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Two Tips on Job Fair Etiquette

We hear and read tons of information on the do’s and don’ts when interviewing.  Did you know that many of the same practices carry over to job fair etiquette?  We recently attended a job fair and were flabbergasted by what we observed. 

 Though many job seekers were in full suits and dressed appropriately, in some cases, their actions muted their professional appearance. 

Tip #1:  As soon as you walk into a job fair be mindful of your actions.  You are on display to your next poetential employer.  Regardless if you are talking directly with a company representative or a friend in line make sure that you are always professional.  Your body language and verbal communication may be the first impression that drowns out your very nicely pressed suit and tie… make sure to make it a great one.

Even though your diction when talking to friends may be different when you are at work many people directly relate a person’s speech to their intelligence and professionalism.  Keep in mind that depending on the culture of the company you are applying to certain things are more or less acceptable.  So how do you know? Do your research on the company before you get there.  With most job fairs a public posting of the company vendors will be available. 

Okay, so we got tip number one down. We also saw those that had AMAZING resumes but their attire was simply inappropriate.  Which brings us to tip number two.

Tip #2:  Many companies do in fact offer on the spot interviews at job fairs whether it be formal or informal.  Dress to impress.  Expect that on the spot interview that can land your next career.  Always remember that dressing professionally doesn’t necessarily mean a new outfit that breaks the bank.  Afterall you are, potentially, unemployed.  Keep it clean, pressed and neat.  If you feel that you simply don’t have anything interview, aka job fair, ready you should look into charitable programs in the area that offer interview training and clothing for FREE or at incredibly low prices… they do exist.  Take a look at the photo examples below.

Remember:

First impressions are formed in 7 seconds. 38% of a first impression is based on inflection and tone of voice (how you say things), 7% is based on what you actually say, and a whopping 55% of a first impression comes from NONVERBAL cues! In short, more than half of every first impression is based on how you look!

Wear bold colors. Blues and red are power colors that can be impressive in the interviewing process. Do not wear anything revealing and wear something that YOU feel comfortable in.

A lot of what you should wear to an interview depends on what industry you’re trying to get a job in! There is the conservative look, artsy, fashionable…

Ask yourself when looking for interview outfits:

  • What position are you interviewing for?
  • Is it low, medium or high-level?
  • What industry is the job in?

In addition to these two aforementioned tips remember to be prepared for your job fair.  Bring plenty of resumes and have them available in a nice folder.  Keep a pen and notepad handy to write down any additional information.  Always ask for a business card from contacts at companies that you are interested in for follow up.  Follow up with potential employers within 48 hours.  Arrive early.  You may have a long line to compete with.  Expect the best from job fairs but keep in mind when they advertise over 100 vendors participating they are including colleges recruiting students and local community assistance organizations as well.

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The Benefits of Working with a Staffing Firm

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Why should you work with a staffing firm?

Staffing and recruiting companies are committed to bringing the right people and the right companies together. Whether you want a temporary, contract, part-time, or permanent position, working with a staffing company is an easy way to improve your job search.

Regardless of the industry or geographic location in which you want to work, there is a staffing company to help. Staffing companies match millions of people to millions of jobs in the U.S. and abroad every day.

How can you work with a staffing firm?

There are three main types of job placements in the staffing industry, according to the American Staffing Association:

  • Temporary or contract: You work for a staffing firm’s customer on an interim basis
  • Temp-to-perm or temp-to-hire: You work for a staffing firm’s customer on a trial basis to determine if the job is a good fit for your skills, interests, and career goals—if so, you become the customer’s employee
  • Direct hire or permanent: You are recruited by the staffing firm and then hired by its customer

Reasons to work with a staffing firm

Staffing companies are not only looking for administrative and short-term manual labor positions but also for executives and professionals searching for full-time employment. Below are a few of the reasons you should work with a staffing company during your next job search. Also, please read the American Staffing Association’s graph of the best reasons  to work with a staffing company.

  1. Get the inside scoop on new openings: Staffing companies work with a variety of companies. Many businesses turn to staffing companies to fill certain positions and never advertise the opening themselves.
  2. Save time: Staffing companies specialize in position types, areas, industries, or even companies. Thus, they know the job market and know the cultures on the companies for which they are recruiting.
  3. Put flexibility and work in the same sentence: If you are looking for time to live life while still making ends meet, working with a staffing company could be the best career move you ever make. Staffing companies place you in part-time or contract work that fits your life.Maybe you want to take a trip to Europe for a month or maybe you need the summers off to watch your kids while school’s out. Either way, a staffing company can help you find a project or company that is right for you.
  4. Work part time and get benefits: When you go on temporary assignments for a staffing company, you are normally employed by the staffing company and could be eligible for vacation, holidays, health insurance, retirement plans, and more.
  5. Free training: Temporary employees get free training from staffing companies to improve their skills and go on more assignments. This is a great way to boost your knowledge and experience before looking for a permanent gig.
  6. Never get bored: As an employee of a staffing company, you get to select the short-term assignments you want to take. You get the opportunity to work in a variety of industries and with different people on numerous projects and tasks. The opportunities are endless.
  7. Go from temp to perm: According to the American Staffing Association, about 75 percent of temporary and contract employees move on to permanent jobs. Thus, a temp job can be a great way to try out a company’s culture.

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