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Preparing for a Youth & Young Adult Job Fair


  • Dress to be successful! Select clothes in advance that are comfortable and presentable.
  • Bring several copies of your resume.
  • Practice your 20-30 second elevator speach (tell them about your skills).
  • Plan child care in advance (if needed).
  • Research company websites (if you know the participating companies).


  • Calling employers.
  • Waiting until the last minute to pull your resume/clothing together.


  • Arrive during the first half of the event. Why? because some employers may leave early.
  • Turn off your cell phone.
  • Be polite to everyone.
  • Remember, first impressions count.
  • Look directly at people and maintain good eye contact.
  • Repeat the recruiter's (employer representative) name during the conversation.
  • Ask recruiters for their business cards.
  • Hand recruiters your resume.
  • Take notes. Your notes will remind you of important information after the event.
  • Maintain a professional demeanor.
  • Ask intelligent and appropriate questions.
  • Smile and shake hands with each new recruiter you approach.
  • Be confident.


  • Wearing jeans, club or party attire is unprofessional. 
  • Handing out ripped, crumpled or scribbled resumes.
  • Exaggerating your skills, knowledge or experience.
  • Asking employers, "Do you have any jobs?"
  • Being intimidated.
  • Showing up at the last hour with high expectations. Why? Some employers leave early.
  • Talking negatively about former employers.
  • "Dropping off" your resume. Take time to speak to represenative.
  • Chewing gum.
  • Words like, "ummm" or, "ya know."
  • Interrupting a recruiter's conversation while someone is talking with them. Wait your turn.


  • Follow up. Contact the recruiter by email, send your resume or submit application online.

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