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1 Slide Number: 1 Produced by Virginia Cox, Ph.D., West Virginia University Edited by Julie Levitt Getting the MOST from Job Fairs! Getting the MOST from Job Fairs!

2 Slide Number: 2 “A sense of purpose generates action and movement in the direction of dreams and goals. Set your sights on what you want in your career and then make it happen. Now, what are you waiting for?” ~~Joan C. Borgatti

3 Slide Number: 3 What is a Job Fair? A job fair (or career fair) is typically a one-day event sponsored by schools and employers. The purpose is to provide opportunities for employers to meet with job seekers to explore job matches. These fairs are offered in campus or community facilities. Online job fairs are also available.

4 Slide Number: 4 Job Fairs: Big Benefits for YOU!  Explore opportunities for internships, co-ops, and jobs  Practice interview and job search communication skills  Distribute resumes to many prospective employers  Meet many recruiters from different organizations in one, convenient setting  Receive company information and business cards of contacts

5 Slide Number: 5 What to Expect  Students/job seekers register (find main table—you’ll be given a packet of information)  Recruiters are typically located at numbered tables; students/job seekers walk around to talk with recruiters  Recruiters differ in style. Some are talkative; others are quiet and businesslike; they vary in age—you will most likely encounter all!

6 Slide Number: 6 Before the Job Fair skills, experiences, qualifications, and interests  Target yourself to the job. Identify how your skills, experiences, qualifications, and interests match jobs  Prioritize the list of employers that interest you. A list is typically available before hand.  Know why you want to work for an employer so you can explain it clearly. (Research employers beforehand.)  Possibly volunteer to help with the job fair (contact your Career Services Center) it is a good networking opportunity.

7 Slide Number: 7 Preparing for Job Fair resume 1.Prepare your resume. self-commercial 2.Prepare your self-commercial (30 to 60 seconds). Include your name, major, class status, how your skills would benefit the employer, your experience and other pertinent information.

8 Slide Number: 8 Preparing (Continued) 3.Practice presenting your commercial with friends and acquaintances. – Walk with confidence – Speak confidently, clearly, and slowly. – Develop a firm (but not gripping) handshake. – Be aware of facial expressions: smile, be friendly and show interest.

9 Slide Number: 9 Preparing (Continued) 4.Take a portfolio, extra copies of your resume, and a list of references 5.Research companies on the Internet or in your Career Center

10 Slide Number: 10 Dress for Success Men: Men: dark suits/sports coat and nice slacks, polished shoes, dark socks, groomed hair, clean shave, clean hands, appropriate tie Women: Women: neutral or dark suit (knee length skirt), proper stockings, polished shoes, well groomed, not too much perfume, makeup or overdone hair

11 Slide Number: 11 Special Tips  Practice excellent oral hygiene  Remove all face jewelry, (one pair of earrings per ear), and keep all jewelry to a minimum–one ring per hand  Cover-up tattoos

12 Slide Number: 12 When You Arrive 1.Take your time: arrive early! 2.Check in, then target the areas on your floor plan to see who is there and where they are located.

13 Slide Number: 13 At the Job Fair 1.Manage time well. 2.Meet first with recruiters who are not at the top of your target for employment (practice with them before approaching your top targets). 3.Watch time, and save enough for your top targets.

14 Slide Number: 14 At the Job Fair (Continued) At the Job Fair (Continued) 4.Introduce yourself professionally. 5.Find out what opportunities exist for someone with your credentials and skills. 6.Ask what entry-level positions exist. 7.Smile! Be polite, and use good manners.

15 Slide Number: 15 Focus!  Sell yourself through an enthusiastic, energetic presentation.  Demonstrate confidence and competence through attire, posture, body language, and preparation.  Listen carefully.  Distribute your resume.  Sell yourself through an enthusiastic, energetic presentation.  Demonstrate confidence and competence through attire, posture, body language, and preparation.  Listen carefully.  Distribute your resume.

16 Slide Number: 16 Ask Questions of Recruiters Well-prepared questions make a good impression:  Please tell me about your organization (if you haven’t researched it).  What majors and experiences are of most interest to you?  Can you please tell me about career opportunities, including internships, summer jobs, and full-time positions?  Do you provide any specialized training? Well-prepared questions make a good impression:  Please tell me about your organization (if you haven’t researched it).  What majors and experiences are of most interest to you?  Can you please tell me about career opportunities, including internships, summer jobs, and full-time positions?  Do you provide any specialized training?

17 Slide Number: 17 Pick Up Cards & Literature 1.Always ask for business cards of recruiters representing your target employers. 2.After talking with them, write notes you want to remember on the back of the cards. 3.Collect all literature from your target employers to enhance your knowledge.

18 Slide Number: 18 Take Notes! Take Notes! Take a notepad, and record important follow up, such as to: Send additional information to a recruiter or other contact Calendar follow up meetings Make follow-up phone calls Other Take a notepad, and record important follow up, such as to: Send additional information to a recruiter or other contact Calendar follow up meetings Make follow-up phone calls Other

19 Slide Number: 19 After the Job Fair: Thank-You Notes 1.Send thank-you notes to those you meet with; use their business cards for correct spellings, titles, etc. 2.Your thank you can be by e- mail, or snail mail and can be hand written (if clear) or word processed. 3.Send the thank you within hours after the job fair. 4.Refer to the location and date of the job fair.

20 Slide Number: 20 How to Follow Up immediately  If a recruiter asks you to follow up, do so, immediately, and send all documents you were asked to provide.  Mention your discussions at the job fair, your qualifications, and your interest in the organization.  If you have additional information for the employer, be sure to mention it in the follow up communication.

21 Slide Number: 21 Learn From the Experience 1.Did you have a positive or negative experience? 2.What can you learn from negative experiences? 3.Did the preliminary research on employers help you? 4.Were you asked difficult questions for which you were not prepared? If so, write them down, and prepare more thoroughly for the next fair.

22 Slide Number: 22 Learn From the Experience (Continued) 5.Were you able to articulate your plans or your career goals clearly? 6.Were your documents prepared well? 7.Were you dressed professionally? 8.How was your self-presentation (i.e., commercial) received? 9.Have you followed up on all prospects? 10.What would you change for future career and job fairs?

23 Slide Number: 23 What Else Can You Do? What Else Can You Do? 1.Attend career and job fairs at other locations 2.Use keywords to search for online job fairs, such as: –Nonprofit job and career fairs –Online job fair –Job and career fairs, (name your career interest) 3.Bookmark web sites that are most useful for your career targets

24 Slide Number: 24 “I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my own ship.” ~ L.M. Alcott In conclusion—a thought for you:


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