This Jobs Fair will bring together job seekers, employers, employment service providers and recruitment agencies in Cairns and the surrounding region.
This event will provide you with an opportunity to connect and talk face to face with exhibitors to learn about jobs, training, education and career options across Cairns and the surrounding region.
Throughout the day there will be information sessions on how best to find employment opportunities in the local job market.
For job seekers wanting more information, please contact your jobactive provider.
Exhibitor list and Seminar Schedule
- Australian Retailers Association (representing Bright Eyes, Big W, Central Beauty, Coles, City Beach, Discount Drug Stores, JJ's and Best n Less)
- Blue Care - Cairns Community Care
- Cairns Regional Council
- Cairns Taxis Limited
- Cancer Council Queensland
- CaPTA Group
- Crystalbrook Collection
- Heightened Security Solutions
- Manpower Services Australia T/A Defence Force Recruiting
- Skill 360
- Staffing Solution
- Strategix Training Group
- The MaraWay
- 11.00am: Workshop 1: Speed Interviews
- 1.00pm: The Cairns Region Jobs Situation - Where The Jobs Are
- 1.30pm: Q&A employer panel: Challenges and Opportunities
- 2.15pm: Workshop 2: Interview Techniques
How to best prepare for an interview
- 3.30pm: Work Experience Marketplace
Employers and employment service providers network re: effective models for work experience and work placement
Tips to make the most of a Jobs Fair
Make the most of the opportunity
A Jobs Fair is a fantastic and unique opportunity to meet and talk to your potential employer. There is nothing quite as effective as face-to-face contact.
Bring a copy of your current résumé to hand to employers. First impressions are important, so make sure you come prepared, and show enthusiasm for and interest in the company during your face-to-face interactions.
Dress for success
What you wear is important. Be aware that employers really do notice details like untidy clothes, and dressing appropriately shows an understanding of behaviour expected in a workplace.
Research the companies attending the Jobs Fair
One of the most frequent complaints from employers is that candidates do not take the time to research their company before speaking to them. Learning a thing or two about the company will help you prepare for discussions with the employer and help you respond to them better.
Ask the right questions
Experts say you should never ask ‘What kind of positions are you hiring for?’ or ‘What is your organisation all about?’ These answers are quite easy for you to find out online.
Instead, ask ‘What kind of person are you looking for?’ or ‘What skills or qualifications do you see as important?’
Remember the Jobs Fair is a great networking opportunity
Job Fairs provide access to a range of employers, employment providers, industry bodies and government agencies all in one place. You may discover new companies, which you haven’t contacted before. Chat with representatives, leave a great first impression and collect as many business cards as you can. These contacts will be very handy when open positions are later advertised.
Be prepared to answer questions about yourself and be enthusiastic
Employers love when job seekers come to a Jobs Fair with positive energy and enthusiasm. Be ready to answer “Tell me about yourself.’ Prepare a brief statement beforehand about yourself, your experience, accomplishments and skills, and why you would like to work for their company. This will help you feel more confident.
Apply online after you meet with any company representatives
After you have attended the Jobs Fair and left résumés with several employers, it is important to remember to also apply online – more and more employers like to receive applications this way. Remember to refer to the conversation you had at the Jobs Fair with the employer in your cover letter.
Just because an employer took your résumé, it doesn’t mean that you have been shortlisted for an interview. The employer will let you know if they would like you to attend an interview.
Follow up by email
Last but not least, don’t forget to send thank you emails to all the representatives you connected with at the Jobs Fair. This shows interest and ambition. Use the business cards you collected to make sure you don’t forget anyone.