Feb 25, 2013

Tips to prepare you for a job fair

PIQUA--The hiring environment is thought to increase in 2013 so don't miss the opportunity to make your presence known. Edison Community College, along with Upper Valley Career Center, area Job Centers, and Rehabilitation Services, will sponsor a career expo that will he held March 19, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the North Hall on Edison's Piqua campus.

More than fifty organizations will be represented at this event. Anyone is welcome to attend this event free of charge.

When attending a job fair it is important that you come prepared and ready to represent yourself. Before you attend it is important to do a little homework such as researching what companies will be attending the expo, updating your resume so you are able to hand it out to potential employers, making a list of the companies you definitely want to make time to see and preparing questions you know you would like to ask. Be able to introduce yourself professionally, offer a firm handshake, learn about their job opportunities and provide a brief summary of your skills and credentials.

These steps don't seem like much, but will ensure you have a successful trip and will allow you to take advantage of this opportunity to its fullest.

As you are preparing to leave for the event it never hurts to ask yourself the following; am I dressed appropriately? Have I done the proper research of the companies I plan to visit? Am I prepared to properly introduce myself?

While at the event be aware of your body language as well as your manners.

Remember that others attending are also competitively looking at the same job opportunities as you. Be sure to shake hands firmly and speak clearly to the representatives. First impressions are lasting impressions and should be made appealing. It is important that you never forget the reason you are attending the event, it isn't for a social hour but for opportunities. Many employers will be looking at how you handle yourself in a professional setting.

If you are not attending the expo with the hopes of finding employment immediately it is still important to follow the above steps. Often, just learning about the different jobs in the area is useful and rewarding to know so in the future when you are ready to apply you know what to look for.

It could also be beneficial to see how your peers are interacting with representatives. You will be surprised by how much you pick up from just listening and comparing notes. This is an excellent opportunity to network and sharpen your communication skills.

Now that you are prepared and understand the many opportunities career expos hold you will be able to utilize this event to better your chances of reaching success in your future. For valuable career information visit

www.edisonohio.edu/career<http://www.edisonohio.edu/career>. Click on the link “Job Fair” for an updated list of organizations that will be attending.


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