Tips to give you an edge
Decide on your job objectives and stay focused, writes Tessa Akerman
WHEN attending a careers expo it is important to be prepared and realistic about what you can expect to get out of the experience.
It is also important not to be swayed by the free merchandise that recruiters provide and to remain focused on the information at hand as well as that which is not so upfront.
Prince Alfred College careers counsellor Monica Magann says it is important for jobseekers to give careful consideration to who they are as a person, their strengths and study and career interests before they attend a careers expo.
‘‘ Are there (at least) three areas of career/study interest that you can investigate at the expo? Having some idea is better than having no idea,’’ she says.
Magann’s second tip is to find out who is exhibiting or speaking at the expo and plan your visit around that.
‘‘ Timetable before you arrive so you don’t walk in and get overwhelmed by the choices on offer and all the people there,’’ she says.
Use the opportunity to network with representatives and try not to be shy. ‘‘ Wait, even if there is a queue and make a positive connection,’’ she says.
‘‘ If you are a jobseeker, do you have a business card you can give them? Get one from them too.
‘‘ Network to your heart’s content.’’
Another important tip is to obtain information on your interests and to collect brochures or flyers to read later if you happen to miss out on talking with someone.
Prepare questions about job prospects, wages, qualifications or study required and job opportunities.
‘‘ Be very careful about signing up and paying for any course or program on the day. Check terms and conditions. Don’t be swayed by free gifts, raffle prizes and promises,’’ Magann says. ‘‘ You never get a second chance to make a first impression so look professional and you will be treated as one.’’
STUDY TIME: Prince Alfred College Year 12 student Ben Watson learns about the Careers Expo from Melbourne University’s Claire Scott.