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December 03, 2014
Career Fairs and Conference Series - Prepare for Success
By: Accenture Recruitment
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The Career Tip
How to Achieve Job Search Success at Conferences & Career Fairs

PART 1
Every year Accenture participates in numerous career fairs and conferences where we look for the best candidates to fill roles ranging from internships to senior level executive positions. The following tips will help you prepare for success at these events, and ensure you get the most out of your experience.

Prepare for Success
1. Review your CV. Make sure your CV is up to date and error free. Have a friend proofread it to be safe. Add a short bio tailored to the type of role you want. If the event has a resume database, be sure to submit your CV; companies search these databases frequently and sometimes invite candidates to attend their sponsored events, or ask them to meet for interviews during the conference. Don’t forget to bring a few hard copies of your CV; you never know when you’ll need them.

2. Make connections. Before the event takes place, use social media to identify and connect with people you’d like to talk to once you’re there. Check LinkedIn to see if you have a friend in common with one of the people you’re interested in meeting; maybe he or she can arrange an introduction. Many companies now communicate event announcements to attendees by using specific hashtags in their communications. Take note of these hashtags and follow them to gain insight into what to expect at the event and to connect with others who will be in attendance. See if the conference or career fair you are attending is listed on Facebook as an event. If so, mark yourself as “Going” and join online group discussions. Take part in event-related meet-ups and participate in games or contests. These activities demonstrate your interest, positive attitude and willingness to engage, and can help you build rapport before the conference.

3. Do your homework. Research the companies you’re interested in so you’re able to discuss their business, but be sure to use good judgment if you’re discussing anything controversial. Search for job openings that appeal to you and prepare thoughtful questions specific to those roles. Be able to quickly express why you’re interested in working at that company and what skills you offer. If you haven’t already, now is the time to develop an “elevator speech,” as you may only have a few minutes to make your case.

Follow the Careers blog for more tips. Next up in this series, one of our recruiters shares his advice from the conference frontlines.

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