5 Tips to make the most of Eclat Mega Job Fairs
Having conducted 35 mega job fairs, we have the following 5 tips for job seekers to make sure they find success. While these tips are based on our first hand experience of managing the éclat job fairs, they could be used for any other job fair too.
Dress For Success
The éclat job fairs are exclusive events for the hospitality industry, an industry that puts a premium on grooming, personality, presentation.
When you walk in to a job fair as a job seeker not dressed for the part, HR heads are not really going to be excited about your candidature are they?
Here is our rule for job seekers - wear the same thing to a job fair that you would wear to an interview at the company.
IHG was a premium recruiter at our job fairs. It was shocking to have candidates / fresh hotel management graduates walk to us and ask if it is a good company. You have to research the companies coming to a fair. You must know the company profile etc.
At the delhi job fair it was a little shocking to have candidates going to P&O cruises asking the recruiters if they could get them a job at 'any' cruise liner!
Preparation includes resume making, interview practice, making sure you know the venue, clothes, documents etc. too many over confident and ill-prepared job seekers are disappointed at job fairs.
Make the most of the opportunity
It can be daunting, I appreciate that. When there are more than 15 companies present at one location on one day, it can get terrifying. But you need to look at this as an opportunity, a massive opportunity. Meet as many recruiters as you can. Don't get disheartened if someone says no. Please understand recruiters may or may not offer letters immediately but of they are there for a whole day or two, they are there to hire.
If you get an offer say thank you,. If you get five, still say thank you. It is in bad taste to go back to recruiters and ask for more salary just because you received 3 more offers. On the other hand, if you are not offered a position, do not get angry and start complaining to HR that you have wasted a whole day to meet them and still it is a no. Be gracious, ask what you can do to improve and when you could apply again.
Additional tip - take responsibility
It is your career. Telling the organising team that what's the use if everyone is not meeting you or if everyone should get a job or that there is too much crowd, is really not required. It is an open event and you can make an informed decision on whether you want to participate or not.