Getting an Employer to Notice You at Career Fairs

Monday, May 14, 2018

It’s career fair season opener in Minnesota.

Career fairs offer a great opportunity to connect with employers. Those connections could lead to a job interview, and expand your network. Don’t underestimate the power of networking: Eighty-five percent of jobs are filled through networking, according to a LinkedIn study.

DEED’s career fair calendar was packed in 2017:

  • The 17th annual Get Jobs Career fair held in Eagan attracted 109 exhibitors and more than 1,100 career seekers.
  • The 8th annual Northland Career fair in Duluth attracted 116 exhibitors and over 550 career seekers.
  • The 11th annual Veterans Career Fair in Bloomington brought in 183 exhibitors and more than 600 career seekers.
  • The State of Minnesota Career Fair in St. Paul brought together 30 state agencies and more than 3,500 career seekers.

Make the Most of the Career Fair Experience

How can you put your time attending a career fair to the best possible use? How do you persuade an employer to give you a networking meeting or make a contact that will get you closer to that new job? How do you find career fairs in your area?

First, post your resume on MinnesotaWorks.net before the career fair. Put your resume in a format (such as chronological or skills-based) that best presents your accomplishments, skills, experience and education and is error-free.

The MinnesotaWorks.net system template and resume match feature are both designed and work best for a chronological resume. When you upload a resume into MinnesotaWorks.net, the resume data will be pulled into the ‘chronological’ formatted template.

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