The Joliet Regional College & Career Fair (formerly known as the Joliet Regional Job Fair) will take place:
Joliet Regional College & Career Fair
JJC Event Center
Registration for employers and colleges/universities is now closed.
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:
- Addus Home Care
- Advocate Aurora Health Care
- Alden Estates of Shorewood
- Arcadia Care Morris
- BASES Autism Services
- Belhaven Nursing and Rehabilitation
- Bobbie Noonan's Child Care LLC
- Butler Hospitality
- Carlin Horticultural Sales
- Child Care Resources & Referral
- Chipotle Mexican Grill
- Cintas Corporation
- Com Ed
- Cornerstone Services Inc.
- Crate & Barrel, CSL Plasma,
- D'Arcy Automobiles
- Dealer eProcess
- Dollar Tree Distribution Center
- Elite Ambulance
- European Wax Center
- Farmers Insurance
- FedEx Ground
- First American Bank
- Friendship Home Care LLC
- Girl Scouts, Greater Joliet Area YMCA
- Harrah's Joliet Casino and Hotel
- Illinois Department of Children & Family Services
- Illinois Department of Corrections
- Illinois Department of Human Services
- Illinois Marine Towing
- Illinois Tool Works
- ITG Transportation
- JoJo's Shake BAR
- Joliet Job Corps Center
- JJC Human Resources,
- JJC Admissions
- JJC Police Department
- Joliet Public School District 86
- Lauren Underwood for Congress
- Little Learner Children's Academy
- Malone Solutions
- Meadowbrook Manor
- Milano Bakery
- Mokena Police Department
- Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers
- Novaspect/Midwest Valve Services
- NuMark Credit Union
- Oldcastle APG Northfield On Target Home Inspection
- Pace Suburban Bus
- Pizzo & Associates Ltd.
- Posh Hospitality Group
- Proctor & Gamble
- Providence Life Services
- Quad Plus Testing
- Readerlink Distribution
- Sanchez and Associates PC
- Silver Cross Hospital
- SMS-Group Inc.
- SureStaff Services
- TFWW-TForce Worldwide
- The Reserves Network
- Tramco Pump Company
- Tyson Foods
- United States Air Force
- Valley View School District 365U
- Valley View School District 365U Transportation
- Walterscheid Inc. Woodridge
- Will County Circuit Clerk's Office
- Willow Falls Senior Living
- Wolter Inc.
- BRING YOUR RESUME. Come prepared with several copies. Links to sample resumes below.
- JJC students, alumni and community members can attend.
- Request a virtual resume appointment by contacting email@example.com
- Dress Professionally as you would for an interview.
- Review the web sites of the employers to learn more about the companies listed below, and make a list of those you want to meet.
- Only job seekers will be admitted. Please, no guests.
Day of the Job Fair
- Be prepared for day of on-site interviews
- Resume review and printing available
Before the Fair
During the Fair
Steps to Take at the Job Fair
- Dress for an interview.
- Bring 30-to-40 resumes in a portfolio, small briefcase, folder or large envelope. The portfolio also is handy for carrying all the company information, business cards, etc. that you will pick up during the Job Fair.
- Arrive in time to review the information you may be given at the door. Select the companies to visit.
- When you arrive at the company's table you selected, there may be a line. When you get to the front, give a 30-second or less presentation. (For example: "My name is... I'm interested in your organization because... What kind of opportunities might exist for someone like me?" etc.)
- Leave your resume with the company recruiter.
- Make sure you get company information and a business card from all companies of interest to you.
- Take notes on your conversations with company recruiters. It will make your follow-up with employers much easier and also allow you to remember important points of the conversation.
- Within two weeks after the Job Fair, follow-up with email or phone calls to the recruiters to indicate your interest in specific positions or in working for that company. Those who follow up get the jobs!
Making Contact with Employers
Common Questions to Expect from Employers
- Tell me about yourself.
- Why did you choose to attend/not attend college?
- What interested you about our organization?
- Why do you want this position? Why our organization?
- Why do you think that you will be successful in this field?
- What are your short-term goals?
- Tell me about your work experience.
- What three things are most important to you in a job?
- What major problems have you encountered and how did you deal with them?
- Are you willing to travel?
- What are your strengths/weaknesses?
Sample Questions to Ask the Job Fair Employer
- Please describe the positions available in _________.
- What qualifications are important for this position?
- What career paths are available after starting in this position?
- Is relocation/travel required for this position?
- How can I reach you in order to follow-up on this position?
- I have a background in _________. Would this qualify me for your position?
Common Reasons for Rejection
- Poor personal appearance
- Lack of planning for career - no goals or purpose
- Lack of enthusiasm and interest
- Failure to ask questions
- Inability to express yourself clearly, poor voice, diction, grammar
- Timid, lacks sufficient degree of assertiveness
- Unwilling to relocate
- Poor eye contact
- Weak handshake
Increasing Your Effectiveness
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.
After the Fair
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.
Participating Colleges & Universities
List of Participating Colleges & Universities:
- American College of Education
- Aurora University
- Benedictine University
- Chicago State University
- Columbia College Chicago
- DePaul University
- DeVry University
- Eastern Illinois University
- Elmhurst University
- Governors State University
- Illinois State University
- Lewis University
- National Louis University
- North Central College
- Olivet Nazarene University
- Purdue University Fort Wayne
- Roosevelt University
- Saint Xavier University
- Southern Illinois University Carbondale
- University of Illinois Chicago
- University of Illinois Springfield
- University of St. Francis
- Western Governors University
- Western Illinois University
Before the Fair
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
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.
- Do you have the program in which I am interested? What similar majors do you have?
- What are your admission requirements?
- What are the application deadlines?
- What academic support resources do you offer?
- Are there courses I need to complete prior to transfer?
- How would I go about having my credits evaluated?
- What is the typical class size at your institution?
- What is the financial aid process at your school?
- What is the tuition at your school? What types of fees do you charge?
- Are there any scholarships available for transfer students?
- What is campus life like at your institution? Is it easy to get involved?
After the Fair
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).