Making the most of the fair
Where to find information
- In advance of the fair, regularly check the Exhibitor A-Z list for both days of the fair (as there are different exhibitors each day) for the latest updates.
- The printed Fair Guides contain final details of all exhibitors and their vacancies and there are separate guides for each day. They are available free at the fair from 9am each day.
- Phone our Careers Service on 0161 275 2829 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have specific questions.
'Prepare for the Fair' seminars
If you are in Manchester, come to one of our free 30-minute sessions, designed to help you get the most out of the fair.
They will both be held at Lecture Theatre 1, (B10) Manchester Business School East, at the junction of Booth Street East and Oxford Road, on:
- Thursday 6 June, 1pm
- Monday 10 June, 1pm
No need to sign up in advance - just come along.
To do before the fair
- Check out the Exhibitor lists for both days to find out who will be there each day. Each exhibitor entry will include a brief company profile, their vacancies and the degree disciplines which you need to be eligible to apply.
- Check out individual exhibitors' websites, for those you are most interested in applying to.
- Rehearse your selling points, so that you can impress in a short time.
- Some exhibitors will be keen to collect a completed application from you, so prepare multiple copies of your CV in advance to give in on the day. A photocopier will be available at the fair if you need it. Some employers will want you to complete their own form or apply on line. Their entry on the A-Z list of exhibitors on this website will indicate this.
- Have a few simple questions prepared in advance to help introduce yourself to the employers and to prove your interest in their company.
- Save time on the day by registering in advance online and bringing the emailed ticket with you to the fair.
Tips for the fair
- Dress smartly as for an interview. First impressions count.
- Some company representatives may assess you quite quickly and just ask you for your CV to consider you in more detail later, or may ask you to fill in their application form online. In other cases, your discussion with them may be longer and more like a short first interview. Be prepared to be flexible.
- After you have talked to the company's representative, make sure you know what the next stage is. If you are offered a second interview by someone, make a note of their name.
- Take a break. Light refreshments are on sale, at the Armitage Centre.
A few short talks will take place during the two days on applications, interviews and job hunting. Pop in if you have half an hour to spare. Check the timings of the talks in the Fair Guide on the day.