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The Minneapolis Professional and Technology Diversity Career Fair takes place Tuesday, September 20 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, at the new home of the Minnesota Vikings.
The event is FREE and open to the public, but pre-registration is recommended.
About 40 employers and vendors will be in attendance in an open house environment with employer representatives recruiting onsite. Candidates are encouraged to bring résumés and search employers' careers page to pre-apply to jobs of interest and learn more about specific opportunities with employers attending the Diversity Career Fair.
This event is a great opportunity for job seekers to meet, engage, and discuss job openings with employers who emphasize diversity in their workplace, and in their recruiting.
"Diversity Career Fair recruiting is different, as it helps employers demonstrate to the community that they value diversity," says Michael J Hall, Executive Vice President of Professional Diversity Network, the organization putting on the job fair. "It also celebrates and welcomes candidates from all ethnic and cultural backgrounds."
Where some candidates may feel left out, diversity promotes inclusion.
"Candidates are encouraged to explore why some industries view diversity differently than others and how face-to-face engagement helps build valuable connections," says Hall. "As opposed to the online black hole, candidates can meet, ask questions, and learn about opportunities all in a single afternoon. Diversity is the welcome mat for inclusion."
With the economy improving, employers are gaining confidence in building their workforces. For the Diversity Career Fair, that means more and better employers. For candidates who are currently working, the job fair still provides professional networking opportunities and chance to meet with recruiters and leading employers. It also can be an opportunity to prepare for future interviews. Dress professionally, practice your elevator speech, polish your resume, firm up that handshake, and focus on presenting yourself in a professional manner that would be attractive to employers. Those experiences can help job seekers gain confidence and experience - something that can help in current or future interviews or job searches. That's why this diversity career fair is a win-win for those seeking a new job, or those currently employed and looking to build their professional network or learn about new job opportunities.
The job fair will feature a combination of both smaller employers and Fortune 500 companies who want to tell their story, says Hall. The Fair will have recruiters discussing open positions in a wide variety of industries, including healthcare, retail, technology, sales, finance, government, non-profit, education, banking, and more. The Diversity Career Fair will feature both local and national employers discussing local and national opportunities. This is also an opportunity for those looking to relocate, to possibly find a position with a company out of state.
"Our goal is to assemble a variety of opportunities that appeal to most levels of experience," says Hall. "We will even have free resume critiques."
Matt Krumrie of ResumesByMatt.com will have a booth, so bring your resume and stop by for a quick, free resume review or to get your resume writing questions answered. Krumrie wrote the Star Tribune Ask Matt career advice column for 13 years, and in addition to writing resumes, also writes about careers and jobs for ZipRecruiter.com, Flexjobs.com and CollegeRecruiter.com.
Joining Krumrie at his booth will be career coach and interview expert Cindy Edwards, of To Find Your Fit Career Development Coaching. Edwards will be available to answer your interview questions, and offer tips and advice on how to succeed in the interview.
Job seekers can visit the Diversity Career Fair event landing page to see the list of employers.
"We encourage attendees to bring their resume and dress business casual," says Hall. “Be ready to network and talk with employers and recruiters.”
Tip for success at the Minneapolis Professional and Technology Diversity Career Fair:
Prepare in advance: Take some steps before the fair, if possible, to help yourself when meeting with employers. Visit employers career pages and learn about openings, then discuss those specific openings with the employer when you meet them. Better yet, apply online, prior to the Fair, if you can.
"Job seekers should also apply to some of the jobs prior to the Fair by visiting employer’s career page,” says Hall. “Bring a friend and compare notes in case you miss something."
If that doesn’t work, you can still meet with employers who are eager to talk to you the day of the job fair.
Prepare to talk about what you want: Attendees should always be prepared to define who they are and what they want. "Employers respond better when you are able to articulate your experience," says Hall. "Sometimes what you want is not available now but may be in the near future. Take notes, names and follow up. The Diversity Career Fair is a format where you can make an impression and put your face to the resume. When you find something you like don’t give up. Be persistent and follow up after the event."
US Bank Stadium is located at 511 11th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55415.
See you at the Minneapolis Professional and Technology Diversity Career Fair Tuesday, September 20!
About Matt Krumrie
In addition to writing resumes and cover letters, Krumrie has published over 2,000 career and job search articles for the Star Tribune, Flexjobs.com, Ziprecruiter.com and more.