The Pikes Peak Workforce Center Business Relations Group and KKTV 11 have teamed up to sponsor the 2012 PPWFC Spring Job Fair to be held on April 12, 2012, at Mr. Biggs Entertainment Center, 5825 Mark Dabling Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO, 80919, between 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Applicants and employers alike know these events can be a jungle. Applicants come armed with résumés and companies come with brochures and job descriptions each hoping to find the perfect fit. Most job applicants cringe at the thought of wading through the crowds in hopes of landing an interview. Employers also cringe at the thought of obtaining volumes of résumés from applicants who have not even looked into the positions they currently have available.
Jeanne Cotter, the public information officer for PPWFC, stated, “41 employers are registered for the event and they can accommodate up to 55.” This is good news for job hunters.
With reports of slight job growth earlier in the year, and recent reports of slightly elevated consumer spending, there seems to be more interest from employers to participate in this year’s career fair.
Cotter provides these job fair tips to help you shine.
Do your company research
Go online to the PPWFC job fair site and, “pre-register for the fair. The pre-registration also gives job seekers the links to companies attending so the job seeker can research open positions online,” stated Cotter. The websites also contain valuable company information about their corporate culture, goals, and vision. She also encourages the job seeker to submit a job application online, and if they customized their résumé for a specific job, bring a copy of the same résumé to the job fair.
Dress and act as if you are going to an interview
Employers will see you are a professional and a serious applicant if you attend the job fair dressed the same way you would dress for a one-on-one interview. Clothes should be conservative, neat and not too revealing. Also, be sure to watch your manners, greet the company representative with a firm handshake, and make eye contact.
Prepare a short introduction for yourself
According to Cotter, soft skills are important and include “customer service, dependability, good written and verbal communication skills, and up-to-date computer skills.” You should prepare a short introduction about yourself, no more than 30 seconds, to highlight your soft skills, quickly provide key skill sets and state why you are interested in the company’s open position. She cautions not monopolize the representative’s time. It must be short, professional and memorable. Your online application will already include your technical skills and work history, so these do not need to be heavily emphasized in your brief sales pitch. Also, prepare a few questions about the company. This will show you have a genuine interest in the open position.
Don’t bring others with you
“Leave your children, friends and spouses at home,” says Cotter. You would not bring them to a one-on-one interview, so don’t bring them to the job fair. If you do come with others, split up during the job fair. You want the company representative to focus on you and your job qualifications and not your entourage.
You can substantially improve your employment opportunities by following these four tips. By reviewing the websites prior to the event, you can pinpoint specific positions and only visit those companies during the job fair. You can prepare a brief introduction to specifically highlight your abilities and make that important in-person first impression. The job fair will help you rise above the online applications and find the job that’s a perfect fit for you and the employer.