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Preparing for a Youth & Young Adult Job Fair

Before

  • Dress to be successful! Select clothes in advance that are comfortable and presentable.
  • Bring several copies of your resume (if you have a typed resume. If not, view our tips on how to complete one).
  • Practice your 20-30 second commercial (tell them about your skills).
  • Plan child care in advance (if needed).
  • Eat before.
  • Research company websites (if in advance you are aware of the companies attending).

Avoid

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

During

  • Arrive during the first half of the event. Why? Some employers leave early.
  • Turn off your cell phone.
  • Be polite to everyone. You never know who you are speaking to at the event.
  • 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.
  • Act confident.

Avoid

  • Wearing jeans, club wear or flashy/noisy jewelry.
  • 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. Guess where they'll drop it next?!
  • Chewing gum.
  • Words like, "ummm" or, "ya know."
  • Monopolizing the recruiter's time when others are waiting.
  • Interrupting a recruiter's conversation while someone is talking with them. Wait your turn.

After

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

Avoid

  • Assuming the employer will call you. Be proactive and send an email, resume or complete an application online.
  • Repeatedly contacting the recruiter.

Appropriate Questions for Recruiters

  • Does your company hire on a continual basis or at certain times of year?
  • What entry-level positions exist within your organization?
  • What percent of applicants are hired?
  • What skills or experience do you require for the job?
  • What is the hiring process and how long does it take?
  • Is there career mobility at your company?

Within this Youth section of the website, you will find helpful tips and resources to enhance your presentation before the event.

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