For many of us, me included, the prospects of actively looking for a job seems to be so daunting, that after mulling over the best way to start we find ourselves waiting until a better time. There are a lot of different approaches to job hunting these days. Probably the easiest is to just to search for a job from your computer. You can also try your luck at communing with the universe and wait to see what comes your way like our friend in the red tie!
You could be innovative and use a large sign to beg through the window. You never know, these could work. However, why not head on over to the upcoming Marion Campus Job, Internship and Education Fair on Thursday, March 9, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Alber Center Gymnasium. We are expecting about 90 vendors and educational institutions to set up tables for your convenience. It is like a one-stop shopping opportunity!
Now, to be honest, I have heard from a few friends that they think these types of events are a waste of time. However, what they are really saying is that they wasted their time at the fair! Using your computer for a job search is easy. Why you can even do it in your pajamas! But if that becomes a habit, it would be easy to forget that there are other effective ways to move your search forward outside of your cozy living room. Habit and routine are not always the best thing in trying to find the best fit for you in the job market or educational opportunities. So, right now, put March 9th in your appointment book as the day you are going to get out there and meet some people who are there to help you!
“What will this event offer?” you may ask. Well, I am going to tell you! First off, this will give you the opportunity to meet representatives from many companies and organizations is a less-formal setting, helping you to break the ice and build your self-confidence in this journey to your future.
You will have the chance to practice your “elevator pitch” as you speak with the representatives, according to fellow blogger Jacob Share. There are times when you only have a short time to sell yourself and this is a great way to hone that skill. Be sure and bring copies of your resumes to submit on the spot, and dress professionally to impress that possible future employer.
The job fair setting allows you to learn about the industries and career opportunities you may have not thought about, or even imagined were out there. You will be able to compare companies and learn about the demand for your unique skill sets, Share suggests (1). Gather as much information as you can about the vendors and/or educators being represented so you can make informed choices concerning your future endeavors. If you are a veteran, let us know and you will get a 15-minute early start to talk to the employers and schools.
Networking is a much under-used job fair tactic! Take the opportunity to talk to the other job seekers attending the event, Share recommends (1). Compare experiences, share tips and feedback, and help each other out. An ulterior motive in meeting the other attendees could be to assess your competition, Share states (1). I don’t mean this in a sneaky way, but this could give you some ideas on how to stand out and impress certain employers. Take the chance to use all these experiences as a learning opportunity.
To further help in ensuring you have a positive experience at the Marion Campus Job, Internship and Education Fair, other Career Week events will be offered in the days leading up to the big event.
- Monday, March 6 – Rock Your Resume: Get help with your resume as 12:30 p.m. and 5:15 p.m.
- Tuesday, March 7 – Coffee and Cover Letters: The perfect resume needs the perfect cover letter. 9 a.m.– 11 a.m.
- Tuesday, March 7 – Job Fair Readiness 12:30 p.m. and 5:15 p.m.
- Wednesday, March 8 – Fashion Show at 12:30 p.m.. No need to wonder what to wear for that first meeting with a prospective employer. We will show you!
- Wednesday, March 8 – Ohio Means Jobs Presentation 1 p.m.
Further details on the above events will be posted on the MTC website and Facebook pages
Here is your chance to let employers know what you have to offer. Don’t miss the opportunity. There are a lot of opportunities out there – unlike in the days of long, long, long, long ago!
By: Sylvia See, ASAP student and student ambassador
(1: Ideas are from a blog by Jacob Share: “25 Reasons Job Fairs Are Not a Ridiculous Waste of Time”, 10-5-2016)