SUNY Orange JOB FAIR 2015!

Job Fair 2014 was a tremendous success. Over 80 employers attended the fair and drew a crowd of over 800 job seekers.

The Office of Career & Internship Services has begun working on 2015's Job Fair. It will be held in April with more details to follow.

In the meantime, visit us in the Career Services Office to find out how we can help YOU prepare for the "world of work" and land a job!


Below you will find some valuable information if you are planning to attend a job fair.


JOB FAIR TIPS

  • Learn the names of employers who will be attending - It's not enough to know that a job fair is about engineering, marketing, or other areas of employment. You should obtain a list of the participating employers as a preliminary to doing research on their organizations and the kinds of people they hire.
  • Bring one or more versions of your resume - If the employers are apt to be interested in different kinds of skills, you may want to develop several versions of your resume, each highlighting different aspects of your background and experience. Bring plenty of copies.
  • Know what you are going to say to each employer - You may have only around 15 to 20 seconds to present your qualifications to each employer, so think carefully about what you want to cover and how best to say it. You may use the same spiel for all employers or vary it depending upon their recruiting needs.
  • Develop a list of questions to ask employers - You can't anticipate how much time you may have with each employer; it may range from a few seconds to several minutes. You may be asked if you have any questions; it pays to have one or two good questions ready for each employer.
  • Take a last minute look at recruiting literature - Even though you may have done a lot of research on an employer and studied its publications, the job fair booth may feature some new information -- such as details on specific jobs for which it is currently recruiting. So, check this last minute information.
  • Dress professionally - Even if recruiters appear in casual attire, it pays to dress in a professional manner -- suits should be the norm at a job fair.
  • Network with other attendees - You can learn a lot by talking with fellow job seekers. Their impressions can help you learn more about the participating employers.
  • Plan for follow-up - Learn what you should do to follow up on your best contacts, particularly the name and tile of the person with whom you may communicate.

Source: Career Opportunities News, Ferguson, An Imprint of Facts on File, Inc., January/February 2004.

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MAKING THE MOST OF THE JOB FAIR

  • First impressions count. Do not be shy. Exude confidence and enthusiasm.
  • Practice your introduction, and be clear on your valuable skills and abilities.
  • Smile and shake hands firmly while maintaining eye contact.
  • Be prepared to talk about items on your resume.
  • Even if a company does not list job openings, ask about opportunities anyway. Recruiters may be looking for those with initiative. Let them know you are interested if something becomes available.
  • Ask for business cards and literature, and write follow-up letters to those you are interested in.

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QUESTIONS TO ASK AT A JOB FAIR

  • What type of person are you looking for?
  • What is a typical career path for someone with my background?
  • What are some of the daily functions and responsibilities in this position?
  • What type of training does your company provide?
  • How did you get into this field?
  • What do you like best about the industry?
  • Does your firm have entry level openings?
  • What time of year do you hire?
  • What is the next step in the application process?

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JOB FAIR PREPARATION

Preparation BEFORE a Job Fair:

  • Clarify your goals and expectations before attending the fair, as well as understanding the intended focus of the event you will be attending.
  • Update your old resume or develop a new resume.
  • Make sufficient copies of your resume (25-30) to distribute to employers at the job fair.
  • Know which organizations will be there in advance.
  • Research your top organizations for the following information: Products, Services, Size, Locations, Leaders, History and News. Develop a list of questions to ask the employers as you perform the research. Excellent ways to perform employer research include: Talking to someone who works at the company; calling the company directly; linking to the company website; asking a reference librarian at the local library for help; visiting the Chamber of Commerce Office; and utilizing Internet employer search engines.
  • Prepare a 30 second "infomercial" as an introduction of yourself to company representatives. it should contain RELEVANT aspects of your work history highlights and personal qualities; your education and training; your strongest skill sets; and your knowledge of and expressed interest in that organization. For example:

    "My name is___________. Over the past several years, I have served in both customer service and technical roles. I'm good at interacting with non-technical personnel about technical applications and computer problem-solving. I get feedback all the time about my ability to make technical concepts easily understood. I have recently been taking computer networking classes, and I like the idea of working in the networking area, especially in a help desk or technical support role. I understand that your company hires help desk professionals, and want to explore those opportunities."
  • Prepare your business attire and portfolio in advance. The night before the job fair, make sure that you have sufficient copies of your resume, and any portfolio components (i.e. Graphics work; writing samples) that relate to your professional field.

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Effectively NAVIGATING A JOB FAIR

  • The day of the job fair has arrived. Remember the basics: Brush your hair and teeth; clean and press that shirt; turn off the cell phone; and get ready for some positive employer interaction.
  • Upon entering, pick up a copy of the floor plan to identify where your targeted employers are located. While planning your targeted employer "approach strategy", stay open to meeting with employers outside your target group, as well.
  • Scout the employer table out before approaching. Wait attentively for your turn to speak.
  • As you approach the employer: Make eye contact; firmly shake hands; and be pleasant as you introduce yourself, remembering your infomercial.
  • Collect business cards and company material for follow-up contact with employer representatives that you meet

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WHAT TO DO AFTER A JOB FAIR

  • Follow-up! e-mail, write or call the company contacts made at the job fair concerning your career opportunities.
  • Locate other job fairs to attend as part of your job search efforts.

Source: A Job-Seeker's Preparation Guide, by Dennis Sullivan, NVCC Career Counselor. Northern Virginia Community College, Manassas Campus.

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