Stockton's 23rd Annual HIREvent is coming next week on Tuesday, January 27, 2015. The event takes place at the University Plaza Waterfront Hotel, from 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm. You can find more information at hirevents.com/2015-job-fair-calendar/stockton-ca-job-fair-january-27-2015. A job fair can be a good way to meet hiring managers and recruiters in your community. Here are twelve tips to help make your job fair visit productive.
- Dress professionally. The best advice is to dress as you would for an interview. Men and women should wear a suit.
- Bring more resumes than you think you'll need. Many times, candidates will ask if they can fax it or e-mail their resume later. It's always better to hand someone an actual resume. Many employers will not take your paper resume at a job fair so be prepared to complete an online application or get information on how to apply, but have paper resumes just in case.
- Bring business cards. Print out a handful of simple business cards with your name, phone number, e-mail address and LinkedIn profile page.
- Bring a pen and an extra pen. And a notepad to jot down notes. Don't take notes on your smart phone or tablet.
- Bring a small bag, briefcase or purse to keep your resumes nice and un-damaged. You can also stash away all of the little things from the booths - flyers, business cards, pens, mints, notepads and other information. Make sure you have a place to put all of those items so you keep a hand free for handshakes.
- Bring all of your application information. You should have all of your reference information with names, addresses, phone numbers, etc. and also all your past employment information.
- Always introduce yourself with a hand shake. Remember, keep your right hand free.
- Be courteous to fellow job seekers. Professionalism and civility go a long way. At the job fair you are on display for potential employers, don't get caught being rude to a fellow attendee. Plus, being courteous is simply the right thing to do.
- If employers are not hiring for anything that you are qualified for, ask about other opportunities and who you may contact within the company.
- Respect employers' time. Be brief. Stick your hand out and introduce yourself. Ask a few questions. Get your skills and experience across quickly. Look for cues that you have over-stayed your welcome. Job fairs can have a lot of attendees and the booths can be pretty busy. Keep it short. Make an impression, just not by being the one that won't stop talking.
- Research the job fair before attending. Find out what employers will be there and do your homework. And tailor your message, and your resume to those companies.
- Follow up with everyone you met by sending a thank you card or email.
Best of luck to you at the job fair.