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Prepare for Your Future! Key Pointers to Help You Stand Out

Job fairs are the without a doubt the best way for hard workers around the nation to pound the pavement and reach for their career aspirations. They provide countless opportunities for employers to meet potential hires and gain more perspectives about ones work experience in addition to their educational background. Citizens can prepare to take advantage of the networking opportunities, as well as research positions within companies at the 5th Annual Congressional Job Fair hosted by Congresswoman Terri Sewell on Thursday August 11, 2016 beginning at 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.. The job fair will take place at the BJCC North/South Exhibition Hall located at 2100 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd North. An estimated 125 Employers will participate including: Coca Cola Bottling Company; U.S. Department of State; Alabama Power and Home Depot. According to recent studies from the Job Search Coach, below we’ve listed a few do’s and don’ts, along with valuable techniques that can help future employees gain an edge and stand out among the competition:

Before you attend job fairs:

  1. Choose appropriate clothing. Don’t wear casual clothes! You are actually showing up for a series of mini job interviews with potential employers, so dress for the occasion.
  2. Update your resume. Your most recent employer should be listed first under your work profile.
  3. Have business cards handy. Place a note on the back of those you collect with what interests you most about the employer. With all opportunities surrounding you, it can be easier to keep your career interests organized.

While you’re there:

  1. Respect your interviewers. Their day is longer than yours. Stick to time limits when you’re interviewing and practice your answers beforehand.
  2. Show your patience. Waiting in long lines can test your tolerance. Don’t jump the queue, and don’t complain about delays. Instead use your mobile device to research your next move or network with those around you.
  3. Ask smart questions. Take the time to find out how the company works and the rhythm of their office environment.

After the job fair:

  1. Send thank you notes. Let the interviewer know that you appreciate their time and the opportunity that they afforded you. It’s also a good idea to remind them why you’re the best candidate and include your contact information where they can respond back to you if they have additional questions that they didn’t get to ask you during the interview.

This article is a contribution from Chiara Perry (chiara.perry@birminghamal.gov) in the Birmingham City Council Public Information Office. For more information please contact 205.254.2294.