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What should you bring to a job fair?

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When attending a job fair, a job seeker should bring copies of his or her resume, business cards, pen and paper, and a portfolio if relevant for the field. A professional bag or briefcase helps to keep those items organized.

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What should you bring to a job fair?
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Before heading to a job fair, review the fair's details. Descriptions usually include what to bring and what to leave at home; for example, some fairs request that candidates not bring portfolios. Others may want candidates to apply with companies online ahead of time instead of handing out paper copies of resumes. Having plenty of copies of a resume is always a good idea even if the participating companies prefer online applications; this way, a resume is on hand if a company representative does ask for one.

Business cards printed with name and contact information are a quick way to connect with potential employers. A company representative is likely to accept a business card even if he prefers not to take resumes.

An effective portfolio shows a potential employer the job seeker's skills in the field. Teaching and creative fields work well with the portfolio approach. Making a scaled-down version of a portfolio specifically for a job fair makes it a bit less bulky and easier to carry around the job fair.

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