David Nicol, Co-Founder, Career Fair Plus
Do you dread assigning your employers a table at your Career Fair? Do you worry about leaving someone out or not putting them in the right place? What about making changes at the last minute? And after all that… will your attendees know how to use it?
We see several hundred floor plans and table assignments at Career Fair Plus each year. Here are some of our favorite ways to keep it all straight and make it work for students.
- Plan for for overflow
The last thing you want to be doing right before your event is moving tables around. Plan your table layout to use the space you have and allow for some extra tables in case you have last-minute sign ups. That way you don’t have to squeeze in extra tables on the map or shift them around at the last minute.
- Number your tables logically
Many layouts have rows in the middle and a perimeter of tables on the outside. Try to keep consecutive numbers as close as possible to each other. This will help you understand who might be next to each other at the planning stage and help your students find each booth.
- Use a spreadsheet to assign booths
When it’s time to assign booths, start with your list of registered employers in a spreadsheet. Typically, you already have a list of employers in your registration system, so the best thing to do is create a new column for your booths and assign them directly in the spreadsheet. We have seen countless errors crop up when people try to assign the booths using a list that is not based on their registration data. The most common mistakes we see are typos, missing companies, and duplicate companies and these can cause a lot of frustration and confusion right before the big event.
We believe that if you follow these three guidelines, you will have a more successful and satisfying career fair with significantly less frustration for both you and your attendees. I hope you found this useful and invite you to check out Career Fair Plus (www.careerfairplus.com). We give you the power to put all of the necessary career fair information directly in the hands of your students.