The Right Things to Say and Do at Job Fairs

June 24, 2009 8:38:05 PM PDT
The Fresno Metropolitan area's more than fifteen -percent unemployment rate has created a lot of competition for job seekers.A slow but steady pace of job seekers came to Downtown Clovis Wednesday morning, heading into a 'career and education expo'.

Men and women of various age groups and backgrounds.

Chris Davis said, "I'm looking for a full-time job. Right now, I work at a job but they started cutting my hours."

This event offered not only the opportunity to meet with potential employers but to learn more about how to impress them when you do.

The Fresno County Workforce Connection and the Fresno County Library Career Center offered workshops to hone skills.

Lily Rodriguez said, "With the way the economy is running we have to be out there looking for a job, even us seniors."

Competition for jobs is fierce and employers don't waste time with people who aren't prepared.

"I've basically done everything in the store besides cashiering," said Davis.

Having a resume earned Chris Davis an employment application.

Bentley's Market Co-Owner Rich Hutcheson said, "It was nice to see a nice looking kid, well prepared, a firm handshake and dressed nicely."

Lily Rodriguez is competing with younger folks so she took advantage of learning how better to present herself.

"I'm looking for a job where I can really get in their and show what I do know," said Rodriguez.

Employers say standing out from a crowd is as much about your first impression as it is your skill set.

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