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The Young Adult Job Fair: Insider’s Guide

Stressed out about your job prospects? Feeling woefully under-prepared for the Young Adult Job Fair? Don’t freak out—we’ve got your back. Your insider at JPL has one Young Adult Job Fair under her belt, and you’re about to get the inside scoop. Here’s what to do to make the most out of the 2017 Young Adult Job Fair.

Be Prepared
Look the part by wearing your best! Business professional means slacks and a button-up shirt and tie, or a blouse with dress pants or a skirt (not too far above the knee—an inch or two, tops). Bring several copies of your resume, or bring a flash drive and make the JPL/Career Source printing lab your first stop. Free printing will be offered for resumes!

Stand Out from the Crowd
Kill two birds with one stone—knock out your preparation at any of the library’s Job Fair prep workshops and you’ll receive an Early Access Pass that gets you into the Job Fair at 10:00 a.m.—an hour earlier than everyone else. Not only will you have exclusive access to the employers before they’re overrun with other eager applicants…you’ll also show them that you were dedicated enough to do your homework beforehand.

Keep Your Cool
Don’t get tripped up by an employer’s questions. If a hiring representative asks you about your qualifications and experiences, try the The STAR strategy, or Situation, Task, Action, and Result: Start by describing a situation or task you were assigned, whether in a previous job, extracurricular activity, or another responsibility you had. Next, explain the actions you took to accomplish that task. Last, detail the results—how did your actions lead to a successful outcome? Stick to this script and you won’t lose your train of thought and stray from your message (about how awesome you are).


Show Interest, Ask Questions
Don’t let yourself do all the talking! Show your interest in a company by asking the representative questions about the position and what it’s like working for their company. Brainfuse JobNow recommends asking questions like, “What type of person is best suited for the job?” and “What types of skills are you looking for?”

Follow Up
If you’re interested in a company, always ask for the representative’s business card or contact information. Then, follow up after the event! Thank them for taking the time to speak with you and express your interest in the position again. You can also go one step further and refer to a memorable part of your conversation. Not everyone has the initiative to follow up, so you’ll definitely set yourself apart!

In the meantime, try not to stress too much more about the Job Fair. Just get in there and start talking. In no time you’ll be a complete natural—even an insider. If you’ve read this insider’s guide and prepared at the workshops, you’ll impress the pants off those employers. You got this!

Early Access Pass: 

One of the newest additions to this year’s Job Fair is the Early Access Pass. This exclusive pass will allow you to enter the job fair one-hour before it opens to the general public. Attending one or more job readiness workshops hosted at a library branch will earn you the Early Access Pass. There are still a few more opportunities to attend a job readiness workshop. Find the one at your branch below.

Dress for Success: First impressions matter! Learn how to impress employers with a professional appearance.
Saturday, May 20, 3 – 4 p.m., South Mandarin Branch Library
Saturday, May 27, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m., Main Library

Resume Writing: Learn how to write an effective resume that showcases your talents and experience even if you have little or no job history.
Wednesday, May 17, 3 – 4 p.m., West Branch Library
Friday, May 26, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m., Dallas Graham Branch Library

Career Resources:CareerSource will help prepare you for the working world with everything from resume writing to interviewing skills to dress for success.
Monday, May 22, 4 – 5 p.m., Bradham and Brooks Branch Library

If you're looking for some more advice try some of our previous blog entries, So I Landed the Job...What Next? and Job Fair Tips for Sucess and check out our Facebook event!


Guest Post:
Katie Guarino
Library Associate
Main Teen

Jacksonville Public Library