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Many career experts recommend these events as an efficient way to find your next career. Job fair organizers and participating companies don’t necessarily follow a universal template when planning and hosting these events, so the details can vary from one fair to the next. It may seem daunting—the crowds are big and there’s competition for short attention spans, but it’s worth your effort. Career fair preparation helps you handle the expected and unexpected as you “work the room” to turn up tangible job leads. These tips will help before, during, and after the event to maximize your opportunities.
How to Prepare for the Hiring Event?
- Dress for success: Play it safe and dress business casual. If you are low-budget kind of person, check out your local Goodwill, and stores like Ross, Marshalls, and Plato’s Closet. They tend to have business casual clothing for men and women for only a couple of bucks.
- Practice your pitch: At job fairs, you usually have only about 3-5 minutes to make an impression on your recruiter. It helps to put together a little spiel the night before and practice.
- Research companies attending the fair: Use this time the day before to pick out the companies you want to talk too.
- UPDATE and Bring your resume: Bring copies of your UPDATED resume to hand out to recruiters. Check out our article on resume writing.
What to expect during the event?
- Arrive Early: some of these job fairs can be extremely large and size and could possibly have long lines. Check the job fair website ahead of time to see if you can pre-register. It will save you time and allow you to spend more time talking with recruiters
- Attend the workshops: Usually these little workshops are free and are on a first come, first serve basis. The workshops range from resume writing, industry news, mock interviews and a range of other topics.
- Network, Network, Network: Don’t just talk with employers, network with other job seekers.
- Ask questions: Even though your time might be limited at each table, make sure you have 2-3 important questions to ask.
- Be Proactive: Even if a company doesn’t have any openings in your area, still talk to them. If not now, maybe later the would have something, there is nothing wrong with leaving your resume for future consideration.
- Stay Ready: Not every company will have on the spot interviews, but it is always nice to be prepared. Also, not every company will hire on the spot, it is all up to their discretion.
- Add notes to business cards: Whether the fair is large or small, it is important to take notes on everyone you met. One tip is to write down notes on the back of the business cards as you meet them. It makes it easier to go back later send thank you notes or emails.
What to do after the hiring event?
- Plan a follow-up: Send a quick follow-up thank note or email to the companies you met at the job fair.
UPCOMING EVENTS NEAR YOU
APRIL 11, 2019
Goodwill Industries of Tulsa
2800 Southwest Boulevard
Tulsa, OK 74107
Details: This event will be held in the South Annex of the Goodwill Industries of Tulsa building. Come in anytime between 10:00AM and 1:30PM to talk to one of our many recruiters. 365Worx is a local staffing agency hiring for a variety of jobs. Please bring two forms of Id and dress business casual. We are Felon-Friendly and will consider all situations on a case-by-case basis.
Currently, your online presence holds just as much weight as a resume. Especially when it comes to searching for the next career opportunity. It is absolutely no secret that some recruiters take a look at your social media profiles and Google. Many use it to get an understanding of your capabilities and personality. According to a survey conducted by CareerBuilder, 70 percent of recruiters snoop on a potential employees profiles, and about 39% of recruiters have not hired a potential employee based on their online presence.
There are some things to void when posting on social media:
- Heavy Alcohol Usage
- Drug Usage: Even if weed is legal where you live, this is the one thing I’d absolutely recommend scrubbing out of your profiles.
- Inappropriate Posts
- Excessive Foul Language
Before posting onto your personal social media accounts, think about what you are sharing and who is going to see it. The internet lasts forever. While privacy settings may protect your accounts, some things are never truly private.
There are ways you can take to strengthen the security of your personal Facebook and Twitter accounts.
Things to do on a social media clean up:
- Who can see my stuff: You can switch the default public setting on your post under “Who can see my stuff?” This will also you to make your content only visible to friends. There is also the option to choose who will see your post using the audience selector. This feature is commonly used when making a new Facebook status. The audience selector control remembers what you select, so unless you change your audience, all future posts will be shared with the same people.
- Restrict past posts: If you have always made your Facebook posts public and now want to improve your security, limiting old posts will prevent anyone outside of those on your friend’s list from seeing it.
- Timeline and tagging: These settings can be adjusted for who can see tagged photos of you and who can post on your timeline.
- Photos: Profile pictures and cover photos are made public by default. Check to see if your albums and mobile uploads are set to public and set them to the settings you chose.
- Friends and Followers: Few things speak to your character as much as the company you keep, and that’s just as true on online as it is in the real world. Consider changing settings on who can access your friends list.
- Protect my Tweets: By default, your Tweets are all public. Selecting the “Protect my Tweets” option will make all your Tweets private and only visible to followers you’ve accepted.
- Turn off location: Twitter gives you the option to add your current location to your Tweet, but it isn’t a default setting.
- Discover ability: Disabling this option will prevent anyone that has your email address or phone number from searching and finding your Twitter account.
- No tagging in photos: Like Facebook, turning off this setting stops other users from tagging you in a photo they post.
- Account is Private: Making your account private is the easiest way to clean up your Instagram.
Social media doesn’t have to be negative thing. There are ways that you can use it to your advantage and boost your chances of gaining employment or clients, if you are a freelance worker.
Now don’t be too hard on yourself when you are going through a social media clean up. Recruiters don’t expect you to be an angel of perfection. It is okay to have pictures of yourself enjoying a beer/cocktail with friends or sharing a well educated political idea. Every decent employer will know that these are your social media profiles, and what you do with your weekends are ultimately your own business. What they’re looking for here is a degree of confidence in your professionalism, maturity, and overall character. If you don’t already behave cautiously and conscientiously online, now is the time to get into the habit.
- Put Your Best Foot Forward
Although this is a temporary position, it is still important to make a good impression on your supervisor. As a temp employee, everyone gets to see all of you, which is a good thing if you are hoping they will offer you a job. People oftentimes get jobs based on personality and how well they fit into the company culture.
- Ask all questions before accepting a job.
There is nothing worse than starting a new job and getting blindsided by specifics that you should of known prior to your first day. Before you accept the job, make sure you ask some essential questions. Get all the details about the assignment including, qualifications and requirements, reporting supervisor, shift days and time, project length, and project location.
- Always Arrive Early
Getting to work on time is one of the keys of being a successful employee. Take time each day to make sure you leave early enough to arrive on time and be ready to report to work. Check in with your named supervisor or the front desk as soon as you arrive to either be escorted to your desk or project location. If for some reason you have an emergency that prevent you from arriving at your scheduled time, call your staffing agency immediately.
- Familiarize Yourself with the Environment Quickly
A temporary position can quickly become a permanent position. As a temporary employee, you can accomplish more if you ask questions and find out the company expects from you as an employee. Take a minute during the first week to review the company mission statement. You will be able to use this information to conduct yourself well on the job and fit right in with the permanent employees.
- Complete All Given Tasks
When working as a temp, you will want to complete all the tasks you are asked to do to the best of your ability. If you find yourself struggling to finish a task, do not be afraid to ask someone for help. Stay productive and have a good attitude throughout the day, even if a task seems menial and unimportant. Be willing to go the distance and ask for more tasks in order to stay busy. Supervisors will take notice of your productivity and can possible lead to a permanent position.
- Get Feedback on Your Performance
It can be discouraging to receive an assignment and then be told a few short days later that you are no longer needed. This is why it’s important to ask for feedback from the staffing agency who placed you. They can work with the client on any potential issues before they reflect negatively on your performance. You’ll be viewed as proactive rather than negative.
Use these tips to help you survive your first week and beyond at a temporary assignment. Being a temporary employee is not always a negative, it can ultimately be very fulfilling. Utilize this time to grow yourself as an employee and make new connections that could be possibly used in the future. Even if a company does not hire you as a full-time employee, you would of still make a good impression on your reporting supervisor.
Finding a job is already stressful enough without the added pressures of worrying about if your criminal record is going to interfere with your ability to get hired. Depending on what your crime was, when it happened, and the job that you’re applying for, there may be mitigating factors that employers will take into consideration. For instance, there’s a difference between a single instance of a crime 10 years ago, and a dozen convictions. Majority of the time, if your crime is related to the position you are applying for, it can disqualify you from the job. For example, if you were convicted for theft, then the chances of you being hired as bank teller are slim to none. With all this being said, having a criminal record should not deter you from seeking employment. Following these tips can help the job hunt be a bit less stressful.
Know Your Record
Not every single charge, ticket or infraction will show up on a background check. This is often true if you were convicted outside of the state that you are currently living in. The point is that you should be 100% sure of what your criminal background looks like on paper. This will keep you from disclosing anything that you don’t have to.
Take the proactive approach and run a background check on yourself to see the things that your potential employer might find. Knowing exactly what your interviewer is seeing also gives you a great advantage. You will get the chance to think about the questions you will be asked and create good professional answers. There are a number of online sources you can use to run a background check on yourself.
Felony Disclosure: When and What to tell
Always ask, “How does your hiring process work?” This question will give you a lot of insight as to whether a company runs background checks on potential employees.
Sometimes it is best to be honest about your felony background and sometimes you should just keep your mouth shut. This is a judgment call that you will have to make on the spot. If you think that they will run a background check then you need to say something. If they are needing someone ASAP and they never mention anything then just let it go.
Education and Certifications
While looking and waiting for a job opportunity, it is a good idea to get back to your education and certifications. Just because you are a felon does not mean that you shouldn’t be interested in continuing your education. Technical jobs such as carpentry, electrical, plumbing, roofing and welding are easier to get with a felony record than blue collar jobs. There are also many jobs in the technology field, that only care about a potential employee skill and less about other outside personal factors. If you can do the job you are hired.
If you are looking to take college course, start by looking at a local and inexpensive community college. Take classes to keep your skills up to date, take a training program, or complete your GED if you still need it. This is extremely important to employers, it shows you are making progress in a positive direction.
Communication is such an important key in getting a job. Make sure you take time in your interview to ask questions and show your interest in the company. Show the interviewer that you will be an asset to the company and that your skills are valuable.
Re-Entry Programs and Community Organizations
There are many organizations that are given a tax break by the government to hire ex-felons so look out for such organizations as you will have much less of a difficulty finding a job there. Specifically, this tax break is primarily given during the first year after conviction or release. Also, small local businesses will be more welcoming than larger ones. Large companies often need to comply with strict processes and procedures for hiring. It is completely ok to start from the bottom and work your way up to the top.
Finding and landing a job is a lost easier if you have verifiable references that can vouch for your character. It is important that you chose references that are solid and able to communicate clearly to potential employers about your value. Good references will be able to describe your previous jobs, skills and qualifications, and your abilities to perform at this potential job.
Companies that are in need urgent or seasonal workers oftentimes turn to staffing agencies. Staffing agencies are able to help fill the open positions. Those companies understand the benefits of using a staffing agency. They know that the staffing agency can save them time, resources, and provide the necessary expertise. Depending on the needs of the company, staffing agencies can provide services such as finding temporary workers, or providing candidates for temp-to-hire arrangements. Regardless of the employment type, there are certain advantages to employers’ use of staffing agencies, including expertise, cost, availability of workers and employee retention. Here are 6 benefits of using a staffing agency:
- Assistance with Applicant Screening
- Reach a Wider Network of Applicants
- Decrease in hiring costs
- Staffing firms have the time to find passive job seekers
- Knowledge of the Job Market
- Help with Company Branding
Depending on the size of the business, companies can receive hundreds of applications. A lot of these people may not be good matches for the role. Therefore lot of time will be invested in filtering, assessing, matching and communicating with them. Using a staffing agency will mean that you see only candidates who have been pre-selected These candidates will have matched all the criteria that you are looking for and who are worthy of consideration and interview. So instead of interviewing dozens and dozens of employees, you might only have to interview 4 or 5 potential candidates.
In reality some of the best candidates are the hardest to fine. Many staffing agencies have a database of employee and because of this database they able a variety of potential applicants. For some applicants, they chose to use a staffing agency over searching for employment themselves. Majority of the time, corporate recruiters are tied to one specific business. Just like businesses they want to maximize their time and find the right company for them.
Employees are employed by the staffing agency, not the business using their services. It in the long run it decreases the costs the businesses may spend on acquiring new employees. Costs will decrease for the business since they do not have to provide benefits to temporary employees, and they reduce overhead costs such as overtime for regular, full-time employees. Though the per hour cost may a bit more than the hourly cost of full-time employees, temporary employees can be used as little as necessary without being obligated to giving them a 40-hour work week.
Staffing agencies will have access to passive applicants and applicants that might not of been reached by the job posting. By searching for both active and passive candidates, they have access to more qualified applicants in comparison to businesses. Experienced, passive candidates know they can go to staffing firms for information regarding new opportunities. Persuading people that are not searching for another job involves more energy than recruiting people that want to leave their current job.
By being a staffing agency, they will have a better understanding of the current job market. Their finger is always on the pulse. A staffing agency has a better understanding of where to find employees and how to reach out to them.
This is extremely important especially for smaller companies and businesses that might not have the funds to spend on marketing and advertising. Staffing agencies can communicate to potential employees’ insights on the business. If you decide to use a staffing agency it is to your advantage to let them spend time getting to know you and your business, then they should be able to represent you as an employer of choice.
A resume is always needed, when applying for a new job. You hope that your skills, education and experience with help you land the position. However, in order to get the opportunity to meet with a potential recruiter, you need to get invited for an interview. A stand-out resume is the first way to convince a recruiter that you deserve an interview.
Keep the Layout Simple
As a general rule, your resume should not be more than one page in length. Now if a job is asking for 7+ years of experience or you are applying for a senior role, it is acceptable for the resume to be between 2-3 pages in length. Check out TopResume. They go further into detail as to how to determine what resume length you need.
Another way to help your resume stand out is by using a header. Use this space to include your name and contact information and mention the position you’re applying for. It’s a simple, but great way to grab recruiter’s attention. It also helps to bring the resume together and will give it a polished look. Here is a list of the most important sections you should include in your resume:
- Include personal details such as contact information and photo, which is optional
- Career overview
- Summarize your strengths and achievements
- Employment History
- Start with your current or recent position and work backwards
- Include title, dates of employment, summary of duties and responsibilities, and job status (full-time, part-time, temp, etc.)
- This is the place to also include volunteer experience
- If you have gaps between jobs, give a short explanation
- Start with your most recent educational experience first.
- Include, educational institution, degree, and dates
- Achievements and awards
- Include any achievements that are relevant to the job you are applyingfor
- Professional Memberships
- Include any professional organizations that you are an active member of
- Additional Skills
- Include skills that you are proficient in and are relevant to the job
- Also include other languages spoken
It is completely fine of these sections are empty, just leave them off the resume. If you need a little help creating your resume, check out Microsoft Office. They have tons of free resumes and cover letter templates.
Tailor your resume to the job you’re applying for
The truth is, a generic resume that you send to every employer isn’t going to catch the eye of the recruiter who receives it. What they’re really hoping to see is a resume that has been tailored to the job at hand. They want to know that you’ve read their job listing and that you know exactly what they want in a potential employee. And you should tailor your resume
to show off the skills and experience they’re looking for.
It’s worthwhile to make a few tweaks to your resume before sending it off, even though it may take some time. Always review the job listing for the position you’re applying to and figure out what the company is looking for in an employee. Determine what qualities they deem are valuable for their employees to possess. Make sure your resume reflects those skills, so recruiters with see that you’re a perfect fit. This is a major way to make your resume stand out among the rest of the generic resumes.
Use Industry Keywords
Contrary to popular belief, many recruiters do not take the time to read your entire resume. Recruiters will sometimes receive dozens, possibly hundreds of resumes within a week. They do not have the time to read and vet each resume in its entirety. It is especially important to use industry keywords when applying to jobs at large companies. Majority of those companies use a filtering system to skim through your resume to find certain keywords.
Tip: Industry keywords can be found right in the job description. Make sure you read the entire job post and add keywords and skills to your resume.
Add a cover letter to truly stand out
If a job application says to submit a resume, often people will just submit a resume. But, if you submit a cover letter as well, a recruiter is going to be impressed and increases your chances of landing an interview. Use the cover to really brag about yourself and personally explain why you are the best applicant for the job.
DO NOT FORGET TO PROOFREAD!
It is extremely unprofessional to send recruiters a resume with grammatical and spelling errors. It is the quickest way to have your resume end up in the trash.
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