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 How To Find A Job -- Job Fairs

Employers participate in job fairs to meet and hire people. Job fairs can provide general information about career options and specific information about current job openings. You can attend job fairs to look for a job, gather information about employers, and develop a network of job contacts. Here are a few tips to follow:

  • Consider your visit to the job fair as an important part of your job hunt activities.
  • Dress neatly. Many employers conduct mini interviews at job fairs.
  • Attend the fair without children or relatives.
  • Bring your personal information with you. It is a good idea to complete "My Fact Sheet" before attending the job fair. (See "The Application, My Fact Sheet.") You will be better prepared to complete new job applications with a completed fact sheet in hand.
  • When possible try to pick up two applications. If you happen to make a mistake, you will be able to complete another application.
  • Study the employers. Usually the employers will have company literature, brochures, job descriptions and advertising materials available. Try to read these materials before talking with an employer. Think about how your skills will benefit the company.
  • Be professional.
  • Introduce yourself. Shake hands confidently and maintain eye contact. Look on this as a mini interview. Do not take too much of the employers time, but try to ask questions to see how you fit into the company.
  • Be polite and direct. Your goal is to get an interview at the company. If you meet their requirements and are interested, tell them and ask what you would need to do to get a second interview.
  • Be organized. You will receive a large volume of paperwork, such as business cards, brochures, and job descriptions. Bring a folder with you to carry and organize your job fair materials.
  • Take notes. You will meet many different employers and gather a lot of information about various companies. After talking to an employer, jot down a few notes to study at home later. This will help you remember important information.
  • Talk with the other people at the fair. Some may give you leads on other opportunities. Share resources, ideas and leads.
  • Ask for business cards. This will help you with your follow-up after the job fair. It is a good idea to send your resume(s) to employer(s) that you are interested in. Remember to study the company reading materials handed out at the fair. Then rework your resume to emphasize your skills that match what the employer is looking for. (See "The Resume.")
  • Send a thank you note to the people that interviewed you and remind them of your interest and desire for a second interview. (See "The Interview, Thank You Notes.")

When visiting your local One-Stop Career Center, remember to ask staff for dates and locations of job fairs in your area.

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