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Am I guaranteed a job, if I go to the Job Fair?
No! We get this questions daily. No jobs with any company are guaranteed. Ever. This is an meet & greet and possible interview opportunity with various companies. Just like ANY job application, meet & greet or interview, the right candidate will be selected by the companies. Each company has their own hiring policies, procedures and requirements for hiring. JobFairsNow.com/Eventures Promotions LLC does NOT hire anyone and is not responsible for you being hired or not. We simply hold the event for you to visit with recruiters. It is up to the Job Seeker to present themselves appropriately to the companies.
Are these companies guaranteed to hire people on the spot?
No! Various companies do hire people on the spot at the Job Fairs, IF they are the right person for the job BUT it is up to the discretion of the individual company if they hire a specific person on the spot. They are not required to hire anyone immediately. Some companies have procedures they must follow such as: Online applications to meet their corporate requirements and STATE LAW! Other companies can hire immediately but it depends on how their company is structured and their internal rules.
Will all the companies advertised be at the event?
These companies have registered to attend and paid/invoiced to attend the event but illnesses and scheduling issues do happen outside of our control. We can not guarantee that each company will attend; it is the individual companies responsibility to attend once they register. If the company notifies us of a cancellation or change, we try to update the list accordingly, if we have ample time. Please keep checking the list for updates. On the two day Job Fairs- some companies only come one day or only come the second day.
Do you have to have a CDL A to get hired?
No! Many companies hire for numerous positions not just CDL A. Simply ask the companies what NON-CDL positions they have open. We also have a list available at the front entry that lists who is hiring for what positions. These lists can and do change rapidly without notice because positions fill up quickly!
We see people who walk around, never speak to anyone, assume that companies are only hiring for one type of position and then leave. Job Fairs are set up for job seekers to speak to recruiters, ask questions and ask recruiters about what positions they offer. Many times, these recruiters are national recruiters and have a HUGE amount of positions open but are focusing on specific ones at the Job Fair. Simply talk with them and see what they have to offer. You might be amazed.
How to dress?
Business casual or in the type of field you working in or trying to gain employment in.
If you work in the oil and gas industry- dress the part. Blue jeans, boots, dress shirt or work shirt. Make sure that your jeans and boots are clean. We do see many individuals come into the events in their uniforms. This is also acceptable!
If you work in the office or business sector- Slacks, khakis, dress/skirt are all acceptable. West Texas is more relaxed so 3 piece suits are often out of place.
Practice a Pitch
You won’t get much time with any one person, so you to make a good impression quickly. Practice a quick pitch that summarizes your skills and experience so you're ready to promote your candidacy to prospective employers. A quick pitch is also called an “elevator speech” because it should only be 30 to 60 seconds long, which is about the same amount of time as a typical ride on an elevator.
With your quick pitch, you’ll be able to enthusiastically explain who you are, what your skills are, and describe your career goals. So be ready—write up your pitch and rehearse it over and over. The more you practice this pitch beforehand, the more confident you’ll feel delivering it at the job fair.
Bring extra copies of your resume, a few pens, a notepad, and a bunch of business cards that include your name, your email address, and cell phone number. You might also want to consider bringing "mini-resume" cards as an efficient way to sum up your candidacy.
Many job fairs and career expos have information on participating companies on the job fair website. Get yourself prepared to talk to hiring managers by checking out the company's website, mission, open positions, and general information before you go.
If you demonstrate knowledge about each company or manager you're talking to, you'll certainly stand out from the crowd. You may also be able to come up with a couple of questions to ask the hiring managers, which also makes a favorable impression.
Keep in mind that lines can be long, so arrive early, before the fair officially opens. You’re better off standing in line outside so you can get in right away than arriving later and walking right in the doors but being stuck with long lines at each table.
Attend a Workshop
If the job fair has workshops or seminars, attend them. In addition to getting job search advice, you'll have more opportunities to network. Be ready to chat up the people you meet and hand out your business cards.
While you’re waiting in line, talk to others and exchange business cards. You never know who might be able to help with your job search. Along the same lines, remember to stay polite and professional. Even if you're feeling discouraged in your job search, don't vent to other fair-goers about your situation or about any specific companies. Stay positive and make the most of the opportunity.
Shake hands and introduce yourself to recruiters when you reach the table. Maintain direct eye contact. Demonstrate your interest in the company and their job opportunities. This is where your research in the companies will allow you to shine.
Employer surveys identify one of the most important personal attributes candidates can bring to a new position as enthusiasm. This means that employers want to see you smile. Even if you’re nervous, stay enthusiastic—after all, great things may come from this job fair, especially if you keep a positive attitude.
Have some questions ready for the company representatives that illustrate your knowledge of their organization. Employers are not merely looking for the most skilled candidate for the job; they are looking for candidates who are truly interested in their company. The more you engage them, focusing the discourse upon their company’s needs, the better the impression you'll make.
Collect Business Cards
Collect business cards so you have the contact information for the hiring managers you met at the job fair. Then immediately after you get home, compile this information into a contact list and use it to send “Connect” requests on LinkedIn.
It's hard to keep track when you're meeting with multiple employers in a busy environment. Jot down notes on the back of the business cards you have collected or on your notepad, so you have a reminder of whom you spoke to about what.
Say Thank You
Take the time to send a brief follow-up thank-you note or email to the company representatives you met at the job fair. This is another reason it’s crucial to get the hiring managers’ contact information. Sending a thank-you note is a good way to reiterate your interest in the company and to remind company representatives that you're a strong candidate.