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Job Fair Preparation

  1. 1. Job Fair Preparation How to make a Job Fair work for you….
  2. 2. What’s your goal?  Are you interested in finding out about a particular career field? Then ask generalized questions about working in the industry.  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.
  3. 3. Employers Expect you to:  Know what type of job you are looking for  Dress professionally  Bring copies of your resume  Know the company, that you’ve done your “homework”  Be interested in their company/opportunities  Ask questions  Not just grab the free stuff  Shake hands and make eye contact  Communicate well  Bring something to take notes on  Treat the conversation like a job interview  Apply online ahead of time when possible http://www.careerspots.com/vidplay_links_ext.aspx?aid =473&partid=0&vidnum=-1&vidtitle=-1&
  4. 4. Top 3 Things Employers Typically Discuss at Job Fairs 1. Company benefits 2. Information on current job openings 3. General information about the company
  5. 5. 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!
  6. 6. 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&
  7. 7. 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?
  8. 8. 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!
  9. 9. 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
  10. 10. In order to maximize your job fair experience, you must be an active participant and not just a browser.
  11. 11. During the job fair…  Make eye contact immediately when introducing yourself  Listen carefully to what the HR reps have to say. Don’t interrupt  Show confidence in your voice  Your resume should be easily accessible  Don’t just “drop and run”.  Keep you eyes and ears open, you never know when an opportunity will arise  Don’t chew gum or smoke  Obtain a floor plan before entering the room  Network alone, not in groups  Respect the privacy of others who are networking  Ask questions about the company to maximize your time  Take a few minutes to jot down notes about the HR rep and companies to help you remember later
  12. 12. 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
  13. 13. 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?
  14. 14. 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.
  15. 15. 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.
  16. 16. 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
  17. 17. 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!
  18. 18. 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

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