If you are thinking of participating in a job fair, you are one of two kinds of people. You are either looking for your first job or you are looking for more money now. If your mission is the latter, we have some tips for you to get the most money that you can.
- Keep your resume short and sweet.
You want employers to be able to see what you bring to the table quickly. They should be able to see the skills that they are looking for quickly. For example, if you need a big raise, some big companies might be able to help. They might need your skills if you highlight your customer service and/or web development experience. They should be able to look at your resume and see the key features that they want quickly. Remember, companies at these events are pouring through hundreds of resumes. They do not have time to thoroughly hit each one.
- Dress for success.
Know your business and the companies that you are applying for. Dress your self according to the standards of the companies that you are most interested in. A fortune 500 company, for example, might be willing to give you the money if you dress in formal business attire. That same dress however might not go over so well for a Seattle web startup. It is all about knowing your perspective employers and dressing so that you would fit in with the company values. Old school business people do not want to work with a hippy and cool/trendy fresh out of college kids don’t want to work with a stiff.
- Be confident and friendly.
Confidence and a smile can go a long way towards getting you the money that you need. Good posture and eye contact make you seem like you know what you are doing and will be easy to get along with. In the customer service field, Bank of America might show you the money if you prove that you can get along with people and solve problems. A confident person is a problem solver. Not a naturally confident or even friendly person? Fake it and practice it. Go to a mall and make new friends, whatever it takes to build your confidence.
- Ask for what you are worth.
It is a tight job market and companies are having to compete for the best people. Do not be afraid to ask for what you are worth, even if that means that it is a lot more money than you are making now. The market favors employees right now so strike while you can. Just because you are asking for a salary that is 30% or more higher than what you are making now, does not mean that you can not get it if your skill set is right and you act the part.
Overall, you need to be proactive and aggressive to get the money that you need and want. Act the part, believe in yourself and employers will believe in you as well.