The Port Augusta Jobs Fair will bring together job seekers, employers, employment service providers, recruitment agencies and training providers.
This will provide you with an opportunity to talk face to face with exhibitors to learn about jobs, training, education and career options across the Port Augusta region.
Throughout the day there will be a series of work readiness seminars highlighting the contemporary expectations of local employers.
For enquiries about the Jobs Fair or if you are interested in being an exhibitor, phone Leanne Hill on 043 933 7023 or Dave Hayward on 0417 895 833.
List of exhibitors
- Access Training Centre
- Australian Civil and Mining Training
- Australian Red Cross
- BHP Billiton - Olympic Dam
- Bungala Aboriginal Corp
- Business SA Apprenticeship support
- Career Employment Group
- Centacare Catholic Family Services
- Civil Train
- Community Bridging Services
- Complete Personnel
- Country Health SA
- Defence Force Recruiting
- Department for Correctional Services
- Department of Human Services
- Department of Water Environment and Natural Resources
- Housing SA
- Leigh Creek Energy Limited
- MADEC Australia
- Maxima Group
- Music SA
- National Disability Insurance Agency
- Port Augusta City Council
- Port Augusta Hospital and Community Health Services
- Programmed Skills Workforce
- SA Ambulance Service
- Seagrims - Your Financial Planner
- St John
- TAFE SA
- The Future of Work
- Uniting Care Wesley Country SA
- University of SA
- Vimba Warta Civil and Mining Pty Ltd
- Wise Employment
- Workskil Australia
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 Jobs Fair.
Follow up by email
Using the business cards you’ve collected, follow up with the representatives and send thank you emails after the Jobs Fair. It is a good way for them to recall your interest.
Adapted from ‘Business Insiders Australia’, March 2014.