On Wednesday, January 23rd – have dozens of your resumes printed, get decked out in your most impressive wardrobe, and put some talcum powder on your palms to eliminate handshake-clamminess, as you take part in the most productive and convenient employment-search available.
That day, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the college’s SportsPlex will host the 20th annual, joint St. Clair/University of Windsor Job Fair.
The hosting of the huge event alternates, annually, between the college and the UofW … and, this year, hundreds of employers in a hiring-frame-of-mind will be within multi-minute-long walk for job-seeking St. Clair students.
The event welcomes college and university students and alumni, seeking part- and full-time work, summer employment opportunities, and post-graduation careers.
As of January 15, the participating employer list tallied 104, representing all sorts of enterprises at the local, national and international levels: private businesses and public institutions, financial, health-care, education, manufacturing, emergency services and armed forces, social services, marketing, retail, technology and trades … You name your prospective occupational field, and there will probably be a booth that fits the bill.
Many of the tables are staffed by the human resources staff of the companies/agencies, and they’ll be accepting resumes and arranging for follow-up interviews on-the-spot.
NEW THIS YEAR: Just in case the turn-out is gargantuan, this year you can pre-register your attendance at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/job-fair-2019-tickets-51917364234
Much more information is available at https://stclairemploymentcentre.com/jobfair.html\
From that website, here are some “Preparation Tips”:
The Job Fair provides an opportunity to make a great first impression with potential employers. Be sure to take the time to prepare your visit to the Job Fair to make the most of your experience.
How Should I Prepare?
• Read the Employer List to learn which companies will be in attendance. Do further research by visiting the websites of companies that interest you.
• Prepare a list of questions ahead of time. Your goal is to demonstrate your interest in and knowledge about the company.
– Don’t ask for information that’s easily available on the employer’s website.
– Don’t ask about salary and benefits, unless the employer initiates the conversation.
• Prepare a resume that outlines your education, skills, and background in a clear and concise manner. Estimate the number of employers you plan to visit, and print twice as many resumes. You should also be prepared to fill out applications at the event.
• Write and practice a 45- to 60-seconds-long “elevator pitch” to introduce yourself and market your education, skills, background, and motivation. Why would you be a good fit for a company?
It’s Show Time: Make the Most of Your Job Fair Experience
• Make sure to bring your student ID card (it’s required for admission), plus several copies of your resume, information about which companies you plan to visit, and a list of questions you may want to ask. Carrying a portfolio will help you keep your materials organized.
• Know that some employers may not accept hard copy resumes. If an employer asks you to instead submit an online application, this does not mean that you’re being brushed off.
• You are being evaluated on more than just your resume, so dress and act professionally. You may be meeting your new boss for the first time, and you want to make an excellent first impression. Your purpose is to represent yourself well and create an opening for further contact.
– Be aware of you manners and mannerisms.
– Use a good, firm handshake, and make direct eye contact.
– Be friendly, speak clearly, be engaging, and maintain a positive attitude.
• Keep an open mind. If you have time, you might learn something new by visiting employers not originally on your list. If nothing else, you can practice initiating conversation.
• Respect employers’ materials and sample items. While most will have information resources and/or give-aways for you to take, some may have limited quantities. Always check with an employer before taking anything with you.
• Be courteous. Represent yourself and your school well, and be respectful of your fellow students. Keep your questions brief if you notice a line forming.
• Take notes of your conversations. Create reminders.
• After you speak with an employer, thank them for their time.