I’m going to a job fair today. I had promised myself, this time last year, that I would have a job by this time. That I wouldn’t be like my friend S. who came to the public interest job fair at my school, looking sad and dejected.
Well, I’m going to the job fair. I was wrong. But guess what? S. found a job at the fair. Because she was one of the only attorneys there, and there were a few places hiring. So…I’m suiting up. And printing some resumes. On the fancy paper. That’s right.
Job fairs can be a professionalism landmine and nightmare. I will navigate this by doing/not doing the following:
- I will be upbeat. This is not hard – it’s 57 degrees outside! And SUNNY!!!!
- I will be confident about my skills and abilities.
- I will NOT be self-deprecating, even if it makes people laugh.
- I will NOT bitch about the horrible economy and blame that entirely.
- I will talk to everyone there about what opportunities they offer and what I can or should be doing to improve my chances of getting hired by their organization or a similar one.
- I will ask people if they might be willing to have coffee or lunch with me sometime to talk more about the market/their profession/their organization.