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For Philadelphia job seekers, the Workplace is the Free Library destination of choice, providing a complete and up-to-date roster of job-search information. Once you feel ready to put your job search skills into practice, follow the link to check out upcoming opportunities in the Philadelphia job fair scene: http://libwww.freelibrary.org/jobseekers/jobfairs_fall2010.pdf

What do I do at a job fair?
If you’re a job seeker with plans to attend a job fair in the near future, your chances for success will improve if you put these suggestions on your “to do” list.

Dress for the occasion
First impressions are lasting. The people staffing the booths are likely to be wearing suits or “office casual” clothing like chinos and a button-down shirt. Your goal is to look like you belong there, too. That means no baggy pants, ripped jeans, flip-flops, or skimpy tops.

Have a resume
It may not get you hired on the spot, but it will be looked at later. Make sure your resume is clean and unwrinkled.

Be prepared for questions
When asked what kind of job you’re looking for, have in mind some kind of work and know whether the employer you are talking with has that kind of job as a possibility.

Offer a firm handshake
Smile and make eye contact.

Be ready with a sentence or two about any job experience
If you haven’t worked before, be ready to speak about your educations, skills, or interests.

Do your research
Get the names of the companies who will be at the job fair. Find out who they are and what kind of work they do.

Good Luck!
 

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Sun, September 12, 2010
Thanks for the good advices. I think the research are very important, how much do you know about the company that just contacted you to schedule that interview. It should be plenty, and all the information you need is easy available online.Visit the company web site, review the company mission statement and hole company history, there products and services, management, an also information about the company culture. The information is usually available in the About Us or FAQ section of the site. Check also Facebook and Twitter. Be prepared both to answer interview questions and to ask the interviewer questions. If you have a connection that will and can help you to find some inside information it will help you a lot.
Bill owenham - texas
Sat, November 13, 2010
Don't underestimate the power of the internet - both as a tool to research for a job interview, but also as a resource to find jobs. As a freelance , all of my work is found over the internet.
Adrienne - Virginia Beach, VA
Sun, February 27, 2011
If you are close to interviewing, be sure and check the insights from Russell Tuckerton on his blog at http://www.interview-aid.com where he provides an inside perspective on how to ace the interview... He also has an article on what really happens at career fairs and how to use it to your advantage! Russell
Russell Tuckerton - Germantown
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