Albany, NY (July 13, 2010) -
Labor Department gets Job Seekers Ready for Career Fairs
The 6 "R's"
RESEARCH, REHEARSE, REVISE, REVIEW, REINVENT, RESPOND - These are your keys to success at your next job fair. Like clockwork, the New York State Department of Labor's One-Stop Career Center in Albany hosts a workshop to help clients prepare for upcoming job fairs. Their keys to success will work for you too - no matter which part of the state you call home.
RESEARCH - the companies which will be represented at the fair, find out what positions they are looking to fill and see how those jobs match your interests and qualifications.
REHEARSE - practice your quick (60 second) presentation. You want to be able to quickly explain how your skill set match the hiring company's need.
REVISE - Tailor your resume and cover letter to specifically address the needs of the company - the needs you've found through your research.
REVIEW - Look at your presentation, resume, cover letter and clothes to make sure you really are putting your best foot forward.
REINVENT - Be flexible. Look at your skills; see how they translate to a different field, then be willing to think outside the box when it comes to the type of jobs you are applying for.
RESPOND - Always send "thank you" letters to the people you interviewed with. That means you will need to get contact information during your brief job fair mini-interviews.
For more information, contact the One-Stop Career Center nearest you - and good luck!