Dress To Impress
Confidence doesn’t always come from the inside out! Did you know that dressing well can make you feel and act more confident, thus making you more hireable? A sharp outfit and a smile are the foundation to landing the perfect job, not only because you look and feel great, but also because of what your appearance communicates to potential employers.
Wearing a classy getup for a hiring event communicates that you’re invested, serious, and well prepared for the job market. You’re sure to turn heads if you pair that with a friendly demeanor and a polished resumé. So, invest in a new outfit and get yourself all done up for the job fair so you can catch the eye of your next employer.
Chicago's 2017 Citywide Job Fair - TODAY 10AM-2PM
Good morning, Chicago Job Fair attendees! It’s time to get yourself over to the University of Illinois-Chicago Forum today for the main event, running from 10AM-2PM. There’s going to be LOTS of employers ready to hire, so get PUMPED. This is your time to shine, so make sure you have everything in order!
Here are a few things you’re going to want to remember:
So get excited and make your way to the job fair now. This could just be the day you get hired!
How much can you say about yourself in just 30 seconds?
That may be all the time you have to make a favorable first impression at the job fair. Company reps from your target companies are going to be fielding questions and having conversations with hundreds of eager job seekers during the job fair.
Catch their attention with an expertly crafted Elevator Pitch! The foundation of any good Elevator Pitch is to communicate what you do, what your goals are, and what makes you unique. You want to be memorable, so don’t be afraid to use bold and descriptive vocabulary to paint a colorful picture of who you are professionally. The final key to a truly captivating Elevator Pitch is delivery. You need employers to buy your pitch, but if you can’t convey the words you chose in a confident and heartfelt manner, even the best Elevator Pitch will feel flat and disingenuous.
Like with anything, practice makes perfect! Practice on your friends, family, pets— anyone who will listen. Practice early and often and gather as much feedback as you can from others. That way, when you get to the job fair, you’ll have your Elevator Pitch totally down pat and you can focus on using it to connect with potential employers.
So what’s your pitch sound like? Click “Reply” and submit your Elevator Pitch below to receive feedback, pointers and encouragement from other Jobcasers.
Unusual Job Fair Advice
Here’s a few job fair strategies to keep in mind as you prepare to meet face to face with company recruiters to discuss employment opportunities:
Pre-Game… take a few minutes to collect yourself after you arrive and get the lay of the land. Secure a map or a floor plan that outlines the table locations for all the companies attending and identify exactly where all the organizations that meet your interest will be in order to maximize your time there.
Warm-up… start off talking to a couple of companies low on your favorable list to sharpen your elevator pitch. Make sure your statement sounds natural, clear, and dynamic before you approach recruiters from the top rated companies on your list.
Be Memorable… ask for a business card then put it to good use. After you talk with each recruiter take a moment to write down a small note of anything that stood out in the conversation on the back of each business card. Use that info as a reference point in your follow-up email or phone call to help you immediately stand out in the recruiter’s memory.
Remember, preparing yourself ahead of time to make a memorable first impressions at these events is a crucial step towards having a successful job fair experience.
Job Fair Success Tip No. 1 - Tailor Your Search!
There are going to be companies in attendance from many diverse industries offering a wide range of positions. Browsing every booth and display regardless of their relevance to your search could mean that you don’t make it to the companies who can offer you the perfect fit. This means having a crystal clear picture of exactly what you’re looking for before you attend the job fair. Narrow down your search to just one or two industries by evaluating your traits, skills and experience and envisioning where they might take you professionally.
Job Fair Success Tip No. 2 - Customize Your Resume!
Once you have a clearer professional path in mind, make sure that your resumé targets those specific industries by highlighting skills most valuable to them. This could mean making several versions of your resumé to apply to different industries. When you first get to the job fair, take a moment to orient yourself and figure out where your target industries are located before setting off to make introductions.
Chicago Job Fair Follow-up
So you rolled through the job fair like a pro, rocked your elevator pitch and left with a deck of business cards from various company reps. Now what?
The job fair was actually just the first step in a longer process.You’ve gotten their attention, now turn that awesome first impression into a consistent pattern of professional, proactive behavior.
So what are the steps?
Apply for the jobs you want. If you haven’t already, seek out the open positions you discussed with the company reps and apply to them online. The company rep you spoke to may have loved you for the position, but he or she may not be in charge of hiring for that position. So to make sure you’re fully considered, go through the typical channels as well.
Send a follow-up email. Thank the rep for their time and let them know that it was a pleasure to speak with them. Make sure you mention your full name, something memorable you may have discussed, and what jobs you’re interested in to refresh their memory. Attach your resumé so they have a digital copy as well.
Remain responsive. The worst thing you can do at this point is fall off the map. If a company rep gets back to you, make sure to respond to each message within 24 hours (tops). Be sure to maintain a professional and courteous tone with each message, consistency is key!
We at Jobcase can’t wait to see our members turn this job fair into the beginning of their next opportunity! So, stay at it and maintain a consistent level of contact with the reps you talked to. Who knows? This may be the start of your next big career move.
Job Fair Success Tip No. 4 - Get Your Pitch Together!
You will only have a limited amount of time with each company representative, so make it count! Getting together an interesting and impactful elevator pitch before you attend a job fair will put you in a great position to make a lasting and favorable impression on company representatives who have limited time and attention to devote to each candidate. Practice your pitch on family and friends to work out the kinks and to get some valuable feedback.
Job Fair Success Tip No. 3 - Apply First, Ask Questions Later!
While you’re doing to your research on the companies that will be in attendance, check out their Careers page or Job Board. If there’s anything you’d like to apply for, feel free to go right ahead and apply! When you speak to the company representative at the job fair mention that you applied for a job online. If you have any questions about the job, you now have the perfect opportunity to get answers right from the source. Not only does it show that you’re interested in the job, but it shows that you’re willing to take steps to engage yourself in the job search process. This step could put you on the fast track to recruitment.
Join Us for the Cincinnati Works Job Fair TODAY
Jobcase and Cincinnati Works are teaming up to bring those in the Greater Cincinnati area a great opportunity for employment. The job fair is running today, October 31st from 10am to 12pm. That's two hours of prime networking and job seeking possibilities! Click here to learn more about the fair!