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Top Tips For Making The Most of A Careers Fair

Attending a careers fair is a great way to speak to different employers all at the same time and a fantastic opportunity for you, so make sure you prepare and read HB’s Top Tips here

We recently attended a careers fair and met with Year 9 & 10 children from Hertfordshire schools. We chatted about a career in Accountancy and how their choices after school or college could impact on them financially. It was a busy fair and well organised by Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership, Hertfordshire Opportunities Portal (HOP) and Broxbourne Council.

Here are our top tips for attending a careers fair:

Tip 1 – Do your Research

Make a list of employers attending and decide who you would like to speak to. Speak with as many different companies and remember that jobs can span all sectors, so don’t rule any out.

Visit the website and social media channels of the businesses attending. Remember that some of the companies that are attending may be hiring. You will stand out if you can talk about something relating to the company that you have seen online.

Tip 2 – Communication is Key

This isn’t a job interview by any stretch but it is still an opportunity for you to stand out to a potential employer. How you present yourself, how you behave and what you say will leave an impression – make it a good one.

Tip 3 – Think about your online presence before you attend the careers fair

If you do not have a LinkedIn presence, create one. Use a smartly dressed image for your profile picture. Make sure the background of your profile picture is tidy or blurred out and fill out all the sections of your profile. Your LinkedIn profile is your online CV and many employers are now looking to LinkedIn to find potential employees, so be present!

Think about the impression you want to give your potential employer, this includes what you are commenting too, not just what your profile says about you. While you are meeting businesses, you can ask to “Link In” with them at the event – growing your business connections through LinkedIn will only be helpful in future.

Tip 4 – Take copies of your CV with you

How often do you get the chance to hand your CV to a potential employer face to face? Chances are if a business is attending a career’s fair then that business recruits regularly – update your CV and take copies along with you. Ask the businesses you meet to keep you in mind, should a position become available. This is a great opportunity to stand out.

Our Marketing Manager Vicki says she would have remembered someone who gave her a CV at a career’s fair as it would have proved that they had thought ahead.

Tip 5 – Follow up after the careers fair

Have as many “positive” conversations with the different businesses attending, keeping a note of who you spoke to and the name of the company. If you didn’t connected on LinkedIn at the careers fair, make sure to connect after. Drop them a message “it was great to meet you at the careers fair, thank you for taking the time to talk with me” is a nice opener. The contact might suggested you send them your CV, do this as quickly if you want to get noticed.

HB Accountants attended Generation Broxbourne Careers Fair this month

Our office and marketing manager Vicki recently attended a careers fair along with our newest apprentice, Matt Ahl.

With students all over Essex, Hertfordshire and the whole of England getting ready to leave school, Matt and I were asking the students, do you know all your options? The students were all happy to take away our Finance for School Leavers Guide, which we update every year and give to local schools and colleges to help inform our local students.

Vicki Foster HB Accountants

Your next chapter should be an exciting one, so be one step ahead with HB’s “need to know guide” to help you navigate the options ahead and how they will impact on you financially.

Find out which choice might be best for you by scrolling down or downloading our leaflet below;

Good luck on your journey


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