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Job Fair Etiquette

  1. 1. Job Fair Etiquette How to make a Job Fair work for you….
  2. 2. Employer Expectations (Biggest things to avoid during a Job Fair) <ul><li>Lack of focus and not knowing what type of job you’re looking for </li></ul><ul><li>Not dressing professionally </li></ul><ul><li>Not bringing resumes </li></ul><ul><li>Lacking knowledge of the company </li></ul><ul><li>Lacking interest in the company and/or position </li></ul><ul><li>Asking about salary </li></ul><ul><li>Not asking any questions of the HR reps </li></ul><ul><li>Only grabbing free stuff </li></ul><ul><li>Not making eye contact </li></ul><ul><li>Lacking communication skills </li></ul><ul><li>Not willing to relocate </li></ul><ul><li>Not bringing anything to write on </li></ul><ul><li>Giving a weak handshake </li></ul><ul><li>Not taking the time to fill out the application while you’re there </li></ul>
  3. 3. Top 3 Things Employers Typically Discuss at Job Fairs <ul><li>Company benefits </li></ul><ul><li>Information on current job openings </li></ul><ul><li>General information about the company </li></ul>
  4. 4. How to Prepare for a Job Fair <ul><li>Create a list of employer’s you’d like to meet with at the job fair. </li></ul><ul><li>Know why you want to work for the company (if you don’t know they won’t either) </li></ul><ul><li>Prepare a “one-minute commercial” as a way to sell yourself to an employer. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Preparation, Enthusiasm and Energy will get you noticed! </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. What should be included in your “one-minute commercial?” <ul><li>This is a great way to introduce yourself </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Your name </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Your career status (job searching/finishing training) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The goal is to connect your background to the company’s need </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What type of position you are seeking </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What field you would like to be employed in </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Why you chose their company </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Things to keep handy… <ul><li>Plenty of fresh resumes </li></ul><ul><li>Pens or pencils </li></ul><ul><li>Folder or portfolio </li></ul><ul><li>Paper for taking notes </li></ul>
  7. 7. How should you dress? <ul><li>Clean ironed clothes </li></ul><ul><li>Casual to business casual </li></ul><ul><li>Shirt tucked in </li></ul><ul><li>Conservative colors (keep attention on you, not your clothes) </li></ul><ul><li>Be sure hair and nails are well groomed </li></ul><ul><li>Keep jewelry simple (if it makes noise, take it off) </li></ul>
  8. 8. Job Fair Etiquette <ul><li>If you have a real interest in an employer, find out the procedures to secure an interview </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t interrupt the HR reps or fellow job seekers </li></ul><ul><li>Sincerity always wins! </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t just drop your resume on employers’ display tables </li></ul><ul><li>Keep your eyes and ears open (you never know where an opportunity will arise) </li></ul>
  9. 9. In order to maximize your job fair experience, you must be an active participant and not just a browser.
  10. 10. During the job fair… <ul><li>Make eye contact immediately when introducing yourself </li></ul><ul><li>Start every conversation with your best etiquette (a firm handshake, eye contact, a smile and your “one-minute commercial” </li></ul><ul><li>Listen carefully to what the HR reps have to say </li></ul><ul><li>Show confidence in your voice </li></ul><ul><li>Your resume should be easily accessible </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t chew gum or smoke </li></ul><ul><li>Obtain a floor plan before entering the room </li></ul><ul><li>Network alone, not in groups </li></ul><ul><li>Respect the privacy of others who are networking </li></ul><ul><li>Ask questions about the company to maximize your time </li></ul><ul><li>Take a few minutes to jot down notes about the HR rep and companies to help you remember later </li></ul>
  11. 11. During the job fair (cont)… <ul><li>Obtain a business card from each HR rep that you speak to </li></ul><ul><ul><li>This information can be very useful for follow-up </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Before leaving the fair, revisit your top few companies to make a lasting impression </li></ul>
  12. 12. After the job fair… <ul><li>Following up with HR reps after the fair is something that is often overlooked, and yet is seen as polite and courteous to most employers. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Letters should be sent no more than 24 hours after the fair. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Write a thank you to each HR rep that you spoke to </li></ul>
  13. 13. What to include in a Thank You <ul><li>Confirm your interest and enthusiasm for the company </li></ul><ul><li>Highlight your skills and abilities that you feel would most benefit the company </li></ul><ul><li>Inquire about the next step in the selection process </li></ul><ul><li>Include your contact information </li></ul><ul><li>Follow up within a few weeks by calling or emailing to see if you can meet with them again </li></ul>
  14. 14. What are you there for? <ul><li>Are you interested in finding out about a particular career field? Then ask generalized questions about working in the industry. </li></ul><ul><li>Are you seeking career opportunities with a specific employer? Then focus your questions on the application and interview process, and ask for specific information about the employer. </li></ul>Questions you ask depend upon your goals…
  15. 15. Sample questions… <ul><li>What type of entry level positions exist within your company? </li></ul><ul><li>What qualities are you looking for in a prospective employee? </li></ul><ul><li>What do you feel are the future trends in this industry? </li></ul><ul><li>Where do you see this company in 5 years? 10 years? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you have plans for expansion? </li></ul><ul><li>How would you describe the working environment within the company? </li></ul>
  16. 16. Final thoughts… <ul><li>It is your responsibility to approach employers and initiate a conversation. </li></ul><ul><li>You will get out of a job fair exactly what you put into it. </li></ul><ul><li>Be assertive and positive! </li></ul>