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Over 100 employers expected at Grand Junction job fair

If you’re currently unemployed and looking for a way to pay your bills, it might be time to go to work.

The second annual Grand Valley Career and Job Fair takes place Wednesday, April 27 in Lincoln Park, directly across from the Lincoln Park Barn.

Full-time and part-time jobs available

The Mesa County Workforce Center and Colorado Mesa University are partnering to help employers connect with skilled workers for full-time and part-time opportunities. If you are willing and able to work, chances are you can find a job that you can do to earn a living and pay your bills.

Obviously, at an event like this, there will be a variety of employers on hand offering everything from entry-level jobs to positions requiring a certain level of skill and experience. There will be jobs available that require no prior experience, while others will be very specific in their qualifications.

My top tips for job seekers

The best advice I can give someone attending a job fair is to treat the experience as if it were a job interview. The person on site providing information and handing out job applications may or may not be the person hiring, but you should always assume that is the case. First impressions are huge.

Remember good personal hygiene

You can increase your chances of getting hired – or at least getting a first interview by presenting yourself in the best possible light. Your appearance is extremely important, and it starts with basic personal hygiene. Take a shower, wash your hair, and at the very least show up clean.

Dress for success

You don’t have to dress like a million bucks at a job fair, but the way you dress can make a great first impression. For starters, wear clean clothes that don’t look like you’ve slept in. If you are applying for a professional position, your appearance should reflect this. Look professional. Today’s society is much more casual than it used to be, but even if you dress casually, you can still look professional. It’s called business casual.

What is Business Casual?

According to Business Insider, appropriate casual dress may include “slacks or khakis, shirt or blouse, open collar or polo shirt, optional tie or seasonal sports coat, knee-length or cotton dress or skirt. underneath, a tailored blazer, knit shirt or sweater, and loafers or dress shoes that cover all or most of the foot.”

If the job you’re looking for is more of an unskilled job, you don’t have to dress up, but you still need to look decent.

Beyond your appearance, the way you present yourself can create a positive or negative first impression. Again, my advice is to treat your attendance at a job fair like a job interview.

  • Be polite and courteous.
  • Be confident and believe in yourself, but stay humble
  • Be honest about your qualifications and skills
  • be friendly
  • Be flexible
  • Be open to exploring a job you qualify for, even if it may not be your dream job

The Grand Valley Career and Job Fair takes place Wednesday, April 27 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in Lincoln Park.

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