n Wednesday 13th September, the Newport City Council is hosting its annual Jobs Fair. This is a brilliant opportunity to meet local employers and find out about opportunities available in the area. The event will start at 10am and run until 2pm at the Newport Centre.
The event is always popular with jobs seekers and last year more than 3000 people attended. With literally hundreds of jobs on offer from some of Newport’s best employers, it is easy to see why.
The council's Work Based Learning Academy (WBLA), Jobcentre Plus and Careers Wales work closely together to ensure that the Jobs Fair showcases a range of opportunities. Businesses confirmed to attend include Celtic Manor, Costain, Monmouthshire Building Society and Pure Gym.
Here are five top tips to get the most from your visit to the Jobs Fair:
You don’t have to go suited and booted, but making a good first impression is important. The best option is to aim for a smart-casual look. Make sure that you look clean and tidy so that potential employers see you at your best.
Employers may ask you about yourself or what you are looking for in a job. Money should not be your go to answer here as potential employers don’t want to think that your only motivation is the pay cheque. Spend some time before the fair thinking about what type of position you are looking for and what skills you have to offer employers.
Show interest in the vacancies on offer. Smiling and making eye contact are good ways to show an employer you are a positive and proactive person. Employers don’t need to know any problems you’ve had in finding a job or that you’ve been turned down for fifty positions. Keep it positive and focus on the skills and experiences you can bring to a role.
Listening to any employers you are speaking to goes without saying, but you can learn a lot by listening to others as well. If you are waiting to speak to someone, listen to what is being said to the person before you. Listening to others will let you pick up on extra details you hadn’t thought of asking. It also gives you an idea what questions the employer might ask, so you can think about your answers.
After the event, follow up on any opportunities that interested you. Some employers will welcome CVs, however, others will require you to complete application forms or apply online. Follow up on these sorts of instructions promptly to be in with the best chance of receiving a job offer. The employers at the fair want to hire people; if you sit staring at the application form for two weeks, the position may have already been filled.
Good luck to all going along. Below is a reminder of some of the key details you need to know about this event:
When: 13th September, 10am to 2pm
Where: Newport Centre