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Carpe Diem: An Industry Trade Show

by Ashley Collins, Education and Marketing Manager, AgCareers.com

An industry trade show can be a gold mine of job opportunities for a job seeker, however the approach you use to mine those opportunities is different than a traditional career fair.

More and more students are being given the opportunity to attend industry events and/or tradeshows within their educational discipline.

Some event organizers have recognized that these events create career connections and thus have begun offering specific areas or activities for networking and/or interviewing to take place. Whether the event you attend has sanctioned student activities to interact with employers or not, you should still take advantage of the show floor to build your professional network.

Often, only larger companies have the budget or volume of openings to participate in a student event, so walking the aisles may be your only chance to learn about other openings and/or smaller employers.

The following tips are helpful to keep in mind if you have an upcoming industry event in your future.

Just as with a career fair, it will be important that you do your homework ahead of time so you know who will be there and with whom you want to speak. Look for companies that make a product with which you are familiar. You will want to be able to ask questions and carry on a conversation with some background knowledge.

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