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I recently attended a career fair and saw or heard many of the scenarios outlined below. A few I added from other career fair experiences, but not many! I commonly see and hear many of these egregious examples at job fairs I attend across the region.


How To Screw Up At A Career Fair

If you don’t want to be hired by attending a career fair:
  • Bring your child/children (no matter how young, old, cute, well behaved, calm, mature). No one, not the children, you, other attendees, or employers will benefit.
  • Bring your dog. Everyone can hear it barking from the car in the parking lot, including you! It’s never a good idea to leave your dog alone in the car anyway.
  • Ask about benefits and raises. Everyone wants them – this can be discussed closer to the job offer.
  • Wear knee high stockings with a skirt, even a long one – the split is above the stocking line and clearly visible from behind, in case you wondered.
  • Tell a recruiter/potential employer you don’t want to “waste” a resume on them – bring enough to waste on every employer there and then some. You don’t know from where your next job offer will come yet.
  • Wear jeans, shorts, t-shirt, muscle shirt or ill-fitting, or bad looking clothing. Ask someone whose opinion you care about how you look – they will tell you.
  • Wear pink sunglasses to match with your capri’s that have a large embroidered pink flower on the leg. This is good advice on any day.
  • Wear perfume or smoke what smells like an entire pack of cigarettes before attending. Many people are allergic to perfumes and no one likes the smell of stale cigarette smoke.
  • Leave your glasses at home if you need them to read. What? You really didn’t think you would have to read anything at the job fair?
I hope this clears things up!

More Tips

For some positive tips on making the most of out a career fair, you may also want to review the following sites: This article was meant to be tongue in cheek and not to offend anyone. That having been said, if you are guilty of any of the preceding: Don’t do it again! Good luck on your job search.

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