for Job Seekers
Each spring in April, Illinois Valley Community
College's office of Career Services sponsors the Annual Job Fair.
- Do I need to pre-register for
the job fair?
All Job Seekers will be asked to sign in at the registration area on the day
of the Job Fair. The registration will include a brochure with employer
names and table numbers. Job Seekers will also receive a survey to
complete and turn in before leaving. (The survey results help us make the
follow job fair a better event.)
- Who may attend the job fair?
This college district-wide job fair is open to the public and is free to
all job seekers.
- What types of positions were
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.
- How do I prepare for a job
Professional attire is best - wear comfortable shoes.
Have plenty copies of your résumé on hand - you never know who might be
interested. Your résumé should be current and relevant to the position(s)
you are interested in. (read more...preparation is KEY!)
- What do you consider
impressions count. Dressing
appropriately gives you more confidence and credibility. Remember clothes say a lot about you:
clothing is a non-verbal communication.
Begin with the basics: well-styled, understated outfits. Avoid frayed,
wrinkled, or soiled clothing. Avoid clothes that are too short, tight, baggy, boldly colored, revealing
or trendy. No flashy jewelry - don’t accessorize to excess. Go for a finished look.
Have neat, tidy comfortable hair style.
If you have facial hair, it should be neat and trim. Use little or
no cologne or perfume.
- What if I do not have a résumé?
A résumé is a summary of who you are and when presented
properly, your résumé should demonstrate why you are the best candidate
for the position. Take advantage of the Résumé Builder in our on-line job
search resource system - which is powered by College Central Network. Not
using this free system yet? Visit www.collegecentral.com/ivcc
to create your password protected account.
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 is not allowed at the job
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. Friends and family can slow you down and
be distracting for everyone. The
job fair is an opportune time for you to meet employers face-to-face and
discuss your strengths and abilities with them.
Take advantage of
all that potential under one roof.
Remember, on the day of the Job Fair, those recruiters are there just
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