Rochester NY Stake Employment Center

December 3, 2011

Job Fair Etiquette

Filed under: Job Fairs — Larry @ 9:42 am

Job Fairs are a useful and convenient way for you as the job seeker to meet with representatives of a number of companies in one day. Use them to expand your network of contacts, and to meet with personnel who might be difficult to locate or meet with otherwise. Also, remember that the companies participating in the job fairs probably have current opening, or else they wouldn’t invest time and money in the job fair.

That being said, you want to make the best of these opportunities. Marissa Bushman, in her article “Job Fair Etiquette” at gives a few useful tips on what to do, and what not to do, to ensure a successful experience at a job fair.


April 23, 2011

Maximize Your Job Fair Experience

Filed under: Job Fairs — Larry @ 8:53 am

Have you been searching long and hard for a job, only to keep hitting roadblocks when you try to make contact with companies in your community? If so, it’s time to start utilizing another great job searching resource – the career fair. Career fairs are great places to get your foot in the door. These events provide job seekers with important face time with dozens of companies that are actively looking for candidates, and do so all in one place. Making your mark at a career fair doesn’t happen just by showing up. A successful career fair experience takes planning, preparation and the confidence to sell yourself. If you want to use this resource to help jump start your search, follow these tips before, during and after the fair.

Before the Fair – It All Comes Down to Homework

  • Get a guest list. Your first step is to find out which companies will be participating. You can do this by contacting the career fair organizers or by doing your own research. Many career fairs have Web sites that list participating companies or list the companies on brochures and other advertising materials. Once you have the list, highlight several companies that are of interest to you.
  • Do your research. Research the companies that will be attending the fair. Look at their Web sites, read their press releases, and search your local newspaper for stories. Look for recent acquisitions that indicate that the company is growing, new products that have been introduced, or any other business news that gives you an idea of where the company is headed and how you can play a role.
  • Put your tools together. Once again, it’s time to dust off your resume and make sure it is in tip top condition. Make sure it is current and that it sends a clear, concise picture of who you are and what you have to offer. Double check for spelling and grammatical errors and make sure your contact information is correct.
  • Practice, practice, practice. Get together with a friend or family member and practice answering typical interview questions such as "Tell me about yourself," or "What kind of position are you looking for?" Additionally, develop a list of questions you want to ask each company. One of the best ways to look prepared and professional is showing up with thoughtful, intelligent questions.

During the Fair – Put On Your Best Show

  • Dress the part. When you go to the career fair, you will undoubtedly see people walking around in jeans and t-shirts. Don’t be one of those people. A career fair is your chance to make a good first impression with a potential new employer. Wear a conservative business suit, make sure you look well groomed, and carry your materials in a professional folder or portfolio.
  • Don’t forget your ammo. You spent all that time making sure your resume was ready to go, so don’t blow your chances by forgetting to bring it. Bring many copies printed out on professional resume paper, as well as a few copies of your references list. Be prepared to hand these out many times throughout the day.
  • Be confident and proactive. A career fair is no place to be shy and demure. The best way to make a lasting impression is by being aggressive. Approach the companies that interest you, make eye contact and introduce yourself with a firm handshake. Take the initiative and tell them about yourself and why you are interested in their company. Answer questions succinctly, with solid examples of your strengths and qualifications. Ask your prepared questions and listen intently to the answers. Tie in what you know about their company from your research to the type of job you are seeking.
  • Ask for information. Whatever you do, don?t leave a company booth without getting a business card and company brochure. This might be the only opportunity you have to meet with the hiring manager face to face and you will want his or her contact information later.

After the Fair – Close the Deal

  • Follow up. Just like a job interview, it is important to follow up after a career fair. Using the business cards you collected, write letters to key company representatives. Thank them for taking the time to speak with you, reiterate your strengths, and let them know that you will call them to follow up in a couple of days. Then, be true to your word and call. Just make sure you don?t waste the opportunity you had at the career fair. Your due diligence afterwards can be as important as your preparation.

From MONROE COUNTY DHS Weekly Employment Bulletin – 31Jan2011

April 11, 2011

Job Fair 19 April 2011

Filed under: Job Fairs — Larry @ 8:47 am

job fair poster 4-19-11

February 20, 2010

How to Work a Job Fair

Filed under: Interviewing, Job Fairs — Larry @ 8:47 am

Before the Job Fair:
– Research the organizations that might be of interest to you.
– Be prepared to ask questions of the representatives (but not questions like “How much time off do I get?”). Practice out loud – it helps!
– Know yourself and your strengths!
– Try to identify specific experiences where you have demonstrated your strengths.
– Know why you want to work for their organization. If you don’t know, they won’t either.

During the Job Fair:
– Make an outstanding first impression.
– Dress appropriately and neatly.
– Make eye contact immediately when introducing yourself (and smile).
– Give a firm handshake to get you off to a good start. Speak clearly and with confidence.
– Remember the representative’s name (if you forget, refer to their name tag).
– Be polite and show enthusiasm.
– Remember to watch your body language: Don’t fidget or chew gum.
– Listen carefully to what the representative has to say.
– Offer your resumé.
– Ask for a business card or write the representative’s name down. It’s okay to ask what the hiring procedure is.
– Take the initiative and engage in meaningful conversations with the representatives.

After the Job Fair:
– Mail a legible handwritten ‘thank you’ letter to the representatives you spoke with!
– You can send an initial or additional resumé in your thank you letter; point out your strengths.

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