Making sure you are prepared before you head to any hiring event is crucial!!
This ensures you will have the best experience possible and potentially land a job.
Take a look at this quick video made by Jobcase to help you successfully prep for ANY hiring event with ease!
In the Boston area? Make sure to check out this amazing job fair happening tomorrow (Thursday)!
Looking for a job? Are you in the Boston area?
Come and join the 9th Annual Jobs: Rebuild Boston Virtual Career Fair!
Hosted by The Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts & Jobcase.
This event is one of THE largest of its kind and attracts dozens of employers in high-demand industries who are looking to hire YOU!
Register HERE to attend this free event
Need some tips and tricks to land yourself a job?
Wearing inappropriate clothing to an interview could cost you the job. An interviewer's first impression is often a lasting one, so the way you present yourself is very important. Check out some tips to help you dress to impress for your next interview or job fair!
Women's Professional Interview Attire -Stick to solid colors (avoid patterns, but if you must stick to subtle ones and avoid those that will have them looking at your clothes instead of at your face.) -A suit with a button up shirt worn underneath -Mid length skirt (a little below the knee and/or longer is fine) paired with a coordinated blouse -Modest shoes (Closed-toe pumps are a safe bet and look very professional) -Limited jewelry (avoid flashy, again the focus is on YOU) -Neat, professional hairstyle -Light makeup and very little perfume (one spray a few hours beforehand) -Manicured nails (avoid chipped and overly bright nail polish, think neutrals)
Men's Professional Interview Attire -Stick to solid colors -Consider a conservative suit (if you can't wear a suit consider wearing your best dress shirt, tie, and slacks) -Long sleeve button up shirt (again a solid color) and coordinating dress pants -Conservative tie (stick to solids no crazy patterns, logos, etc.) Dark socks paired with professional dress shoes (no sneakers) Limited jewelry Neat, professional hairstyle (grab a hair cut a few days before) Trimmed/well groomed facial hair Go easy on the aftershave or cologne (it could over power the interviewer) Neat and clean trimmed nails
AVOID -Wrinkled clothes, scuffed or dirty shoes, chipped nail polish, etc. -Showing too much skin (no shorts, short skirts, or low cut tops) -Wearing clothes that are too tight/clingy or too baggy -Wearing anything that makes noise (avoid charm bracelets, bangles, jangling keys, or fabrics that make a lot of distracting noise when you walk) -Wearing too-casual clothing (no shorts, capris, spaghetti straps, tank tops, flip flops, sandals, or jeans) -Ringing cell phones, they should be turned off or on vibrate at all times -Chewing gum (that will turn any employer right off)
Remember to prep a week before, so you can shop for clothing if you need to. Try different things at home and see how you feel!
Once you are comfortable in your interview attire, you will exude confidence to prospective employers. Be sure to iron and lay the outfit out NOW so it's all set to go when your next interview or job fair arrives!!
If you have any other tips that have worked well for you please share them here!
Good luck : )
Here are some things you should bring with you to a job fair!
-Print and pack at least 50-60 copies of your polished and updated resume. You will want to hand these out to all the employers you are interested in working for. It’s always best to print more than you need than not have enough! Tuck them into a folder for safekeeping and place them in a bag so your hands are free.
-A pencil, pen, and a notebook. You will want to take notes! They will come in very handy later on when you get home and the whole job fair is a blur. This also will help when following up with the employer! List the company name and what you thought about each one and specific information right after you meet with them. Even jotting down something as simple as, "They have great benefits" will help jog your memory later on.
-Tuck a package of mints in your pocket or purse. Then just grab a few throughout the job fair to keep your throat from getting dry and your breath fresh. You will be talking a ton!
-Bring and show off your positive attitude! Employers LOVE to see smiles and feel a strong handshake. If you’re nervous, take some deep breaths before approaching someone. It’s always better to take a few seconds to calm down so you can show your best self!
Anything else you would bring to a job fair?
The Urban League is hosting the MLK Day of Service Jobs & Opportunities Fair!
Job opportunities will be available in various industries, including healthcare, retail, technology, and more.
Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in workshops, including job fair advice, navigating today's job market, resume coaching and interviewing skills, starting a small business, and much more!
It's definitely worth your time, so we hope you stop by!
When- Monday, January 20th from 9-12 pm.
Where- Girard College 2101 South College Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19121
How Register [here] (http://bit.ly/2T25Nbz).
With hundreds of eager job seekers attending the Urban League of Philadelphia job fair, you will most likely have ~30 seconds to catch the attention of a hiring rep and make a lasting impression!
Make sure to “wow!” them with an expertly crafted Elevator Pitch. The goal of this pitch is to communicate
- Who you are
- What you do
- What your goals are
- Why you would be an asset to their team
Use vibrant and colorful vocabulary to help paint an authentic picture of who you are professionally. Don't forget to smile and make eye contact!
Leading up to the job fair, be sure to practice your elevator pitch! Grab a family member, friend, coworker, pet or anyone else willing to listen and give it a go. Be sure to ask for feedback :)
What does YOUR elevator pitch sound like?! Comment below!
If you attended the Chicago job fair today then this is the post for you!
Now that the fair is over, it's time to follow up.
Doing so lets the employer know you are serious, reminds them of who you are (they met a TON of people), your qualifications, and keeps the hiring process moving along.
So let’s take a look at how following up works...
•When- Send your follow up at least 1-2 business days after the event.
•Who- Reach out to the right person! Whether you jotted down the employer’s email address in a notebook, found it on the website, or have a business card make sure to reach out directly to the person you spoke to or the hiring manager. By sending it to an individual (and make sure to address it to them) you will avoid your follow up being lost in the shuffle.
•How- You can follow up with a call, email, or thank you card. Email is suggested as it’s instant and will give you the proper amount of time to gather your thoughts, however, there is also something wonderfully personal about receiving a handwritten note if you can send it quickly. See what to say in your follow up [HERE] (https://www.jobcase.com/conversations/3a2695c7-ced7-5bea-af4e-8789f758e97b).
•What- Make sure it’s personal. Remember that employers have likely met and spoken to MANY candidates so it’s unlikely they will automatically remember you. If you had a good conversation during the interview, make note of something you discussed and mention it in your follow up. Perhaps you both went to a certain college or own black labs. It’s all about forging a connection! Be sure to explain how excited you would be to work for them. Mention the main reasons why you would be the right person for the job by emphasizing your strengths and capabilities while demonstrating that you are a great fit. Keep it short and straight to the point.
A follow up is a great way to include those final things you may have neglected to mention at the job fair so make sure not to forget to take the time to do so.
Please comment with any questions!
Also, please make sure to keep us posted on your progress! : )
Make sure to dress to impress!
Here are some quick tips on what to wear for the [Chicago job fair tomorrow, June 18th] (https://www.jobcase.com/chicago-job-fair).
Women -Stick to solid colors and avoid distracting patterns -A suit with a button up shirt worn underneath -Mid-length skirt below or at the knee, paired with a coordinated blouse -Modest shoes -Limited jewelry -Neat, professional hairstyle -Light makeup and very little perfume -Manicured nails
Men -Stick to solid colors -Consider a conservative suit (if you can't wear a suit consider wearing your best dress shirt, tie, and slacks) -Long sleeve button up shirt and coordinating dress pants -Conservative tie in a solid color -Neat, professional hairstyle (grab a hair cut today if you can) Trimmed/well-groomed facial hair Go easy on the aftershave or cologne Neat and clean trimmed nails
Just say no to:
-Jeans, shorts, or ripped clothing -Wrinkled clothes and scuffed or dirty looking shoes -Showing too much skin (no shorts, short skirts, or low cut tops) -Wearing clothes that are too tight/clingy or too baggy -Wearing anything that makes noise (avoid charm bracelets, bangles, jangling keys, or fabrics that make a lot of distracting noise when you walk) -Ringing cell phones, they should be turned off or on vibrate at all times
Still stumped? Check out these interview clothing ideas for men and women.
Remember to lay out those clothes TODAY so you are ready in the morning.
Good luck : )
Have questions? Please ask!
Instead of staying silent during a job fair or interview SPEAK UP and let your voice be heard!
By building a rapport with the employers before getting into the nitty-gritty details of the job it can give you a major competitive edge over other candidates. Plus it will feel more like a friendly conversation which can certainly help calm those nerves. You can also use this information later on when following up.
Remember, these questions are not about you, but about them and the focus on building a connection. Try these out during your next job fair, interview or networking event!
1. It's a pleasure to meet you. How was your weekend (or how has your week been)? This demonstrates to the interviewer that you're confident, proactive, and friendly. Make sure to smile!
2. What was the most pleasantly surprising thing about working here you learned once you were on the job? It's a good idea to keep the conversation focused on the employer and their positive experiences with working at the company.
3. What's the most memorable thing that has happened to you since joining the company? This will show you are a positive person and care about others as well as help you feel out what the culture is like.
4. I read a really great article this morning on the way over here today. Discuss it a little if it connects to the company and if the employer seems interested, continue, if not gracefully move on.
5. What's one of the most interesting projects or opportunities that you've worked on? Employers will love the chance to reflect and respond on what it is they’ve worked on or are currently working on. This will also provide further insight into what they are doing now in the company, as well as give them a chance to talk about their own accomplishments.
6. What is it about (company name) that you love the most? This will tell you what the employer cares about but also what makes the company special.
Remember to keep bringing it back to the interviewer/company and your interest in it!
Good luck : )