A carnival of opportunities

More than 70 employers scheduled for Oct. 23 job fair

by Alexis Tucker, Managing Editor

The annual job fair at Schoolcraft College is being held in the VisTaTech Center Oct. 23 from 1 to 3 p.m. It is free and open to the public, and attendees are recommended to bring copies of their resume and to dress professionally in business casual. Job seekers do not need to register in advance to attend the event.
With 76 businesses scheduled to attend this event, it can be overwhelming to job seekers. For anyone needing a refresher in job fair etiquette, Schoolcraft has scheduled a Job Fair Etiquette Workshop Oct. 17 at 1 p.m. The goal of the workshop is to get rid of anxiety for job fair attendees and prepare for the job fair. That way attendees can be fully focused on the professional conversations with prospective employers. Topics that will be covered in the Etiquette Workshop include how to prepare, what to wear, what to do when arriving to the fair, how to approach employers, and following up with employers.
Attendees should be well prepared in advance for the job fair, and they should be prepared to explain what they have to offer. A list of employers that will be at the event can be found at schoolcraft.edu/careerservices. Attendees are encouraged to research potential employers ahead of time. With there being many industries, job seekers should talk to many businesses to learn about them, and they should ask as many questions as possible to build a picture about the business.
“Walk around the room a few times to get the lay of the land, and then approach a recruiter that maybe you aren’t initially interested in,” said JoAnne Stadnicar, Career Services Coordinator. “Ask the employer about themselves and what they are looking for in a candidate…If you feel like a good match, give the employer a copy of your resume while explaining you would be a good fit. Always thank the employer for his/her time and ask for a business card.”
Another key part of preparation for an event such as this is the resume. Resumes should target specific things employers would look for in a competent employee, and they should be catered to the employer. There are several Resume Workshops held each semester to help students and community members. The next session is scheduled for Oct. 10 at 10 a.m. in the McDowell Center. For interviewing help, anyone can use Perfect Interview to not only get tips but also to learn how to answer interview questions. Perfect Interview can be found at perfectinterview.com/schoolcraft, and it hosts a series of videos dedicated to prepare users.
“It’s not just meant to supply answers,” said Stadnicar. “Its real purpose is to change how you think about answering interview questions.”
Additionally, job seekers are welcome to use the online College Central job board, which career services hosts to showcase many of the job openings in the area.
For more information regarding the job fair or workshops offered by Career Services, contact 734-462-4421 or [email protected]