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    Job Fair Preparation Job Fair Preparation Presentation Transcript

    • Job Fair Preparation How to make a Job Fair work for you….
    • What’s your goal?  Are you interested  Are you seeking in finding out career opportunities about a particular with a specific career field? Then employer? Then focus your questions ask generalized on the application questions about and interview working in the process, and ask for industry. specific information about the employer.
    • Employers Expect you to:  Know what type of job  Not just grab the free you are looking for stuff  Dress professionally  Shake hands and make  Bring copies of your eye contact resume  Communicate well  Know the company, that  Bring something to take you’ve done your notes on “homework”  Treat the conversation  Be interested in their like a job interview company/opportunities  Apply online ahead of  Ask questions time when possible http://www.careerspots.com/vidplay_links_ext.aspx?aid =473&partid=0&vidnum=-1&vidtitle=-1&
    • Top 3 Things Employers Typically Discuss at Job Fairs 1. Company benefits 2. Information on current job openings 3. General information about the company
    • How to Prepare for a Job Fair  Create a list of employers you’d like to meet with at the job fair.  Do your homework. Research the company.  Know why you want to work for the company (if you don’t know they won’t either)  Prepare a “30 Second Commercial” as a way to sell yourself to an employer. – Preparation, Enthusiasm and Energy will get you noticed!
    • What should be included in your “30 Second Commercial?”  This is a great way to introduce yourself – Your name – Your career status (job searching/finishing training)  The goal is to connect your background to the company’s need – What type of position you are seeking – What field you would like to be employed in – Why you chose their company http://www.careerspots.com/vidplay_links_ext.aspx?aid=473&partid=0&vidnum=-1&vidtitle=-1&
    • 30 Second Commercial - Example Hello, my name is SUSAN FISCHER. I am looking for a full-time job as a PROGRAM MANAGER IN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE FIELD. I have OVER 10 YEARS experience WORKING IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND MENTALHEALTH. I am PASSIONATE ABOUT WORKING WITH OFFENDERS, and am STRONG WITH BOTH PEOPLE AND PROCESSES. I PRIDE MYSELF ON MY HOLISTIC APPROACH TO CASE MANAGEMENT, AND MY ABILITY TO QUICKLY DEVELOP RAPPORT DUE TO THE GENUINE INTEREST I TAKE IN PEOPLE. MY CLIENTS HAVE EXCEEDED THE EXPECTATIONS OF OTHERS. ADDITIONALLY, I EXCEL IN LEADERHIP, CAN IDENTIFY AND SOLVE PROBLEMS, THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX, AND MEET AND EXCEED EXPECTIONS AND GOALS. How could this be an asset to XYZ Company?
    • Things to keep handy…  Plenty of fresh resumes  Pens or pencils  Folder or portfolio  Paper for taking notes  Your planner to set up a follow up appointment Be organized!
    • How should you dress?  Clean, ironed clothes  Business casual to dressy  Shirt tucked in  Conservative colors (keep attention on you, not your clothes)  Be sure hair and nails are well groomed  Keep jewelry simple (if it makes noise, take it off)  Take a look at your shoes: should be clean and polished  Perfume and cologne should be light or avoided
    • In order to maximize your job fair experience, you must be an active participant and not just a browser.
    • During the job fair…  Make eye contact  Don’t chew gum or smoke immediately when introducing  Obtain a floor plan before yourself entering the room  Listen carefully to what the  Network alone, not in groups HR reps have to say. Don’t interrupt  Respect the privacy of others who are networking  Show confidence in your voice  Ask questions about the company to maximize your  Your resume should be easily time accessible  Take a few minutes to jot  Don’t just “drop and run”. down notes about the HR  Keep you eyes and ears rep and companies to help open, you never know when you remember later an opportunity will arise
    • During the job fair (cont)…  Obtain a business card from each HR rep that you speak to – This information can be very useful for follow-up  Before leaving the fair, revisit your top few companies to make a lasting impression  If you have a real interest in an employer, find out the procedures to secure an interview
    • What to ask employers  What type of entry level positions exist within your company?  What qualities are you looking for in a prospective employee?  What do you feel are the future trends in this industry?  Where do you see this company in 5 years? 10 years?  Do you have plans for expansion?  How would you describe the working environment within the company?
    • What not to ask employers  What can you do for me?  How much do you pay?  What does your company do?  Do not ask questions that are clearly answered on the employer's web site and/or in any literature provided by the employer to you in advance.
    • After the job fair…  Show courtesy and follow up right away! (within 24 hours)  Write a thank you (handwritten or email) to each HR Representative with whom you spoke.
    • What to Include in a Thank You  Confirm your interest and enthusiasm for the company  Highlight your skills and abilities that meet the company’s needs  Inquire about the next step in the selection process  Include your contact information  Follow up in 1-2 weeks by calling or emailing to see if you can meet with them again
    • Final thoughts…  It is your responsibility to approach employers and initiate a conversation.  You will get out of a job fair exactly what you put into it.  Be assertive and positive!
    • Autumn Recruitment Fair Friday, October 29th, 2010 Waukesha County Technical College (Service Building, Gymnasium) 12:00-3:00 p.m. http://www.wfdc.org/job/jobfairs.htm