UNION — How do you turn a job fair into a job offer?
That’s going to be the subject of a workshop Monday, July 27 at 9 a.m. at the SCWorks office on Main Street in downtown Union. The workshop, “How To Turn A Job Fair Into A Job Offer,” will be conducted by Jennifer Little, director of the Spartanburg Community College Career Services Office. The workshop is designed to help prepare job-seekers for the Aug. 6 Union County Industry Job Fair that will be held at the Union County Advanced Technology Center.
The workshop takes its title from “Turn A Job Fair Into A Job Offer” by Harry Dahlstrom which explains the job fair process and how job-seekers can maximize their chances of getting a job offer through that process. The book looks at what is involved to prepare for a job fair including the updating and polishing of a resume; creating a career portfolio; dressing for success; preparing a sales pitch; what questions to expect from recruiters; and what questions to ask — and not ask — recruiters.
The book also discusses what to during the job fair including developing a game plan; giving yourself a pep talk; making a good impression; and networking with other job-seekers in attendance. It also discusses the aftermath of the job fair including making yourself memorable; thanking the job recruiters; keeping your applications in motion; and the importance of being persistent.
Free copies of “Turn A Job Fair Into A Job Offer” are available at the Union County Advanced Technology Center and Spartanburg Community College.
Also available at the Advanced Technology Center and the SCC campus is a “Career Fair” tips bookmark that begins by asking “Employers are looking. What will they find in you?” It then offers the following tips to help job-seekers get an interview:
• Professional attire is best
• Bring a marketable resume
• Shake hands firmly upon introducing yourself
• Speak clearly and concisely
• Maintain eye contact with the representative
• Show interest and enthusiasm
It then lists the things that can undermine a job-seekers’ chances of getting a job interview:
• Poor attitude and attire
• Failure to prepare
• Vague goals and lack of focus
• Poor people skills
• Messy applications
• Loot the booth: Don’t just load up on company freebies and leave.
Union County Industry Job Fair
The goal of the workshop is to prepare job-seekers for the Union County Industry Job Fair which will be held from 2-7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 6 at the Advanced Technology Center.
The job fair, which is sponsored by the Advanced Technology Center, SCWorks, and the Union County Economic Development Board, will be different from other job fairs in that it is designed to provide on-site interview opportunities between job-seekers and representatives of the companies that will be participating. The companies participating in the job fair include:
• Construction Resource Group
• Standard Textile
• Belk Distribution
• Dollar General Distribution
• Vapor Apparel
• Milliken (both local plants)
• Union County School District
The following positions will be available for job-seekers:
• Biotech Staff
• Waste Water Construction
• General Warehouse
• Bus Drivers
• Production & Machine Operators
• Sewing Operators
• Forklift Operators
• Material Handlers
In addition to providing job-seekers with opportunities for face-to-face interviews with the participating companies, the job fair will also provide them with “resume checkups.” The checkups will be conducted by the director the SCC Career Services Office who will critique resumes and offers suggestions for improving them. Job-seekers can then use an online template at the Advanced Technology Center (www.sccsc.edu/tips/) to retype their resumes and make the recommended changes.
The job fair will also make extensive use of social media including providing job-seekers with the opportunity to put selfies on Facebook or other social media sites in a professional selfie area. There will also be a hashtag — #mfgjobsunion.sc — that job-seekers can use.
Another unique feature of the job fair will be a “Most Professionally Dressed” contest. The contest is designed to encourage job-seekers to dress professionally for the job fair and interviews. The winner of the contest will receive two tickets to Biltmore Estates.
In addition, there will be a cookout during the duration of the job fair with free food served by local officials to the job-seekers and company representatives.
For more information on the “How To Turn A Job Fair Into A Job Offer” workshop and the Union County Industry Job Fair call 864-466-1060.
The title of this book is the inspiration for a workshop that will be held Monday, July 27 at 9 a.m. at the SCWorks office on Main Street in downtown Union. The workshop, “How To Turn A Job Fair Into A Job Offer,” is designed to help prepare job-seekers for the Union County Industry Job Fair on Aug. 6 at the Union County Advanced Technology Center. Free copies of the book are available at the Union County Advanced Technology Center and the campus of Spartanburg Community College.
This bookmark provides tips on what to do and not do at a job fair in order to get a job interview with a prospective employer. The bookmarks are available for free at the Union County Advanced Technology Center and the campus of Spartanburg Community College. A workshop will be held Monday at the SCWorks office on Main Street in downtown Union to provide job-seekers with important information on preparing for the Union County Industry Job Fair at the Advanced Technology Center on Aug. 6.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090 or [email protected]