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The Joliet Regional College & Career Fair (formerly known as the Joliet Regional Job Fair) will take place:
Joliet Regional College & Career Fair
Thursday, April 27, 2023 **New Date**
3:00pm - 6:00pm
JJC Event Center
Registration for employers and colleges/universities is coming soon. If you are interested in participating, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
On the hunt for a new job? Find your next big opportunity at the Joliet Regional College & Career Fair! Network with local employers from a variety of industries and apply for positions in almost any field. Remember to bring your resume and to dress professionally.
List of Participating Employers: Coming Soon
Monday April 10: Drop-in Resume Day and Professional Headshots at Main Campus. H-1012 Bridge South. 9 am to 12 pm.
Tuesday April 11: Drop-in Resume Day at Workforce Development. City Center. 9 am to 12 pm.
Wednesday April 12: Drop-in Resume Day at Morris Education Center. 9 am to 12 pm.
Thursday April 13: Drop in University Transfer Assistance. Main Campus. Room H-1012 Bridge South. 9 am to 12 pm.
Start with a strong handshake and a practiced introduction when meeting your first employer. Direct eye contact is also essential when making a first impression. As you introduce yourself include information such as name, college major, work skills and experience, and date available for employment. The recruiter also may ask about your qualifications as they relate to the position, so be ready to discuss several of your strengths.
Be flexible when targeting your employers of interest and manage your time effectively. There may be long lines for the popular employers, especially at the beginning of the Job Fair. Manage your time by visiting other employers until the lines are shorter. Your time at the Job Fair has been well spent if you have visited at least 12 employers during the course of the day.
Be open-minded. Employers consider your experience and skills, not just your education. Introduce yourself to the employers even if your experience is not in demand. If they are not hiring for your area of expertise, ask them to forward your resume to the appropriate department in their company. It is also helpful to ask for a contact name in order to follow up in the future.
Listen effectively when standing in line for a recruiter. You can learn about the position and the employer by listening to what is being said to the person ahead of you in line. Network with other candidates by exchanging information about employers with whom you have made contact.
Take notes. Accurate information will be needed for follow-ups done after the Job Fair. Make notes on the company listing as well as ask for a business card and company information from the recruiter with whom you are speaking.
Follow up with employers after the job fair. Resumes left behind act as a reminder and reinforce the impression you have made with the recruiter. However, do not rely on the recruiter to contact you after the fair.
Identify at least 5 - 10 positions you would like to learn more about and contact the employer by phone or by sending a thank you letter within two weeks of the Job Fair. Initiative is the key to obtaining an offer from an employer you met at the Job Fair.
Ready to find your next school? Many college reps from near and far will be available to answer any questions you have.
List of Participating Colleges & Universities:
Obtain a few copies of your transcript. This can be unofficial transcripts from your JJC student portal or official transcripts ordered through our Registrar’s Office.
Please note that participating colleges and university admission representatives may not be able to give you an on-the-spot admission decision during the fair. However, your transcript will help facilitate a discussion about transfer classes and scholarships opportunities. Bring a notebook and a pen to take notes.
During the fair: Take notes on the various schools you speak with. Take a business card from each admissions representative you speak with and make a note on the back of it that will help you remember the conversation (i.e. something that stood out to you about the school, next steps, a deadline, etc.)
Ask the college and university admission representatives questions. This will help narrow down the type of transfer school you’re interested in and will give you plenty of information to make an informed decision. Remember, they want to talk to you! Below are some sample questions but feel free to ask anything that is important to you.
After the fair: Email or call the admission representative you connected with to set up an individual appointment and a campus tour. Complete admission applications to the schools you are considering and add their school codes to your FAFSA (if applicable).