Grovelands station at the fair; she was eventually hired into the company and has thrived ever since.

Following these steps will help you make that all important first step into the career path of your choice. If that career path is into the financial sector call us on 01273 651 500 to find out more about the exciting contract opportunities we have to offer. Best of luck and make sure you come visit us at the next graduate fair you go to!

Follow our Graduate team on Twitter to be the first to hear about our latest Graduate opportunities, and for info on when we’ll be visiting a grad fair near you!

– Jordan Turner

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