The old saying, “You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression” has never been more true than when it comes to hiring events and job fairs.
Job fair and hiring event preparation happens long before you walk into the event, so take as much time as possible in the days leading up to prepare.
Here are our six tips on how to showcase your best self at these events, and increase your chances of landing a job.
Bring copies of your resume Bring at least 2 copies of your resume FOR EACH COMPANY/ROLE you are applying to. (Don’t have a resume? Learn how to use the Jobcase resume-generator tool.) If possible, tailor your resume to the open positions you’re applying for by incorporating keywords from the job description (watch the video on how to get past applicant tracking systems).
Research employers and positions Showcase your best self by showing up to the event with a keen understanding of the companies and roles you plan on applying to. Basically - do your research. Before the event, take notes on the company’s mission and values, and understand how they align with your skills. These key findings translate into key talking points, which can make you stand out amongst other candidates.
Arrive prepared It’s crucial to make a good first impression: recruiters make screening decisions within just two to five minutes of speaking with you at these events. So, come prepared! Use the knowledge you learned from your research to power you through this initial step. If you can showcase your knowledge about a company, you will stand out and pass the screen. Arrive prepared with well-thought-out questions to ask that are tailored to the company and the role. Forget about questions on vacation time, scheduling, salary or promotions. Ask questions like, “I noticed in the description that you’re looking for someone with experience in customer satisfaction, can you explain more about how that plays into the role?” Or, “Can you tell me about the day-to-day responsibilities and interactions with other team members?” You might find yourself stopping by tables or talking to recruiters for other companies, so think about your “elevator pitch” and craft answers to generic questions you’re likely to be asked that aren’t company-specific. (Click here to learn about perfecting your ‘elevator pitch’ – the perfect back-pocket spiel for these very moments).
Dress for success You have to look the part, but it doesn’t have to break the bank. Think business casual (no sweatpants!). The little things count here: get a haircut if need be, brush your hair, clip your nails. Men should be clean shaven. Shine your shoes, give your shirt a quick iron, and check for any loose hems or tears. Get your outfit prepped (and try it on) the night before to make sure everything fits and is good to go.
Network, network, network Sure, you’re at this event to connect with recruiters, but networking with other attendees is always a good idea. Other job seekers likely have some helpful wisdom about their techniques and tactics when it comes to navigating these events, and they also might be willing to share some information about job leads or have insights about certain companies. This is the perfect venue to expand your professional network – take advantage of it.
Follow up Just like you would after a regular onsite job interview, be sure to obtain the contact information of any and all recruiters you interact with at the event, so you can send them a follow-up “thank you” email. This might seem like a mundane task, but you’d be surprised how few people actually take the time to do it, and will make you stand out.
Remember to stay calm, arrive early, and be prepared. Good luck!
why is a guy who at your age and seems like someone who could have been running his own business but yet you like to start at the bottom can you tell me a little about that
#interview well the way I see it is you can hit bottom Many times and get up to the next level. The next level. Moving up in a Corporation and dealing with whoever's in charge . Alot of times gets in the way and you can get jealous and it's hard to live in that type of environment a lot. Now I'm very laid back and don't argue not saying that. But jealous people who think they deserved the job instead is just natural and Iwill somehow get through it. I do whats best for the company.
I had an interview this morning w/ Kimberly Walter with TecAlliance; supposedly the company was opening offices in my area and they wanted people to work from home getting the business off the ground and then assisting in setting up the office. I was to set up an account on Hangout and the interview took place on there. Instead of video conferencing, she used the instant messaging feature. I was offered the job and great benefits, felxible hours, 401k, etc. They would send me a check to set up my home office and sge ratled off a list of things I would need. I asked where the home office was located out of and she told me South Jordan, UT. After the interview I called the home office and was told that it was a scam and that they were not opening office in my area.
I applied to Target about three days ago, and the next day I got a missed call (I don't normally pick up phone numbers that I don't recognize. If it's important I figure they'll just leave a voicemail) and they did leave a voicemail. It was from the HR department of Target saying they wanted to speak with me about my application. I called them back right away only for the girl to tell me that HR was on lunch break (and this was around 7:15 pm when they called). So the girl asked for my name and number and told me that HR would contact me the next day. For a good part of the day I didn't receive any phone calls so I called them back which was yesterday. The girl once again told me that they had gone on break, and the manager or whoever dealt with applications was not available to speak with me. She said to call back again in 45 mins. I call a second time. The phone kept ringing and no one picked up.
My sister advised me to not make myself look so desperate and wait patiently for them to call me. However, I am feeling anxious and feel that if I don't speak with someone from HR soon, that they'll feel I'm not serious about the position. I don't know what to do at this point. Also I have developed phone anxiety recently; I get so nervous talking with people over the phone especially when it means a potential job is on the line. Thanks in advance for your help!
Hello im new to this site and need a job to help my family out i have applied to jack in the box and many other fast food places i had a job interview at Del Taco and the manager told me to bring in my worker's permit and my food handlers card and I did the manager further told me that he was going to email me some paperwork I have to fill out he never emailed me and I called him back twice to remind him which he never did. I have just moved on from that can anybody give me advive on how to get one i dont know anybody that i can ask about a job or get me one. Should i call after i put in a application or go in?please help.