14 Sep 9 Things To Do AFTER A Career Fair

So you’ve gone through the Singapore Career Track Fair. There is a whole load of information and follow-up action to be taken. This is the last installment of a 3-part series on tips to prepare for a career fair. You may also like to read 8 Things To Do BEFORE A Career Fair and 7 Things To Do DURING A Career Fair.

As promised, we have designed a timeline to track your job applications a month on your behalf. Read on to make sure you are maximising your job and learning opportunities at the career fair!

Week Action by Us Follow-up with You
Week 1 We will send your resume to employers. You will be notified by SMS.
Week 2 We will confirm with employers if they have received your resume for the positions. You will be notified by SMS.
Week 3 We will inform you when employers revert to us. You will be notified by SMS.
Week 4 We will call employers to check if your application was successful. You will be informed of the outcome by a phone call. Should the application be unsuccessful, we will advise you on the next course of action.
Beyond Week 4 (if necessary) If you are shortlisted for interview, you will be contacted directly by the employers for an interview. Should the interview be unsuccessful, we will advise you on the next course of action.

With the timeline set out, here are 9 tips to get you covered during this period.

1. Organise Your Post-Career Fair Notes
One thing we recommend doing after a job fair is to organise your notes as soon as possible when your memory is freshest. For example, it could help you come up with pointers to include in your resume and even shine during the interview. Or check out an association. Join a networking meetup.

2. Customise Your Resume & Cover Letter
The more you understand about your own strengths in relation to the job position and the company, the more accurately you can tweak your resume. Customised resume increases your chances of getting interviewed by your ideal employers and landing a job consequently. Upload your resume online within 3 days after the job fair. We will use the latest available resume from our moveup.sg portal to send to your prospective employers.

Read here if you need help on your resume writing.

3. Follow Up On Prior Arrangements
You may have promised to send additional information in your job application, be it your portfolio, testimonials or referral contacts. Refer to your notes for reminders to fulfill any outstanding promises. This gesture exhibits your responsibility and earns you instant credits.

4. Dressing For An Interview
When you are called up for an interview, pay attention to your interview attire to ensure you feel most confident. Bursting buttons and unkempt hair are absolute no-nos. You do not need to be a fashionista, but pay a little attention to current styling trends to help inject a more updated image. If in doubt, ask your family and close friends for their honest opinions.

5. Preparing For An Interview
Start practising for an interview by rehearsing your achievements and past job experiences. Edit your script until it is kept under 1 minute. This will help you to zero in to the ones that matter most to the interviewers. And you only elaborate on the areas where interviewer show interest. Brainstorm on how to tackle those difficult interview questions, especially about your gaps. Your answers should be authentic yet still reflect your positive mindset.

6. Send Thank You Notes
If there were some significant exchange with the organisers or career coaches during the career fair, text a short appreciation for their time if you have their namecards. For employers, you may send thank you letters through e-mail within 2 days after the interview. In the e-mail, include something from the interview to make it easier for your potential employer to recall you. People may or may not remember; but don’t bypass the chance leave a good impression at every touch point.

7. Gear Up Your Job Search Skills
Post interview – this is the best time to work on the areas that didn’t turn out satisfactorily during the interviews. Start re-crafting your best answers and learn how to pitch yourself clearly in different situations. Rehearse with someone your answers until they sound natural and confident. Preferably with someone you are not too familiar with to simulate some interview tension.

8. Reflect & Develop Your Career In Various Ways
Improving job search skills is one of the many tracks for career development. Reflect on your conversations of career coaches and interviewers. Was it a gap in the hard skills you could upgrade? A soft skill issue that you neglected over the years? Or you simply need to get connected with a supporting community at this season of your career? Start taking steps towards a concrete action plan.

9. Get Connected to A Community
Apart from job applications, career fairs are good starting points for networking and re-evaluating your career directions. The employability climate has changed drastically in recent years. Your career path today will not be as direct as it might have been in previous generations. Get involved with a community that helps you continually grow and strive for career excellence. Reach out for support when the road gets bumpy.

Like many things, acing a career fair is a skill that can be learnt over time. We hope you continue to reinvent yourself so that you can surprise employers with your resilience and adaptability. Let us know what works for you in career fairs. For more resources on career coaching and other career , visit Centre for Career Excellence.

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