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Want to get the most out of your time at the Connect to Careers Job Fair? Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you.

More than just a one-day event, your visit to the Job Fair will provide you with an opportunity to increase your job prospects, meet with some of Canada’s top employers, learn important job search techniques and prepare you for upcoming professional networking.

Opportunities at the fair include the following:

  • Full-time
  • Part-time
  • Co-op and internships
  • Summer work

Get the most out of your experience by preparing early. Below are some tips and videos to help you get started.

Getting Prepared Before the Fair

The Connect to Careers Job Fair will provide you with an opportunity to meet with employers from a variety of organizations.  Knowing how to develop this meeting into an opportunity for future employment will take you to another level of career success.

Be strategic in your approach.  Take the time to utilize some of the services and resources available through your Career Centre and Co-op Service Departments  and discover how you can change every meeting at a Job Fair into the possibility of landing a great career.

Research Employers.  Take the time to find out more about the employers attending the Fair. Go to the Connect to Careers Job Fair website and read company profiles, check their websites, and learn all that you can about a particular industry so that when a recruiter asks you a question you are able to make a great first impression.

Speak with the Experts.  Stop by your Career Centre and Co-op Services Department.  These experts can help you prepare by providing you with tips and strategies that will make you stand out from the crowd at a job fair.  They will also guide you towards additional resources that are available to assist you in your job search.

Craft a Resume.  Here are some tips to consider as you put together your resume for the fair:

  1. Reflect the “real you”: Detail the skills and experience that demonstrates your qualifications to do the job clearly. Employers deserve an authentic description of your skills and experience from your resume.
  2. Use Evidence: Don’t overstate your abilities in the summary of qualifications. Whatever you indicate in the qualifications summary must be supported by evidence of these achievements within the body of the resume.
  3. Create accomplishment statements: Crafting strong accomplishment statements to describe your experiences (paid and unpaid) can help you target your resume, communicate your skills, and differentiate yourself from the competition. 
  4. Check your grammar: Do a spell check and have someone else review your resume before the fair.
  5. Be consistent: Once you make your stylistic choices on your resume, be sure you follow it through on all your resume content. 

Getting Noticed

Want to stand out from the crowd at the Connect to Careers Job Fair 2017?  Use some of the suggestions below that will help you get noticed:

Create a Business Card. Instead of handing a generic resume to an employer, hand them your business card.  A business card is a great way to make your unique skills and qualities stand out.  Of course the best thing about a business card is that it includes your contact information so that an employer can get in touch with you following the Fair.  Most word programs will have a business card template or visit your local business store for design ideas.  Have questions about what to include on your card?  Drop by Career Centre and Co-op Services Department for help. 

Prepare Questions. Narrow down the employers that you would like to meet at the Fair and prepare questions that you would like to use to start a conversation.  Knowing your questions in advance will help you break the ice with an employer and make your interaction much more memorable to the recruiter.  To help you get started, consider the following:

  • What career paths are available for recent graduates in your organization?
  • What types of skills and qualifications are most described?
  • Are there individuals in your company who would be willing to meet with me following the Fair to discuss what it is like to work in this profession?
  • What criteria are assessed during the interview?
  • Will you be hosting a Company Information Session at McMaster, Redeemer University or Mohawk College?
  • What advice do you have for university or college graduates wishing to pursuer this career field?

I’m at the Fair… Now What?

When you arrive, stop by the Information Booth and pick up the Floor Plan to locate your target employers.  The online Guidebook will provide you with more information on participating employers.  You can also ask your Career and Co-op Services staff for suggestions on navigating your way around the Fair.

Get your Resume Critiqued by an Employer. Employers are willing to provide you tips and suggestions on what will make your resume stand out from the rest.  Remember to have a resume already drafted. For more details, visit our On-Site Services page.

Make a Great First Impression.  Introduce yourself to the employer, avoid simply walking up to a table just to pick up free swag.  The recruiters are at the Fair to meet with you so make every moment count.  Smile and be friendly.  If you don’t know what to say to start the conversation, don’t sweat it.  The recruiters that attend job fairs are professionals and will make sure you feel comfortable when approaching their booth.

Dress for Success.  Business formal or business casual wear.

Take your Time.  The Job Fair is not a race to the finish.  While at the Fair engage in the real networking opportunity.  Establish relationships with employers in a genuine way so that you feel comfortable contacting them after the Fair.  Through networking you will not only have access to the job opportunities posted with the organization but you can also gain an advantage into the hidden job market.

Following the Fair – Carry on the Momentum!

Think of the Job Fair as your introduction to the job search process.  You have had the opportunity to meet with potential employers and discover more about particular career paths.  Now is the time to find out more about what the organizations have to offer.

Following up with an employer that you connect with at the Fair is a great way to continue your job search.

Prepare for your Job Interview.  If you are looking for an opportunity to practice you interview skills – connect with your Career or Co-op Services Departments.  We invite you to meet with us, attend a mock interview to get feedback on your presentation and interview style.  

Meet with your Career or Co-op Services Staff. Make an appointment to meet with a Career or Co-op Advisor and discover how your characteristics, strengths and skills may apply to different career possibilities. 

Stay in Touch.  Continue to check with the Connect to Careers Job Fair 2017 website for updates on the events, news and information.