The Juneau Job Fair, which will be held from 3-7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21, at Centennial Hall, allows for an opportunity to research prospective employers, said Timothy Miles, veteran specialist at Juneau Job Center.
"It's like shopping for a job," Miles said. "It's like you're going to a company's office, but they're all in one building."
He said one sure way to make a positive first impression is to dress professionally.
"Employers make decisions and hire on the spot," Miles said. "Be dressed for an interview and have a resume available."
Miles said tattoos should be covered and piercings removed. He suggests men wear a pressed shirt, slacks, a tie and possible a sports jacket, and women wear a skirt or pant suit.
"The main thing is to be clean," Miles said. "Don't look like you just jumped out of the dryer."
He said it is also appropriate to dress in a way that reflects the company, such as wearing khaki pants and a collared shirt when interviewing with a tourism company.
"Research on what's appropriate and see what they're wearing," he said.
John Wright, an employment specialist at Juneau Job Center, said customizing a resume is suggested when attending a job fair. He said to get an idea of what employers will be at the event and to have a resume ready for each employer is of interest.
"A resume should reflect and highlight the skills and abilities for that job," Miles said. "In the best of worlds, the resume should be geared to the job you're applying for - no generics."
He said resumes should be no longer than two pages, with one page being preferable, and job seekers should plan what they want to say to potential employers.
"With your resume you've got eight seconds. You don't have to worry about punctuation - just make it bulleted, very short and succinct to get your skills out there. The resume gets you an interview and the interview gets you a job," Miles said. "Have a 30 second commercial prepared in your mind. Research the company and really understand who they are."
Wright said in the past employers said they have spoken with people at a job fair who they intend to hire.
Miles suggests obtaining a business card from each employer.
"Only two percent will do this. Write a short note. This gives you the opportunity to interject what your top skills are," Miles said. "This is just a thank you, which is rare, and that's huge. That's why it's so important to get that card. It's great for follow up."