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Take time to prepare for job fair at FMCC

On April 19, from noon to 3 p.m. in the Raiders Den (Fulton-Montgomery Community College’s gymnasium), all are invited to our campus to take part in the annual job fair. In collaboration with the FMS Workforce Solutions Center and the Fulton and Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce, we welcome all students, alumni and community members. An array of employers will be present for this event in search of employees with various skills, talents, experience and education. 

Many people might consider attending a job fair but are already employed or haven’t yet completed their degree. Some might ask, “Why attend a job fair when you can find employment opportunities online?” The answer: There are many reasons.  Networking is invaluable, and at a job fair, you can be certain that you’ll have the opportunity to meet several employers in the short amount of time that you are there. You’ll have a chance to make a great first impression with a potential employer even before they look at your resume.  Remember, you want to leave a positive impression with employers, so be sure to be prepared.

Not every employer you meet may have current employment opportunities, but that likely means that they anticipate openings in the near future. You can learn about the qualifications that are needed for jobs you find of interest. If you are thinking about starting or advancing your degree, you can speak with employers to see what they are looking for; you will also find admission representatives from FM available to answer your questions and provide information about all of our degree and certificate programs. 

If you’ve never attended a job fair, you might feel uneasy, but keep these few things in mind.  When walking at the fair, be sure to present yourself the best you can. Dress professionally, bring copies of your resume, turn your cellphone off, make eye contact and always introduce yourself. If you have questions, ask them. This is your time to learn about what employers have to offer, and just as important, your chance to make a positive first impression.  It is also important to do your research about companies prior to the fair. If you are interested in a particular company, take a look at their website and familiarize yourself with all they have to offer before the fair. When speaking with potential employers, think about what makes you stand out and express that. 

Be sure to give yourself enough time to connect with all of the employers that you are interested in.  Many employers will be available for on-the-spot interviews, so be prepared with your resume and be ready to talk about your skills and qualifications. 

Job seekers are not required to register for the fair. For a list of registered employers, please visit www.fmcc.edu.

 

Andrea Scribner is education and career planning specialist at FM.

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