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Ask the Experts – Job Fair Tips

Job fairs have become an increasingly popular way for employers to promote vacancies and reach a high number of candidates in a short period of time. You may think that you’ll stop by one of these events just to see if anything interests you, but that’s not what our experts say. We asked our Employment Services staff their job fair tips and the response was unanimous. Be prepared.

“Take a small notebook or clipboard and a pen and write down the names of people (and their businesses/ organizations) you talk to.  Ask for business cards and make notes about how each person fits into your job search.”

“Look and act the part of being the perfect candidate. Your new job may be waiting there for you.”

“Don’t bring a coffee or other beverages in to the job fair.  It’s hard to shake someone’s hand when you’re holding a Timmie’s.  And also, you won’t have that unpleasant “coffee breath”.  Grab your coffee when you leave.”

Beth – Job Coach

“Review your resume before you go. Ask someone you trust to review it and provide honest feedback.”

“Shake hands. Provide a handshake that is not too firm, but also not weak. Make eye contact when shaking hands and speaking to people.”

Ellie – Employment Consultant

“Dress to impress.”

“SMILE!”

“Be ready to be interviewed on the spot”

Amanda – SJS Coordinator/Employment Consultant

 “Treat the gatekeeper well. When you greet the receptionist or person taking the resume with a smile, your impression will soon be passed on to the hiring manager.  Same thing goes if you are grumpy, so keep a smile on your face and introduce yourself.”

Sandy – Job Developer

Make sure sure you bring copies of your resume and/or cover letters to the job day fair.  You never know, an employer could ask to see them.

Gabe – Program Leader

If you are looking for help with your job search, resume or interview skills give one of our programs a call

Employment Connections: 519-326-8629

Employment Edge (for person’s with self-identified disabilities): 519-733-5784

What is job development?

You may have heard this term before, but like a lot of people, you may not know what it means.  A job developer is a human resources and marketing specialist.  A job developer creates job opportunities for  job seekers by helping employers determine their hiring need.  Oftentimes, people focus on what job developers can do for job seekers, but the SECC Job Developers also work with employers and businesses to assess their human resource needs and ensure that they get motivated, reliable and dependable candidates for the positions they need to fill.  By working with our job developers, employers have immediate access to a pool of job-ready job seekers as prospects for potential hires.   Registering your business with SECC’s Employment & Training Services will enable you to post jobs through our online Job Alerts, as well as on the internal Job Board and agency website,  in a quick and efficient manner so as to widen the range of exposure to the job posting.  Because the Job Developers are part of a wider team of Employment Consultants and Job Coaches, we work together to pre-screen job seekers for you to ensure you get suitable candidates, thus cutting cut down on the time-consuming process of hiring.  If you need a space to hold a job fair SECC, is happy to assist you by providing space and promotion of your job fair  in our accessible building.  As well, confidential office space is available for conducting interviews and can be booked in advance of your interviews through our job developers.
We know employers are busy.  Our goal is to lighten your load and assist you in finding the best person for the job.