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FAQ for Job Seekers


Job Fair 2014: Your Ticket To Opportunity

  • When and where is the job fair?
    The 23rd annual Job Fair will be held Thursday, April 17, 2014.  The event will be held in the Illinois Valley Community College Gymnasium on IVCC's main campus, 815 North Orlando Smith Road, Oglesby, Illinois.
  • How can I register for the job fair?
    All Job Seekers are asked to sign in at the registration area on the day of the Job Fair.  The registration includes an employer list by industry, floor plan, brochure with employer names, and table numbers as well as information on some of the positions they may be hiring for.  Job Seekers also receive a survey that you will complete and turn in before leave, making you eligible for a prize drawing.
  • Who may attend the job fair?
    This college district-wide job fair is open to the public and is free to all job seekers.  Career Services also hosts a variety of pre-job fair workshops and Job Fair Preparation Events throughout the year to assist job seekers in job fair success.
  • What types of positions are available at the job fair?
    A variety of employers attend the job fair each year and represent industries including manufacturing, healthcare, financial services, as well as others.  You may find which employers register for the Job Fair on the Career Services' Job Fair 2014 Employer Listing web page for examples.
  • How do I prepare for a job fair?
    It is important for job seekers to come to the job fair dressed in interview attire.  Remember that you will be making a favorable first impression with a person who may be your future employer.  Additionally, job seekers should come to the job fair with 10 to 20 copies of your résumé.  Your résumé should be in good form and on quality paper.
  • What do you consider "interview attire"?
    As a job seeker, you should come dressed as you would for a job interview.  Your clothing should be clean and neat and you should be well-groomed.  For men, appropriate interview attire is a sport jacket and dress slacks, for women it is a skirt or dress slacks and a jacket.  The colors you wear should be conservative, along with keeping your jewelry items to the minimum.  For specific questions regarding interview attire, write to Cathy_Buck@ivcc.edu.  
  • What if I do not have a résumé?
    A résumé is an excellent tool to show the employer your skills and abilities, educational background and work history.  If you need assistance preparing your résumé or would like to have your résumé reviewed by a professional, contact the Career Services Office at IVCC if you are a student, or you may visit one of the Illinois Employment and Training Centers if you are a district resident.  If it is close to the date of the job fair and you do not have a résumé, be prepared to complete a job application.  Bring the correct names, addresses, and phone numbers of all past employers with you on a sheet of paper.  You will be able to complete job applications at the job fair.
  • What did the previous job fair look like?
    In 2011 there were 850 job seekers and 55 employers who participated.  See what previous fairs looked like by viewing the Job Fair 2010 picturesJob Fair 2009 pictures, and Job Fair 2008 pictures.
  • What is not allowed at the job fair?
    There are several things to keep in mind about job fair behavior to maximize your job fair experience.
        a.) Your cell phone should be turned "off".  You should give an employer your undivided attention.  A ringing cell phone is distracting and should not be used during the job fair.
        b.) You should visit each employer table by yourself.  The job fair is not a place for children or a place for you to congregate with friends.  The job fair is an opportune time for you to meet employers face-to-face and discuss your strengths and abilities with them.
  • More questions? Contact Cathy_Buck@ivcc.edu.

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