If you’ve never been to a job fair you don’t know what you are missing. Even if you have a job it’s worth checking out all the opportunities that are presented at job fairs. Imagine booth after booth of professional businesses that have job openings available and there for the taking. Of course there is also a lot of competition but chatting with a representative at a job fair will answer many of the questions you will have about the company but are afraid to ask in an interview. To take full advantage of the opportunity go to job fairs prepared to apply.
Create a resume and take several copies of it with you to the job fair, also consider calling cards/business cards. You want to have something to offer that will make you stick out in the representatives’ mind. Being prepared and interested is one sure way to get your foot in the door.
Carry your own portfolio complete with pen and paper so that you can easily pull out your resume or jot down information. Most of the time hiring isn’t done at the job fair but the information, resumes and applications collected are sorted right away and the people who were prepared will be at the top of the list for interviews.
Dress as if you are going to an interview. Job fairs are the place to present yourself as a professional. Skip the mommy jeans and baggy sweatshirt. If you need some advice about how to dress for an interview be sure to check out Dressing for the Interview by Theresa Leschmann.
A job fair is a great place to network and connect not only with potential employers but also other job seekers who may have information about an available job that would be perfect for you. Take the time to talk to people along the way. You’ll be surprised at how many contacts you will leave with if you simply get involved at the job fair.
Check your local unemployment office or bulletin board for the next job fair in your area. Get prepared and go there with the intention of making an impression on at least 3 separate people! If your single mom social skills are lacking a bit, 3 people can seem impossible. But if you’re used to being out away from the kids and interacting with adults you’ll probably deal with many more people at a job fair.
Interviewing for a new job can be a grueling ordeal for some people. Approaching the interview process with a plan can alleviate some of the stress. If you know what to expect, what to watch for and how you are expected to act, then part of the mystery is removed and the stress with it. Ridding yourself of stress makes you more confident and a more appealing candidate.
How do you eliminate stress from the interview? You don’t but you can reduce it to manageable levels. Do your homework well ahead of time. Know something about the company and the position you are applying for. Then, follow these tricks for making a good impression during your interview and success is within your grasp.
Be Positive. This applies to more than your disposition. It helps to have a sunny disposition as no one wants to work with a cranky person all the time. Being positive is more than just smiling brightly through the interview. It means not speaking negatively about past companies or supervisors you’ve worked for. To do so casts you in less than favorable light no matter how valid your complaints might have been.
Be Adaptable. Let the interviewer take the lead and pay attention to his style. Is he relaxed and laid back or particularly formal? What does the interview area look like? Is it neat and organized or disheveled? These observations can help you make last minute adjustments in your own style of presentation and that might be just what you need to sail through the interview.
Be Encouraging. Encourage the interview to talk more openly about the company, its operations, its policies and its achievements. The more information you can glean, the more you can tailor your responses when you are on the answering end of the questions. You will come across as enthusiastic and interested something every employer wants from potential employees.
Be Prepared. This is a big one and covers a lot of ground. Not only should you look your best, but everything about your time in front of the interviewer should tell him that you took the time to prepare carefully because this is important to you. Bring extra copies of your resume. If you are required to show certification in specific areas, bring copies of those too. Bring references in case you are asked for them. Do your homework and be prepared for the tough questions.
While knowing what you should do at an interview is helpful, it’s also important to know What not to do! Watch both a good interview and a bad one to find out what things you should avoid, and which tips you should remember to make yourself stand out and show the interviewer that you are the right person for the job.
Interviews can be a nerve-wracking experience, because we all want to make a good impression. But a few simple tips to remember, like researching the company, maintaining personal hygiene, and remembering to dress up can go a long way.
While your appearance and preparation for what will be asked are an important part of making a good impression on your interviewer, there are other things that are important too. Being on time and your posture and general demeanor can make or break your interview as well. Learn some tips to help show the interviewer that you are a good candidate for the job.