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Fast Track Your Career at a Fed Job Fair

Fast Track Your Career at a Fed Job Fair

Job Seekers waiting in line to speak with the Department of Homeland Security about current openings. (Photo: GovCentral)

Chris McConnell | GovCentral

September 14, 2009

Here are a few tips Monster has passed along to Fast Track Your Career at a Fed Job Fair:

Refresh your resume and make copies

Having an update to date resume is important obviously. Try your best to keep it under one-page. Read our Federal KSA Writing Guide for tips on how to prepare your KSA for a federal application.

Dress professionally

With such little time to make an impression towards a potential employer, it is important you look your best. For Men: Sport jacket with shirt and tie. For Women: knee-length skirt and appropriate top. Most public servants and government employees dress in professional clothes every day. If you don’t have a suit at home, there may be services in your area that can provide a suit for you:

Prepare your elevator speech

What makes you, well YOU! This isn’t an easy question to ask as you may be shy about highlighting your achievements. You may even be embarrassed or think you’re foolish to talk about previous workplace success if you searching for a new career. With All of this is ballyhoo. Having a strong pitch demonstrates that you are comfortable in who you are what value you can provide a company. As important as it is to understand your strengths, it’s equally important to be aware of your weaknesses. Here’s a quick way to break this down. It’ll take you 10 minutes tops:

  1. Grab a sheet of paper
  2. Title it with the position you are interested in
  3. Fold/draw a line in the middle.
  4. On the left side, write down what you think are your strengths or previous experience for the job in question.
  5. On the right side, write down the tasks, skills that may not be your strength, or are things that don’t appeal to you about this position.

Once you have this done, practice what you are going to say. The more comfortable you are, the more confident you will become.

Smile — wear your positive attitude

Being positive is all that matters. According to, happy people have less anxiety and depression. provides tools to help you track your happiness and increase your resiliency. Having a positive outlook can give you a leg up on the competition.

Bring a pad of paper and take notes

If you attend a Keep America Working event, Monster has career guides available to give tips to help you shine. But it’s always important to be able to jot down notes, names, emails, and phone numbers of the people you met while at a career fair.