April 3, 2013
In my short time at FM as the Education and Career Planning Specialist, I have had the opportunity to see firsthand how the college continuously involves the community in a variety of different events and activities. One such event is FM’s annual job fair. In conjunction with FMS Workforce Solutions and The Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce, FM will host the fair on Wednesday, April 17 from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. in the gymnasium, located in the Physical Education Building. Currently, we expect at least fifty employers from a variety of different sectors, and as equally important, we also anticipate a good mix of job seekers.
Whether you’re a new graduate, someone who has lost their job due to the struggling economy, or a seasoned professional just looking for a change, we expect that you can benefit from attending this year’s job fair. Even if you are not sure that the exact job you are looking for will be found at the fair, it is always invaluable to network and practice interviewing skills in preparation of what could potentially turn into the start of a career. But what exactly is it that prospective employers are looking for? If you were to ask a pool of people this question, you would have various answers. Depending on the field in which you are striving to gain employment, you will want to highlight certain characteristics of your personality, work style, education, etc. There are, however, some commonalities that employers seek.
When attending a job fair, going on an interview, or any other initial meeting with a potential employer, your appearance is the first thing that will be noticed. Whether or not the position to which you are applying requires that you wear business attire, it is important to dress and act in a professional, conservative manner. Remember, you might be interviewed and potentially work for one of these employers someday.
Before the fair, be sure to obtain a list of potential employers and “do your homework.” Employers like to know that you have some knowledge about their company; it shows that you are serious and interested in employment with them. During the fair, be sure to always introduce yourself before you start a conversation with a prospective employer, and make sure you know more about the company than you did prior to your conversation. Although this is your time to “sell yourself,” end the conversation before the recruiter. Remember, there are several job seekers that are also waiting, so keep it short and sweet, but use your time wisely to promote yourself in a positive manner and learn more about the companies that most interest you. Always have more than enough copies of your resume; you certainly don’t want to run out. Lastly, always ask for business cards and send a letter of interest and thank employers for their time. Don’t be afraid to remind the employer of something you discussed so they remember exactly who you are. Remember, you want to stand out amongst the crowd.
We welcome community members from Fulton, Montgomery, and surrounding counties to join us for this annual job fair sponsored by Fulton Montgomery Community College, FMS Workforce Solutions, and the Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce. We look forward to seeing you at this historically well attended event.
Andrea Scribner is the Education and Career Planning Specialist at FM.