Maximizing Career Expos: A Student’s Guide to Post-Expo Success

Earlier this year, we were privileged to attend the Annual Career Expo 2018, an event that opened doors to countless opportunities. As the year concludes, it’s time to reflect on your journey and assess your progress. Here’s a checklist to guide you through post-expo planning and ensure you are on the right track.

Career To-Do List:

1. Promoting Yourself through Social Media:

  • Strategic Profile Management: Evaluate your social media profiles – are they a true reflection of your personality and career goals?
  • Personal Branding: Understand that everything you say online is part of your personal brand. Tailor your content to align with your desired image.
  • Industry Alignment: If your interests lie in Corporate, Fashion, or IT, curate your profiles to showcase these interests. Let your potential employer see how you can contribute to their brand.

2. Reconnect with Your Network:

  • Follow-Up Reflection: Think about the business cards you collected at the career expo. Have you reached out? Reflect on the responses to your follow-up messages.
  • Meaningful Conversations: Assess your interactions with potential employers or recruitment agencies. Have you initiated valuable discussions?
  • Report on Progress: If some contacts haven’t responded, now is the perfect time to reconnect. Share a brief report on your activities and preparations for 2019.

3. Embracing the Excitement of the Future:

  • Positive Outlook: Don’t feel anxious about the future; view this phase of life as an exciting journey.
  • Long-Term Decision Making: Make decisions today that you’ll be proud of in five years. Think strategically about your choices.

Advice for Maximizing Career Expos:

1. Research Beforehand:

  • Exhibitor Insights: Familiarize yourself with the companies and organizations attending the expo. Prioritize those aligned with your career goals.
  • Prepare Questions: Craft thoughtful questions to ask recruiters and employers. This shows initiative and genuine interest.

2. Professional Presentation:

  • Dress the Part: Dress professionally to make a positive impression. Wear attire suitable for your target industry.
  • Polished Resume: Bring multiple copies of your resume. Ensure it’s well-organized, highlighting your skills and achievements.

3. Active Engagement:

  • Initiate Conversations: Don’t wait for recruiters to approach you. Take the initiative to start conversations and express your interest.
  • Networking Etiquette: Be polite and professional. Collect business cards, ask for contact information, and express gratitude.

4. Post-Expo Follow-Up:

  • Timely Thank-You: Send thank-you emails to recruiters and employers you interacted with. Express your appreciation for their time and insights.
  • Connect on LinkedIn: Extend invitations to connect on LinkedIn. Personalize your connection requests to remind them of your conversation.

5. Continuous Learning:

  • Attend Workshops: If the expo includes workshops or seminars, participate actively. This showcases your commitment to ongoing learning and development.
  • Collect Resources: Gather brochures, pamphlets, and resources from the expo. Use these materials for further research and understanding.

6. Reflect and Refine:

  • Self-Assessment: Reflect on your experience. What went well, and what could be improved? Use this assessment to refine your approach for future expos.
  • Goal Setting: Establish clear career goals based on the insights gained during the expo. Set realistic and achievable milestones.

Conclusion:

As the year draws to a close, take proactive steps to solidify the connections made at the career expo. Remember, your journey is an exciting one, and each decision you make today shapes your future. For any queries or guidance, feel free to reach out to us at info@fability.co.za. We are here to support you on your journey to success, you might enjoy the Blog: Things you need to do after a Career Expo