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  • 1. How to Succeed at a Job FairQuestions and Answers with Human Resource Professionals Illinois workNet WebinarJoin the conversation on Twitter with #ILworkNet or #jobfair
  • 2. Meet our Presenters Laurie Huspen President Valuable Resources, Co. since 2003 A successful entrepreneur, author of Unveiled, speaker, university instructor, and board member forStroke Survivors Empowering Each Other (SSEEO). Nancy Clausen HR DirectorLaurie holds a Masters degree in HR Management and trained SplashNet Xpressin Six Sigma. Being personally affected by adverse HR policies,she became an advocate of companies and employee rightsand established VRC in 2003 and published, Unveiled in A Human Resources Professional, Nancy demonstrates her abilities2010. currently with a wholesale company in St. Charles Illinois that employs a vast array of individuals from warehouse to designers.She has over 15 years of experience in human resources, withexpertise in employee retention, strategic planning and Nancy has worked in service, retail, e-commerce, healthcare,execution of the HR foundation for growing businesses. manufacturing and distribution with both non-union and union cultures.My specialty is working on-site withclients. This allows me to fully SplashNet Xpress is the home of Blue Wave pool and spaunderstand my client(s) needs and products.vision of their business to influencestrategies to increase their return on www.splashnetexpress.cominvestment.www.vrc-hr.com Illinois workNet Job Fair Webinar Twitter - #ILworkNet or #jobfair
  • 3. Meet our Presenters Sylvia Wetzel Chief Learning Officer Mohamed Faheem -Director Bison Gear & Engineering Corp. Business & Career Services, Inc. Bison Gear is a manufacturer of electric motors, gearmotors and reducers located in Mohammed Faheem is the Director of St. Charles, Illinois. Ms. Wetzel joined Business Employer Solutions and CorporateBison in 1994, where her career has encompassed Relations for Business andMarketing, Information Technology, International Strategy and Corporate Career Services operator of the Illinois workNet Center in ArlingtonTraining and Development. Heights.Ms. Wetzel is also very devoted to pursuing social awareness issues Mohammed is a widely recognized motivational speaker and creatorand is President of BisonCares, a 501C3 nonprofit whose mission is to of the Power Employment Workshops presented every monthfacilitate a set of responsive initiatives for the well being of local and across Northwest Chicago in 14 different locations. He is alsoglobal communities. In 2007 BisonCares was awarded the St. Charles recognized for implementing cutting edge business processchamber of Commerce civic Image Award in recognition of its reengineering and social media strategies for market penetration andhumanitarian efforts. societal change.She serves as Public Policy Representative for Bison in Washington He has a Masters degree in Communication andDC and brings expertise to the NAMs policy development in work Journalism and over 25 years experience inforce development and health care. She was a founding member of business consulting, radio, marketing, publictheir Women in Manufacturing initiative. relations, and advertising.www.bisongear.com www.worknetncc.com Illinois workNet Job Fair Webinar Twitter - #ILworkNet or #jobfair
  • 4. Meet our Guides Dee Reinhardt Natasha Telger President Illinois workNet Time2Mrkt A social media strategist, Dee helps solopreneurs and small business optimize their digital presence.Dee began her marketing and social media journey with a local Integration and Training Coordinator with Southernworkforce agency. In 2011, she began her consulting business, Illinois University in Carbondale. Natasha providesand has been teaching, coaching, implementing and Illinois workNet integration and training assistancemaintaining ever since. to workforce partners who help Illinois residents reach their training and employment goals.Always looking for new ways to advance an organizationsmarketing efforts, when social media came into the arena, Dee www.illinoisworknet.comjumped on the challenge of learning all of the aspects andbecame certified in 2010.Her business, Time2Mrkt, Inc.helps guide businesses throughthe sometimes treacherous watersof social media to help them makethe best use of their time andresources.www.time2mrkt.com Illinois workNet Job Fair Webinar Twitter - #ILworkNet or #jobfair
  • 5. What to expect at Job Fair? Two types employer hosted vs. multi-employer Virtual vs. live Networking vs. interview situation Log into www.illinoisworknet.com Register as a user Receive updates about events happening in your area. Illinois workNet Job Fair Webinar Twitter - #ILworkNet or #jobfair
  • 6. When you as an employer go to a job fair, what are some of your goals? Branding of our organization and sourcing of suitable candidates for open and future positions. Getting the message out about manufacturing Attracting young people to well paying careers in manufacturing Communicating the importance to them about Math, Problem Solving, Reading and the NCRC Find new Talent for our Organization Find the right person determine in advance what the right person is. Typically looking for more than one person for an open position Herding vs. hiring To get a feel for the types and quality of the candidates at that fair to determine future attendance To find qualified candidates for open positions and leads for future openings Illinois workNet Job Fair Webinar Twitter - #ILworkNet or #jobfair
  • 7. What should a job seeker do prior to the job fair to be properly prepared? The job seeker should visit the employers website and come prepared with a targeted resume for specific job positions that match his skills, experience and background. Proper resume and plenty of copies of it. Appropriate appearance, engage in conversation, know about the companies that are at the job fair, their mission statement, and culture to know if you would want to work for them Think about what they plan to wear, business formal is always the best way to go, unless circumstances dont allow it. Make sure that whatever it is, it is clean and wrinkle free. Nothing is worse than when the person shows up in wrinkled attire. Think about not only the questions you might be asked but, what is your ideal job, what do you hope to accomplish at this job fair. Unless you are applying for an art or designer position, never wear a lot of bling, shorts, or flip flops, if you are in business dress ensure that socks & shoes match the attire. Illinois workNet Job Fair Webinar Twitter - #ILworkNet or #jobfair
  • 8. What do you look for when the person is face- to-face with you at the job fair? Attitude, appearance and personality Good Communication skills, Dressed neatly, eye contact, and desire & motivation. Hygiene, appearance, how they hold themselves confidence, professionalism, drive