Getting hired at a job fair is not the same as applying for a job online or through the newspaper.
The City of Austin Career Expo 2014 provides an excellent opportunity for job seekers to meet and talk to employers in the Austin Area who are currently hiring. Here are some helpful tips to give you the best career expo experience:
Resumes – Be sure to have enough copies of your resume to give to every booth, even if you decide not to visit certain booths when you get there. Too many is better than not enough.
Dress for success – First impressions matter and you will be among hundreds, if not thousands, of people competing for the same roles. Don’t be overlooked because you didn’t dress up.
Be vibrant – Think of the person who is manning the booth. They have heard the same pitches, the same pleas, the same stories all day long. If you are visiting any booths late in the day, this is particularly important. Be the person who makes their day and they will remember you much longer.
Know the answers – Be sure you are ready to answer the standard interview questions as you never know what they might ask and when they are evaluating you as a candidate:
“Why should I hire you?”
“What salary range are you expecting?”
“When can you come in for an interview?”
“When can you start work?”
Networking – This event is all about making connections with companies and even the people in line with you. Each connection is an opportunity. If a company isn’t hiring for a position that fits your skills, don’t hesitate to ask for other contact information for different roles. Be curious!
Open mindedness – Just because you’ve never done something, doesn't mean you can't do it or wouldn't like doing it. Think outside the box... the possibilities are endless!
Promote yourself – Be confident in all the great qualities that you can bring to a company. Discuss your skills and experience in a confident manner.
Positive attitude – Don’t assume there is nothing here for you and walk around the room without talking to recruiters. You’ve prepared a great resume, dressed for success, and made it to the event. Keep the positive momentum going with conversations.
Frequently Asked Questions for Job Seekers
Q: Is there a cost to attend?
A: The Career Fair is supported by the City of Austin, community partners, and VIP Employers at no charge to job seekers.
Q: Where can I find a list of employers who will be present at the Career Expo?
A: The list of employers who have registered to participate can be found on the first page of the Career Expo website (link to www.austintexas.gov/careerexpo ). This list will be updated weekly.
Q. Where is the entrance to the building? A. The entrance to Palmer Events Center for the Career Expo faces Barton Springs Road.
Q: Can I get to the event other than by car?
A: Other Transportation
Capital Metro has provided the following bus stops near Palmer Events Center. Please call Capital Metro directly with any questions regarding their routes. The may be reached at (512) 474 1200. You can also plan your trip using Capital Metro Trip Planner at http://www.capmetro.org/planner/
Bus stops near Palmer Events Center:
South 1st Street and Riverside
South 1st Street and Barton Springs Road
300 Barton Springs Road
Congress and Riverside
Congress and Barton Springs Road
Austin Cab Company (512) 478-2222
Yellow Cab Austin (512) 452-9999
Q: Where can I park my car?
A: The Palmer Events Center is located at 900 Barton Springs Rd.
Parking is available at the Palmer Parking Garage, adjacent to the facility with two entrances (from Barton Springs Road or Riverside Drive).
Mobility Impaired Parking:
Mobility Impaired Parking is available in the Palmer Events Center Garage on all levels located near elevators.
Q: How much does parking cost?
A: Parking for this event is at no charge, while space is available.
Q: Where can I park my motorcycle, scooter, or bicycle?
A: There are dedicated parking spaces for motorcycle and scooter parking within the Palmer garage. (Please do not park motorized vehicles on any Palmer sidewalks or in designated bicycle parking areas.) Bicycle parking is available at bike racks located outside both the North and South entrances to the parking garage.
Q. What ADA accommodations will be available at the Expo? A. This event is being held on the first floor of the Palmer Events Center, Exhibit Hall 1. Accessible restrooms are located in front in the lobby of the Palmer Events Center and at the back of the Exhibit Hall. Each restroom has at least one stall meeting ADA regulations. There is a larger restroom in the back of the Exhibit Hall dedicated for persons needing assistance.
Sign language interpreters and sighted guides will be available during the event.
Let a volunteer know when you get your bag that you would like assistance. Volunteers will be clearly identified. They will also be stationed throughout the event to assist with any ADA accommodations.
Q: Will interpreter or translation services be provided?
A: Spanish language interpreters and sign language interpreters will be available during the event. Let a volunteer know when you get your bag that you would like assistance. Volunteers will be clearly identified.
Q. How long should I plan to stay at the event? A. The Career Expo is scheduled to give you an opportunity to attend during the day as time permits within your schedule. The event starts right at Noon and goes until 4:30 p.m. We encourage you to take advantage of the information and resources that will be provided at the Employer’s Booths.