Getting hired: Stand out at career fairs

Getting hired: Stand out at career fairs


by Abbey Gibb, KGW Staff

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Posted on May 22, 2012 at 11:50 PM

Updated Wednesday, May 23 at 9:22 AM

PORTLAND -- Career fairs offer a guaranteed chance for a one-on-one interview, or at least a meet-and-greet. But with hundreds applying, how does a job seeker get noticed?

A local recruiter shared tips with KGW for the best ways to stand out among the many job candidates.

# 1: Know what type of job you want

"Especially if they've been out of work, they feel they should be flexible. But it's better if they say, '"Here's the kind of duties that I want to do,'" advised Marianne Moore, president of Action Employment Services in Portland.

# 2: Ask them questions

"What sort of positions do you see coming in the next year? What sort of skills do you look for?" Asking these questions, Moore said, will set the applicant apart.

# 3 Look the part

Moore laughed, "We have people that schlep in seriously wearing sweatpants."

# 4 Carry a paper resume in addition providing an electronic version

# 5 Do your homework on the company

# 6 Be assertive

"A lot of people just lay their resume in there and think that does all the work. You've got to reiterate it and sell your background for the skills they need," Moore said.

# 7 Swap business cards

# 8 Follow up

"Go back later and thank them for their time. You can start emailing and create a dialog that way," Moore said.

# 9 Attend many job fairs, like this one coming up on May 29: 

11 am-2:00 pm at the Red Lion Hotel on the River, 909 N. Hayden Island Drive in Portland, 97217

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