Acing the job fair: Without coming off like a used car salesman


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Going to a job fair can be overwhelming at best. By creating a plan before you ever step through the doors to the fair, you can increase your chances of not only doing a great job but you could very well land a great job in the process!

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  • You’ve made the decision to go to the job fair and you need to be prepared to make a great impression.
  • Why are you going? Job or internship search? Making contacts at a company? Other reasons?
  • Job fairs offer a great opportunity to network with a potential employer
  • You’re pitching a product…you…at a job fair. Know your product!
  • Be smart about how you stand out. There are good ways to stand out…
  • And definitely NOT good ways to stand out.
  • Acing the job fair: Without coming off like a used car salesman

    1. 1. How to Ace a Job FairWithout coming off like a used car salesman!<br />Jennifer Fisher<br />Graduate Retention Program Manager<br />Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce<br />
    2. 2. Walk away with an understanding of good and bad networking skills<br />Be prepared before you walk through the door!<br />What not to wear<br />Now what? How to handle following up even if you’re not interested<br />
    3. 3. So where do we begin?<br />
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    6. 6. So why is this important?<br />
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    11. 11. Know who’s going to be at the job fair!<br />Are they hiring? <br />What industry are they in?<br />What do you have to offer them?<br />
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    16. 16. Create your introduction<br />Hi my name is __________________________<br />I’m a student at ____________________, studying __________________. I’m currently in my ____________ year.<br />What do you do for _____________? How long have you been there? Do you like what you do? Are you currently doing any hiring or do you anticipate any in the near future?<br />
    17. 17. Have your resume up to date.<br />If you are interested in a position, research it and create a resume specific to it.<br />Print on nice paper (not plain white copy paper).<br />Make more than you think you’ll need.<br />Carry them in a nice padfolio.<br />
    18. 18. START WITH THE BASICS<br />
    19. 19. ABC’s of Image<br />Appearance<br />Wardrobe<br />clothing<br /> accessories<br />Grooming<br />hair<br />skin<br />nails makeup<br /> fragrance<br /> breath<br />(don’t chew gum)<br />
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    21. 21. ABC’s of Image<br />Behavior<br />Etiquette<br />Phone/email<br />Manners<br />Introductions<br />Handshakes<br />Civility<br />Respectful behavior<br />Consideration of others<br />Attitude<br />Positive attitude<br />Self-confidence <br />Self-esteem<br />
    22. 22. ABC’s of Image<br />Communication<br />Verbal<br />Speaking skills (avoid “Like” and “Um”)<br />Grammar<br />Vocabulary<br />Presentation skills<br />Nonverbal<br />Posture<br />Gestures<br />Eye contact<br />Facial expressions<br />Listening skills<br />Written<br />Language<br />Grammar<br />Professionalism<br />
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    24. 24. Be a rock star in a business suit!<br />
    25. 25. First Impressions<br />How long does it take to make an impression?<br />Within thirty secondspeople judge: <br />economic level<br />educational level<br />social position<br />level of sophistication<br />ability to success<br />By four minutesmost have made decisions about:trustworthiness<br />compassion<br />reliability<br />Intelligence<br />Capability<br />Humility<br />Friendliness<br />confidence<br />
    26. 26. Be a SUPER candidate<br />
    27. 27. Not this guy!<br />
    28. 28. It all starts with a <br />great smile and a <br />firm handshake!<br />
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    34. 34. Ask questions.<br />Listen.<br />Be interested.<br />Answer questions.<br />Don’t take all their time.<br />Thank them.<br />
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    37. 37. How (NOT) to Work a Room<br />Try to avoid coming off as aggressive <br />Avoid getting into specifics about the salary and benefits you want<br />You’ll want to leave an impression, just make sure it’s a good one!<br />Don’t get distracted<br />
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    40. 40. Follow Up After the Event<br /><ul><li> Thank you letters and notes
    41. 41. “It was a pleasure speaking with you at the IPFW Career Fair yesterday. I enjoyed learning more about your company and the many opportunities available there. I welcome the opportunity to meet with you again to discuss my qualifications for your open positions. Thank you again for your time.”
    42. 42. “It was a pleasure speaking with you at the IPFW Career Fairyesterday. I enjoyed learning more about your company and the many opportunities available there. Although I am not seeking an internship/job at this time, I would be very interested in re-connecting with you next fall to discuss positions available within your organization. I feel that I possess the skills and attitude to be a positive addition to your staff. Thank you again for taking the time to speak with me.”</li></li></ul><li>Practice makes perfect!!!<br />
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    44. 44. You can’t win the lottery, if you don’t buy a ticket!<br />
    45. 45. Questions<br />
    46. 46. Thank You!!!<br />Jennifer Fisher, Program Manager<br /><br />Graduate Retention Program<br />Twitter:Jenfisherfw<br />Blog:<br /><br />