On Tuesday, January 21 – a week from tomorrow – 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 St. Denis Athletic Centre of the University of Windsor (corner of Huron Church Road and College Avenue) will host the 21st annual, joint St. Clair/University of Windsor Job Fair.
The hosting of the huge event alternates, annually, between the college and the UofW.
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 13, the participating employer list tallied 105, 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.
You can – and should – pre-register your attendance.
Pre-register at: https://events.attend.com/f/1383790583#?utm_source=SCCWeb
You will be provided a confirmation to display on your mobile device for quick entry to the Job Fair.
Please note, in addition to your event pre-registration, attendees will be asked to provide their student ID for admittance to the Job Fair.
Attendees who have not registered in advance will be required to register at the Job Fair. Avoid the lines and pre-register today!
Much more information about all aspects of the event is available at https://stclairemploymentcentre.com/jobfair.html
To view employer profiles, their web links, and a summary of the types of positions available, visit: https://stclairemploymentcentre.com/job-fair-employer-list.html
A special bus shuttle will be available throughout the day to transport students of St. Clair’s main/South Windsor campus to and from the St. Denis Centre.
The general info website provides these “Preparation Tips”:
• 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-second “elevator pitch” to introduce yourself, and market your education, skills, background, and motivation. Why would you be a good fit for a company?
• Dress for success! Wear what you would to a job interview to make a great first impression.
• You must 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 ... So, carry a portfolio to keep your materials organized.
• 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 your manners and mannerisms:
– Use a 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 “giveaways” 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 employers, thank them for their time.