Spring Job Fair 2015 Report
Overview of the Spring 2015 Job Fair
The March 2015 Job Fair consisted of 64 hiring employers. Sixty-six tables were sold, however two employers, Lancaster General Health and Manpower did not show up the day of the event. Additionally seven tables consisting of partners, internal programs, CareerLink, and one community agency, The Community Action Program of Lancaster (WIC) rounded out the participants for a total of 73 tables.
Charts representing 36 responses from the Employer Survey are included in the document below along with open ended comments.
Information regarding year to year attendance comparisons along with a breakdown of the type of jobseekers participating, is represented in the following two charts. Additional charts show results of the Jobseeker Survey as represented by the 369 responses out of 1,029 participants. A summary of comments is also provided.
This report contains information related to the March 11, 2015 Job Fair conducted at the PA CareerLink of Lancaster County. Additionally a summary of Jobseeker and Employer satisfaction survey results is included. Click here to open document.
Job Fair and Ready2Work Graduation Spring 2015
Employment opportunities were represented in force by more than 60 employers, including Alcoa Mill Products, Buck Company, Clark Associates, Comcast Cable, Dentsply, Four Seasons Produce, Friendship Community, Forever 21, Fulton Bank, Hershey, Hollywood Casino, Kegel's Produce, Lowe's, McNeil Consumer Pharmaceuticals, Securitas Security Services, Stauffers of Kissel Hill, SuperValu, Tyson Foods, Urban Outfitters and Willow Valley Communities among many others.
Early entrance into the Job Fair was granted to the more than 30 Lancaster County residents that completed Ready2Work recently. A brief graduation was held at 8:30 am, acknowledging the accomplishment of the individuals listed below. Ready2Work provides an assessment of foundational skills; remediation in reading, mathematics, and using charts and graphs; and a review of work skills around attendance, managing conflict, working with others, being prepared for transportation and child care emergencies, managing time and money, and other important issues. Participants receive a Career Readiness Credential from the Workforce Investment Board and the Lancaster Chamber upon completion of the WorkKeys standardized test of workforce skills.
Enrollment in Ready2Work is open throughout the year by visiting the Lancaster County PA CareerLink. Contact the PA CareerLink at 717-509-5613 or 717-391-3570 (TTY) for more information about starting Ready2Work.
R2W Graduates included Muqdam Ahmed, Vincenza Anello, Jason Bachman, Jennifer Baez, Vicky Barker, William Beheler, Joel Bergman, Nedim Birtanir, Charles Bisking, Robert Brubaker, Felicia Burks, Erich Byers, Leah Byrdsell, Julee Campbell, Jennifer Castro, Michael Clark, Denise Coates, Kenneth Colon, Roberto Colon, Tricia Cooper, Jeron Copeland, Nakeisha Cowan, Joanna Craft, Joseph Cruz, Michael Cumberbatch Donna Dodson, Lindsay Donovan,Karl Dunkleberger, David Eller, Joel Figueroa, James Forry, Brian Fultz, Ed Gerlitzki, Sujeily Gonzalez, Ernest Green, John Green, Jeremy Hall, Britteny Hall, Diane Harris, Michael Harris, Shannon Heckstall, Steve Hedgepeth, Rebecca Hemperly, Jose Hernandez, Samiyyah Hill, Jessica Horst, Damaris Irizarry, Shauntae Jenkins, Brenda Jimenez, Brian Johnson, Travis Jones, Paul Judy, Nicole Kilhefner, Tasheima King, Patrick Kraus, Ken Krause, Seth Lins, Brock Long, Krista Loraw, Juan Machado, Chris Maguire, Roshella Marshall, Christy Martin, Melissia Mast, Michelle Mathers, Royal Mathers, Laura Mazzotta, Samantha McGinty, Juan Mejias, Felix Mendez, Kirk Middlekauff Derrick Moses Jack Moulton Abdelaziz Moutaabbid, Shakiyla Muhammad, Megan Murphy, Marquisha Myers, Kelly Negron, Clyde Neidermyer, Isabel Nieto, John Ortiz, Jorge Ortiz-Perez, Rachel Ostrander, Antonio Padilla, Mark Peifer, Tatiana Perez, Robert Plank, Kristopher Pollock, Graham Rabey, Robert Reyes, Roxanne Richardson, Teresa Rios, Andrew Robinson, Luise Rodriguez, Matthew Rodriguez, Denise Roldan, Robert Roman, Lurianiz Rosario, Danielle Rowe, Robert Santiago,Elijah Santos, Krystle Schmidt, Bruce Seiple, Danielle Shaak, Samantha Sites, John Smeltzer, Brian Snavely, Phyllis Snyder, Milford Springer, Ramiro Taveras-Rivera, Jeremias Tirado, Marilyn Torres, Fawn Twyman, Kayeng Vang, Jasmine Vargas, Ismael Velez, Yasmin Visram, Altamese Wallace, Josh Weaver, Matthew Weaver, Leroy Wise Jr, Lauren Wood, Timothy Wright, Alexandria Yellets, Cindy Zook
Make An Impression At A Job Fair
Make an Impression at a Job Fair by Rebecca Mills
The task of making a lasting impression can seem impossible at a job fair when there are so many other jobseekers also looking for work, but following some basic tips will really set you apart from the crowd for all the right reasons.
Dress for Success
The importance of a professional appearance cannot be stressed enough. Like it or not, the representatives from companies can make assumptions about the type of worker you are based on the clothes you wear. You may be very qualified, but if you're in dirty clothes or lounge wear, chances are your resume will end up at the bottom of the stack and you won't be taken seriously. Recruiters will sometimes do on the spot interviews at job fairs, so being dressed professionally is crucial.
For men it means wearing a suit, or dress pants and a nice button down shirt. Make sure to iron out the wrinkles, which will make you look very polished. Shoes can be lace-up or slip on, and should be polished and a neutral color. If possible, try to get a fresh haircut if necessary and shave, or trim your beard.
The best options include a dressy blouse and blazer with a knee-length skirt or dress slacks in a conservative color. Shoes should be closed toe and in a muted color like black, grey, or brown. This is no place for a plunging neckline or short skirt. If you have any questions about whether or not your outfit is professional, feel free to stop at CareerLink and ask if it is appropriate.
Keep makeup, hair, and accessories to a minimum. Remember, you should be the focus; bright colors, big hair, and loud makeup only distract employers from what you're saying.
If you need additional help getting professional clothes, please contact the Lancaster CareerLink's clothing bank.
Have a Plan
Don't show up to the job fair without knowing which companies you're interested in. The list of employers is here to get you prepared. Make a note of what companies you really want to see.
Now it's time to do some research. Each of the companies has a website with a mission statement, so try to familiarize yourself with what they do and any other facts you read. Being able to talk about each company that interests you shows that you are organized, knowledgeable, and attentive. It makes an impression and can help move your resume up to the top of the pile of potential candidates.
Work on Your Introduction
Be ready to introduce yourself with confidence. Think of some things you would like to convey about your work history, skills, and what you're looking for in your next position.
Also, have a couple questions prepared for them as a way to facilitate conversation and be memorable. Think of questions that would not be easily found on their website. Questions like "what does your company do?" or "what positions are available?" are bland questions that don't show you did much research before coming.
Dos and Don'ts
DON'T: Chew gum.
DON'T: Wear too much perfume
Do: Practice a firm handshake.
Do: Be confident.
Do: Have plenty of resumes.
The Pennsylvania CareerLink® of Lancaster County Job Fair will be held March 11 from 10:00 to 2:00. Going to a job fair can be a daunting task, but if you follow these tips you're sure to stand out and impress the employers.
Good luck at the Job Fair!
PA CareerLink® of Lancaster County will be opening today, Friday, March 6, 2015 at 10:30 am due to hazardous travel conditions.