Let’s go to the fair – job fair, that is

If you are looking for your first job right out of high school or college, or if you are dissatisfied with your current job and want to explore your possibilities, you can go online to the many job-recruiting websites (Indeed, Monster) to see what might be available in your field and your city.

Another route to a satisfying job can be attending any of the dozens of job fairs across the state.

Pure Michigan Talent Connect has a job-fair calendar at its website, mitalent.org/calendar. You can browse the different recruiting possibilities and plan to attend those that sound interesting in areas near you.

If you find one that interests you, it might pay off to do some research and show up looking like you want to work.

Top Resume suggests you take the following steps to have the best chance at getting the job you want:

  • Pre-register for the event.If pre-registration is available, take advantage of it. Recruiters can review your materials in advance to see if you are the perfect fit.
  • Research the company.If the recruiter asks if you have any questions, it helps immensely if you have looked up information on the company and have specific questions about the job. And if you know about the company, you can impress the recruiter by knowing what the job entails and how you could be the person to hire.
  • Make a game plan.Instead of wandering aimlessly from table to table deciding who to approach, plan what companies you are interested in and plan to speak with them first. If the job fair offers a floor plan, you can find out where a particular table is located and visit that station without wasting time.
  • Prepare and print your resume.Coming prepared with a professional-looking, up-to-date resume is another must. If you don’t have a resume, there are plenty of templates online. Microsoft Word has dozens of fill-in-the-blank examples, and Michigan Works! will help you with your resume as well.
  • Know what might be asked ahead of time.There are some interview questions that are standard, and if you are prepared you can answer them with confidence. Here is a link to some commonly asked interview questions: com/career-advice/interview-questions-that-stand-the-test-of-time.

On the day of the job fair, be mentally prepared. Smile and offer a firm handshake, looking the person in the eyes. Have a 15- to 30-second “elevator speech” memorized so you can summarize your interest in their job and how you are qualified to fill the opening. Other proactive moves are:

  • Ask the company representative for a business card.Not only will this help you remember the name of the person who interviewed you, it will also come in handy for sending the thank-you note.


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