Skip to Navigation | Skip to Content

At Your Service

Career Development Services
Bldg B, Room B120, ECC Campus
Tel: 847-214-7399
Fax: 847-622-3055
careerservices@elgin.edu
Hours:
M 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.; T-Th 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.; F 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.


Career Events at ECC

Calendar image

Information about presentations and special events, such as National Career Development Month.
View calendar

ECC Job and Internship Fair

Hosted by Career Development Services, IDES, and the Kane County Office of Community Reinvestment | Workforce Development Division.

Date & Time: Friday, April 17, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Location: Building J, Spartan Events Center, ECC Campus
Job Seekers: Free and open to the public. Employers attending event
Registration: Only employers who plan on attending need to register.

Come Prepared

  • Dress professionally — treat this event as a formal interviewing opportunity.
  • Bring plenty of résumés.
  • Research the employers attending. Check this site often for an updated list.
  • Prepare questions for potential employers.

There are many ways to prepare.

Attend Free Workshops

Registration is required. Call 847-214-7399 or email careerservices@elgin.edu to reserve your spot.

Pre-Fair Workshops Schedule
Date Class
Tuesday, March 3 Resumes
Tuesday, March 10 Cover Letters
Tuesday, March 17 Social Media in the Job Search
Tuesday March 31 Interview Preparation (1 of 2)
Thursday, April 2 Resumes
Tuesday, April 7 Mock Interviews (2 of 2)
Friday, April 10 LinkedIn or Left Out
Tuesday, April 14 Preparing for the Job and Internship Fair
Wednesday, April 15 Navigating and Presenting Yourself at the Job and Internship Fair

Assess Yourself & Potential Employers

Think about your strong points, your goals, the organization and where you want to go within the company. Prepare a "one-minute commercial" or "elevator speech" detailing your background and what skills you bring to the company. Understand how your skills; or the ones that you want to develop, relate to the organizations and employment opportunities that are available.

Research Companies Attending Event

Check this site often for an updated list of attending organizations. Thoroughly research your 'core' companies and gain background information upon which you can base your conversations with the company representatives. Use the library, career development services center and company web pages for the information that you'll need to prepare for the event.

Utilize College Central Network (CCN) Services

You will need to register with CCN to use these free services. Get details»

Listen to Podcasts

Listen to job fair related podcasts. Podcasts to listen to are:

  • Job Fairs: The Basics
  • Job Fairs: A Day At the Fair
  • Job Fairs: All the Wrong Moves

Prepare Your Resume

If you need assistance in preparing a resume, attend resume workshops, use the examples found in your Career Development Services Office, or go to CCN's search kit. Once you've started, meet with a career development specialist in building B, room B120 to fine tune your resume. If you are a community member, you may also access ECC’s re-employment specialist at 847-214-6391.

Post Your Resume

When you are finished you can post to CCN services.

Plan Your Wardrobe

Every year, employers comment how they met someone who they would be interested in pursuing, but won’t due to the lack of professionalism and dress. Don’t let that be you!

All candidates should dress and present themselves professionally which means:

  1. Arrive early and map out your strategy. Who will you talk with first? Lines will be longer for some employers than they will be for others. Plan accordingly and don't waste valuable time by standing in line.
  2. Keep an open mind and don't miss out on opportunities due to lack of information or effort. You may want to tour the event and make contact with all the participating organizations to learn more about them and what they have to offer, but visit your "core" companies first.
  3. Address the recruiter first with a smile, firm handshake and your short elevator speech of skills and achievements. Never start your employer conversation with, "What jobs do you have?" Current students should share their field of study and the year of graduation as well as core skill sets relating to the employer.
  4. Dress for one position higher than the positions to which you are applying. Dress is the most common job seeker mistake and recruiters do make notes even if you have to apply via their website. The best image is not jeans, sweatshirts, and backpacks. Avoid excessive jewelry and perfume. You will only have a few minutes to make an impression as a job candidate. Positive first impressions are critical.
  5. Do not be discouraged by the "apply online" conversation. You are standing in front of the recruiter! Be prepared to ask questions about the types of skills that will get a candidate noticed at the company, possible techniques to increase the chances of being called in for an interview and current focus and work environment of the department/company. Remember: Even one tidbit of information that you were not privy to prior to the application process can get you noticed at the resume/application or interview stage.
  6. No children. Come to the event with another parent and share babysitting duties outside of the gym area and go into the event one at a time.
  7. Turn off your cell phone and other electronic devices! Ringers, alerts and phone conversations are distracting and disrespectful. Let the employers know that they are your main focus.
  8. Bring plenty of resumes to distribute to employers. There are no public copy machines near the events center.
  9. Job and Internship Fairs are not just for those seeking immediate work. They are a great way to connect with companies and career fields of interest. Employers are generally happy to share information about the careers that exist within their company and may even offer to connect you with an informational interviewing or job shadowing experience. Common questions include: What are common career paths within your organization? What is the training program for new hires?, What do you look for in a candidate?, and What advice do you have for applicants?
  10. Make sure you obtain each representative's name, title, address, email address, and phone number so you can follow up with them. Collect literature and business cards whenever possible and ask the representatives when you can expect to hear back from them.
  11. Be sure to take notes after each table. Write down your thoughts about the company, the recruiter, your chances, follow-up strategies, to-do list, etc. Keep this information organized!

 

After the event:

  1. Make it a point to follow up with a letter expressing your interest in the company and in what you have to offer directly to the person you met. You may want to include an updated résumé, a link to an electronic portfolio, or provide better answers to specific questions asked during the event. Thank you/follow up letters should be received by the employer within 2-5 days after an event. You may not receive a response, but you have done all you can do to make your candidacy stand out.
  2. Many recruiters maintain talent pipelines on LinkedIn or through their applicant tracking system. If relevant, make sure both are up to date and connect with those recruiters as they allow.

Are You an Employer Wishing to Attend?

Employers who meet certain criteria are welcome to attend. Get details & register»

 
Go to top