Wednesday, February 17, 2010

At the Job Fair

5 days out---> It is getting close to the job fair, February quit your slacking! Have you even gotten your resume done yet or even made an attempt? Seriously, if you have not completed anything by still got time. Thank goodness for the weekend coming up, but by all means don't rush and just slap your information together. Keep in mind that first impression is very important.

For those that have been following, you are well aware of what I mean. Last week was the subject topic Before the Job Fair,  information for you to get prepared. This week the topic is: At the Job Fair.

Let get straight to the point. The day has finally come and there is a company that you would like to work for and completed all the research, so it's time.

  1. Dress the part: This is a very very important part of the process-besides having your resume. It is your time to shine, so dress the part for the job that you are chasing. Make sure that before you leave the house you have Good hygiene and well groomed (clip your nails.) Do not wear your jeans and tee shirt, leave it at home. Business casual is usually, the most appropriate-wear a suit if the job would require-niced pressed shirt/blouse and slacks/skirt. Keep jewelry and make-up to a minimum, not too excessive.
  2. Take time to talk to the employers: Were you thinking about just dropping off your resume and moving around the room? WRONG! These companies are taking time out of their planner, just like you, to try and help you.  Take time and talk to them to gather more information or answer questions. When there is a crowd at the booth, avoid it. Why? The point here is to establish a connection, so they won't be heading back to the office with another person in mind.
  3. Use your research to appear confident and knowledgeable: Remember this part of the process Before the Job Fair?  You should. This is the time to ask your questions and get them answered. Don't waste time. Employers want to hire people who are genuinely interested in their company...use your knowledge to your advantage!
  4. Offer a firm handshake and maintain eye contact: Exactly as it says 'offer a firm handshake and maintain eye contact.' Still don't understand? By doing so, this lets the employer know that you are attentive, interested, dedicated, and regardless of the type of job you are in route of and if you get the job, you still have good manners.
Fairly simple, don't you think? Information that every person should keep in mind. Was this information of any help to you? I certainly hope so, and I look forward to seeing you at the job fair: February 23, 2010, ITT Technical Institute North Campus, 10926 David Taylor Drive, Suite 100, Charlotte, NC 28262

-Khon Phaxai

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