At The Job Fair

    • Super Opening Live 2011

      Tips on developing your personal introduction

      Your personal introduction is a brief explanation of who you are as a professional. Experts refer to the key points you need to include in it as the ‘3 Ps’:

      • Passion
      • Previous experience
      • Portable (transferable) skills

      Here is a model you can use to prepare a concise and attention grabbing introduction:

      Hi, my name is …………… I am passionate about …………………(industry) because……………

      My relevant experience and credentials in this field are ………………………………………

      During my career, I have had a chance to hone my ……………………………. skills.

      Ideas on how to start a conversation with the employer

      • I have been looking forward to this event and an opportunity to meet with you, is now a good time?
      • What a great event! I can’t believe all of the wonderful employers that are here today.
      • I read that your company has been going through a growth spurt in past year. What can you tell me about your expansion plans?
      • There sure are a lot of people waiting to see you today! I noticed that you have been busy since the event started! Would it be a good time to speak with you now?

      Questions to obtain more information about a company

      • What kinds of skills/experiences/characteristics do you look for in the candidates you hire?
      • What qualities do you look for in a new employee?
      • What are the characteristics of the most successful employees with your company?
      • What kind of training/education is required for this position with your company?
      • What kinds of __________ positions do you have available?
      • Can you please describe what a typical day in this role would be like?
      • Does your company hire on a continual basis throughout the year, or seasonally or at peak times.
      • What does the hiring process from “first meeting” to “you’re hired” look like?
      • Please tell me a little bit more about the nature of the position?
      • What would you say is the most challenging and the most rewarding part of this position?
      • What has been the best experience that you have had working for this company?
      • If you are comfortable, can you tell me how long you have worked for the company and what roles you have had with them during this time?

      Sample thank-you note

      Use the same format for your name, address and contact details that you have on your resume.  Please do not copy the thank-you note word for word.  This is simply an example.  

      Attn: Name
      Title, Company

      Dear Mr. / Ms. ……,

      Thank you for taking the time to meet with me at the ……. Job Fair today. I appreciate the information you provided about your company and available positions in the Accounting Department.

      You were extremely thorough in explaining what the company’s future staffing plans are. I am very interested in applying my skills and previous experience to the position of Accounting Assistant. I am confident that my training in the Accounting Assistant Diploma program at Capilano University, 3 years of experience in the field, and my strong communication skills, work ethic and determination will enable me to become a valuable member of your team and a significant factor in achieving the business objectives you outlined.

      I would appreciate the opportunity to speak with you further about this position and would love to set up a time to chat.  Please could you let me know if this is possible?

      Thank you again for your time and consideration.

      Your Name