On June 26th we welcomed Geoff, Associate Manager from Sun Life Financial, to our first EmployerTALK. During the session, Geoff shared his top tips for successful networking and what he looks for in a résumé.
“Networking at a job fair is not just about having a stack of resumes and dropping one off at every booth”, said Geoff. He recommended the following tips in order to make a good first impression and your networking efforts count.
First, be prepared. This not only means dressing professionally, making eye-contact, and shaking hands; but also to researching which employers are going to be there, what are they are about and what positions they have available. Geoff talked about his experience at the last job fair he attended. “There were 10,000 job seekers in attendance and only about 5 of them left a lasting impression.”
Second, have an elevator speech or sales pitch ready. It shoud describes who you are, what you can do and how will it benefit the company. Prepare a couple of questions to ask the employer, such as: “what are your current challenges?”
Finally, Geoff indicated it is important to be mindful of the employer’s time, don’t try to carry on a 20 minute conversation if there are fifty people waiting in line. If you want more time with the employer ask for a business card and if they would be open to meeting with you at a later date.
EmployerTALK is a session that brings together employers and job seekers for job search tips and networking opportunities. Join us for our next session on August 17h with an Assistant Manager from the retail industry. For more information, or to register for our next session please call 519-822-4141.