How to Tailor Your CV to Use at a Job Fair
Job fairs are a great way to meet potential employers, find new job leads or get some general advice about the application process for how to secure a role. Whether you’re fresh out of University looking for your first job, or you’re a professional in search of a new role, attending a job fair could be the key to securing that dream position.
Job fairs take place all over the UK and are often free to attend. There will be so many recruiters all under one roof speaking to hundreds of people throughout the day, so you must make an impression. One way to do that is by tailoring a great CV to hand out to companies that interest you. Here’s how you can tailor your CV for a job fair so you can land your ideal job.
Do Your Research
You should know who’s going to be at a job fair before you attend. Showing up prepared with some knowledge about the companies will show you’re forward-thinking and interested in them. You can usually obtain a list of companies that will be attending ahead of time
Make a list of the companies that you would like to work for and the role you want. Some companies may even include a list of their current vacancies, so if you see one that’s a good fit for you then definitely make a note of this to bring up in conversation.
Demonstrating that you know something about a company and the types of roles they offer will be instantly more impressive than someone who only has a fleeting interest. Pick your companies, do your research and prepare some in-depth questions to ask so you can tailor your conversations specifically to each company.
Writing the CV
When applying for a role, you should always tailor your CV to fit that exact role at a specific company. No recruiter wants to see a copy-and-paste job that you’ve sent out to dozens of places – and they will definitely be able to tell if that’s the case.
If the companies you’re applying to vary, you’re going to need a unique CV for each that show off entirely different skill sets. Even if you’re applying for various companies that operate in the same industry, you will still need modified CVs for each. Every company will be after something different, and their roles may function differently. There is no one-size-fits-all model when it comes to CVs.
Research the role you’re after and make a list of the skills/experience it requires – bonus points if the company you’re approaching have a vacancy for that role, then you can use their job advert as guidance. Get these most desirable skills into your CV and back them up.
Bring Different Versions of Your CV
Print off and bring all the copies of your CV along with you to the job fair. Make sure you keep them neat and well presented in a plastic wallet or folder so you can hand them out with ease.
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