The Minneapolis Professional and Technology Diversity Career Fair is one of the best job fairs of the year, and it 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. 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.
The event is FREE and open to the public, but pre-registration is recommended.
How can one get the most out of the Minneapolis Professional and Technology Diversity Carer Fair – and future job or career fairs?
Follow these before, during and after tips from Career Development Coach and interview expert Cindy Edwards, of To Find Your Fit Career Development Coaching. Edwards will be at the Minneapolis Professional and Technology Diversity Career Fair and available to answer questions during the job fair.
Here is what Edwards recommends:
- Research attending companies and create a list of companies that you want to target.
- HELP THE RECRUITER: If you’ve applied for a position of a company that will be at the fair be sure to print out and bring a copy of that job posting with you to the fair.
- Create a business card. Go to VistaPrint.com.
- Besides your standard contact information, be sure to have your LinkedIn URL printed on your business card as well as your areas of expertise.
- Prepare your wardrobe. Dress for success!
- Practice your elevator pitch.
- Polish your resume by checking for spelling mistakes. Print copies and put in a clean folder or portfolio.
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- Go early
- Visit companies that you have targeted first.
- HELP THE RECRUITER: Present your job posting to the recruiter at the fair. Try to uncover who the recruiter or hiring manager is for that specific position.
- Distribute clean copies of your resume to companies.
- Give your elevator pitch to everyone.
- Give business cards to everyone.
- Collect business cards from everyone.
- Follow up with everyone you met.
- Connect on LinkedIn.
- Send an email.
- Make the call.
Are you heading to the Minneapolis Professional and Technology Diversity Career Fair? Do you have questions for Edwards? Send them to her in advance, and follow up with her at the job fair.
"Job seekers who are proactive before, during, and after, are going to have the most success," says Edwards. "Employers like job seekers who are proactive. Follow these tips to get ahead of the competition."
Learn more about Cindy Edwards and her career development services
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Learn more and register for the Minneapolis Professional and Technology Diversity Career Fair.