Dress code is professional. Think of this as an interview. For men - a suit or sports coat and a tie. For women - a suit with pants or a skirt. If you want to dress with more flair, do it with accessories.
- Practice your brag story. When an exhibitor asks you about your career goals
and how your experiences are preparing you to be successful, you should be
prepared with a one minute concise answer.
- Bring several copies of your resume. If you are ready for a professional position, show it by having your resume prepared. It should be perfect. Have a friend proofread it.
- Develop 3 questions to ask exhibitors. Have an opening question ready when you meet exhibitors. This is part of your first impression, so be prepared and make it a good one.
- Research companies in advance. Review the list of exhibitors to find company descriptions, lists of positions available, and company websites.
Introduce yourself. Make eye contact, extend your hand, say hello and introduce yourself. You will look confident and show that you have something to offer the company that is exhibiting.
Follow up with your opening question.
- Collect business cards. You can't send a personalized thank you if you don’t have a business card. "To whom it may concern" doesn’t cut it.
You will meet many people, so make notes on the back of the business cards to
help you remember key information.
- Send thank you notes. This does not just apply to the formal interview. If you really liked a company at the conference, send them a thank you for being there. They made an investment of time and money to attend, too.
- Limit your baggage. Shaking hands gets every conversation off to a
good start, so keep your hands and shoulders free from bulky or heavy bags.
A portfolio to carry resumes and record notes is a good idea.
- If you have heard that companies aren’t hiring at the moment, you should still come to the conference. Use your time to learn about companies and discover where you want to work. Every company has its own personality and uniqueness.