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Finding a Job

Job Fairs

Follow these tips to get the most out of a job fair:

  • Is this the fair for you? Find out ahead of time what employers will be in attendance and the positions they are hiring for.
  • Dress appropriately! You need to look the part. Dress like you are going to a job interview and be conservative.
  • Take several copies of your resume and transcripts. Also take supporting documents to show your skills and talents.
  • Create a game plan. Decide who you want to talk to and plan out your strategy. Warm up by talking to a few companies before making your way to your favorites.
  • Employers will be evaluating you – so be professional. Keep in mind, though, that you are also evaluating employers. Size them up and decide if it is an organization you would want to work for.
  • Take notes. It is important to get names of contacts correct and make notes of what was discussed. A well-written cover or follow-up letter will include that information.

Applications

Just like everything else in the job search process, the application is an important component. An employer will learn a lot about you from your application and how you complete it. Make sure you take the time to project a positive and professional image.

Use common sense when completing the application. By not following directions, you are telling a potential employer that you won’t follow them on the job either. A messy application shows that you don’t have respect for your work or for other people’s time; vague information and spelling errors prove that you can’t pay attention to details and follow through an entire project; and listing specific salary requirements tells them you are rigid and inflexible – all things most employers want to avoid.

Website Resources

We have put together a list of websites that will help you on your journey to finding a career. The information below can get you started. Also, check out Lake Land’s Career Services Manager where you can network with local and national employers and view openings.