International Job Fair Guidelines and Tips

International job fairs are in some ways quite different from the usual types of job fair you will have experienced. There's a lot to see and do, and sometimes the information is as valuable as the jobs on offer. These job fairs are a window on emerging trends in the global industry, and they're often major presentations.

Employers and corporations make an intensive effort to present high quality materials, competing for talent and highly qualified professionals. Even the job packages are important information regarding possible career moves. The international job market includes some of the highest paid jobs in any industry. Those jobs are career goal setters, and the job fair can tell you a lot about what's required to get them.

Planning and researching your international job fair moves

It's definitely best to do your research well in advance of the job fair. Because these fairs can be huge, with thousands of people attending, seeing what you need to see requires some organization.

When checking out the international job fair website:

Identify employers of interest: These employers are your basic itinerary. Locate them on the job fair map, so you can navigate easily. Research each employer thoroughly, using site links. Keep the number of employers with which you intend to lodge applications to a realistic level. You can also contact employers directly, and ask what to bring for job applications, and whether they're conducting interviews. This is a major time-saver, and prevents you from being unprepared when attending their booths.

Create a good set of priorities for your visit: You'll also want to be able to investigate many of the new things on show. Put together a list of presentations you'd like to see.

Interview preparation

Although formal job interviews aren't usually conducted at job fairs, screening interviews are likely. Screening interviews are basic behavioral interviews, with mainly standard questions. To prepare for these interviews, do a thorough revision of common interview questions, particularly if you haven't done an interview recently.

Job applications

Bring with you a digital copy of your resume, preferably a USB memory stick. (Check your resume thoroughly before loading the memory stick.) A hard copy resume may be useful, but they're comparatively rare at job fairs these days.

Dos and Don'ts

Do:

  • Stay organized. You'll get a lot more done properly, and much more quickly, by sticking to your plan.

  • Make sure you know where to find what you want: Getting lost is not an option. An information booth will be quicker than looking around.

  • Manage your times: Allow reasonable amounts of time for each thing you want to do. Allow about an hour for just getting from place to place.

  • Make sure you bring everything you need. Check all your materials before you leave.

Don't:

  • Don't allow yourself to get stuck in one place. Check booths to see likely waiting times. Try to avoid any lines.

  • Don't get distracted. Stick to your original plan. You can do the sightseeing later.

  • Don't waste your own time. Conversations and sidetracks wreck a schedule. You can come back if necessary and do those things.