We attended the Ivy Tech Career Fair on November 7th which for Sara Jordan and I was a new experience. We were fortunate to have a career fair expert on our team – Elizabeth Szentes! It is fair to say that by the end of the day we were working as a well-oiled machine – instinctively helping each other without being asked. This was one of the best examples of team work I have both witnessed and been lucky enough to be part of in a long time.
We met a diverse mix of job seekers, most of whom were extremely professional, pleasant and well-prepared for the event. Unfortunately, in contrast, this made the less-than-ideal candidates stand out somewhat like a sore thumb! We were able to identify a number of key areas which served as general criteria for ‘dos and don’ts’ at a career fair:
- Do not chew gum when talking to potential employers
- Do not wear inappropriate headwear such as oversized cowboy hats, ear-warmers or ‘hunter hats’
- Do listen to the answer after asking a question
- Do dress professionally
- Do have a strong introduction prepared
- Do remember your manners (you don’t want ‘Teacher’ Chabot to have to remind you to say please as indeed happened!)
- Do print your resume on quality paper – without any spelling or grammatical errors!
- Do not under any circumstances flirt with potential employers