Jobs Fair to be held in Geelong in July

25 July 2016 - 10.00 am – 4.00 pm

Geelong Arena, 110 Victoria Street, North Geelong (corner of Victoria Street and Baxter Road)

The Geelong Jobs Fair will bring together job seekers, employers, employment service providers and recruitment agencies.

This will provide you with an opportunity to talk face to face with exhibitors to learn about jobs, education and career options across Geelong and the Greater Geelong region.

Throughout the day there will be information sessions on how to write résumés, the Future of Work, and how best to find employment opportunities in the local job market.

For enquiries about the Jobs Fair or if you are interested in being an exhibitor, phone Jennifer Cromarty on 0413 241 033 or Simon French on 0401 100 096.

List of Exhibitors

  • Karingal
  • Corio Waste Management
  • Opteon
  • Netgain
  • Worksafe
  • Lambys
  • The Pier
  • The Edge
  • Baveras
  • Dennys Kitchen
  • City Quarter Bar
  • Prestige Inhome Care
  • Encompass
  • Pivot Jobs Drive
  • Harvest HR
  • Strawberry Seed Consulting
  • SRA Apprentices
  • Small Business Smart Business
  • Skills & Job Centre
  • Apprenticeship Support Australian Government
  • Department of Justice
  • KBB Digital
  • Ross Management
  • SC Technology Group
  • TAC
  • Australian Tax Office
  • Geelong Careers
  • APM
  • St Laurence
  • Match Works
  • Gforce
  • People@Work
  • Workskil
  • RMIT University – NEIS Program
  • Barwon Health
  • AKD Softwoods
  • Australian Lamb Colac
  • Barwon Child Youth & Family
  • Barwon Water
  • Built
  • Carbon Revolution
  • City of Greater Geelong
  • Department of Employment
  • Go Traffic
  • Usana Health Sciences
  • Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-Op

Check the website regularly for updates on exhibitors attending the Jobs Fair.

Tips to make the most of the Jobs Fair

Don’t expect to win a job on the day

However, be aware that at the Jobs Fair you may meet and talk to your next employer.

It is not common for firm job offers to be made on the day of a Jobs Fair. However, employers and recruiters are there because they are looking out for people they can potentially employ.

Bring a copy of your résumé to hand to employers as a job offer may come afterwards if they like what they see and you make a good impression.

Come dressed like you would for an interview

What you wear is important. Be aware that employers really do notice details like untidy clothes, and some complain about wrinkled ties, scuffed shoes, inappropriate jewellery or body piercings.

Research the companies attending the Jobs Fair

Companies frequently say that applicants didn’t make the effort or take the time to learn about their business and what it is seeking.

Make sure you know something about an organisation and the types of positions they hire for. It is easier than people imagine; review the list of companies attending the Jobs Fair and then read their websites.

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?’ You can find those answers online. 

Ask ‘Who succeeds in the position you’re hiring for?’ or ‘What qualifications do you see as important?’

Remember the Jobs Fair is a great networking opportunity

Collect as many business cards as possible and make a good first impression. Those cards can be very useful contacts when open positions are later advertised. You can refer to that connection in a cover letter with your application.

Having a range of employers, training organisations, education providers and government agencies all in the one place is a great opportunity.  Making individual contact with them all on your own outside a Jobs Fair setting would take weeks or maybe months to achieve.

Be prepared to answer questions about yourself and be enthusiastic

Many employers start with ‘Tell me about yourself’. Be prepared to state your name, a brief statement about yourself, and why you’re interested in the organisation you’re talking to.

If you’re not currently working, say something like, ‘My most recent employment was with…’ and move on by describing your skills or what you learned in that job. Bring a good supply of resumes (spellchecked for mistakes, and no more than 3 pages long), enthusiasm and energy.

Apply online after you meet with any company representatives

While an employer may take your paper résumé at the Jobs Fair, that doesn’t necessarily mean you are the favoured candidate.  If you wait until after the Jobs Fair to apply for a job online, use the knowledge you gained from speaking with the recruiter at the Fair.

Follow up by email

Using the business cards you’ve collected, follow up with the representatives and send thank you emails after the Fair. It is a good way for them to recall your interest.

Adapted from ‘Business Insiders Australia’, March 2014.