Life Outside Your Phone: A Student’s Guide to Job Fairs

High school students today are constantly on their phones. Still, a job fair presents a unique opportunity to step out of the digital world and make real connections. Attending an employment fair can be an intimidating experience, but it doesn’t have to be. With the proper preparation and attitude, anyone can make the most of a recruiting event and take the first steps toward their future career. This blog post will guide high school students looking to make the most of their experience.

What to Wear
When attending a job fair, it is vital to dress in a way that conveys professionalism. Generally, this means following the business casual dress code. This can mean different things for male and female-identifying individuals, so knowing what you should and should not wear is essential.

Business Casual Guidelines for masculine presenting:
• A collared shirt (like a polo or dress shirt)
• Slacks or chinos
• Dress shoes
• A belt
• Clean shaven

Business Casual Guidelines for feminine presenting:
• Blouse or a dress shirt
• Skirt or dress pants
• Closed-toe dress shoes
• Modest jewelry
• Hair styled neatly

At the very least, all attendees should wear nice jeans or khakis, a collared shirt, minimal jewelry, and closed-toe shoes. They should not wear perfume/cologne, loud patterns, or heavy makeup.

What to Say
It’s essential to be prepared and practice what you want to say before attending the job fair. Before the fair, you should also research each employer and know what questions you’d like to ask them.

The key is to be professional but friendly. Make sure to smile, make eye contact, and use positive body language when speaking with potential employers. Give an appropriate handshake, maintain an open posture, and keep your voice level and polite.
Remember, a job fair is an opportunity to stand out from the crowd and make a great first impression.

What to Ask
Attending a job fair can be an overwhelming experience for any high school student, but it doesn’t have to be. Knowing what questions to ask is the key to having a successful job fair experience.

It would help to always ask about your desired position when approaching an employer’s booth. Employers are looking for someone enthusiastic and interested in the job, so ensure you know as much as possible about it. You can also ask for more information about the goods and services that the company provides. Asking about the workplace culture is also essential, as it will give you a better idea of whether you would be a good fit for the job.

Finally, ask about new hires’ training and if any extra skills are needed to succeed in the role. Additionally, asking about the hiring procedure and when to expect a response will give you peace of mind about your job prospects at the job fair.

By asking these questions and engaging with employers at a job fair, high school students can gain valuable experience and increase their chances of finding summer work.

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