Career Fair Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Is a HireLive career fair like every other career fair?
  2. How should I prepare for a HireLive career fair?
  3. What should I wear?
  4. How many resumes do I really need?
  5. Do I need to put my resumes in special envelopes or covers?
  6. Do I need a cover letter?
  7. What kind of positions can I expect to find at a HireLive career fair?
  8. Why should I talk to more than one or two companies?
  9. Is this going to be like a “cattle call” type of job fair?
  10. Do I HAVE to pre-register?
  11. What costs are involved in attending a job fair?
  12. Will I be meeting directly with someone from the hiring company?
  13. Can I bring other people with me to the career fair?
  14. What time should I come to the career fair?
  15. What if I can’t make it to the career fair, but still wish to be considered for the open positions?
  16. What happens to my resume after the career fair?

 

1. Is a HireLive career fair like every other career fair?

No, a HireLive career fair is very different from the typical career fair. We produce professional career fairs that cater to job seekers looking for sales, retail and management positions. Every company conducts their interviews in a hotel suite, so you get a private one-on-one interview in a comfortable environment.

 

2. How should I prepare for a HireLive career fair?

We suggest researching the companies before coming to interview with them; this knowledge can give you an advantage over other job seekers. The list of companies is posted on the Friday prior to the career fair and is updated daily.

Also, take some time and read the guide book you will be given when you get there, this will give you information about the companies, the positions they are needing to fill and the experience they are looking for. Spending an extra 15 minutes reading the guide book can really help you when selecting which companies you want to speak with and sounding more knowledgeable when meeting with them.

 

3. What should I wear?
Business professional attire is required in order to be admitted into our career fair. No jeans, shorts, flip-flops or anything of the sort is allowed. A business suit or nice dress pants and a button down shirt are typical of most job seekers.

 

4. How many resumes do I really need?
We always suggest bringing approximately as many resumes as companies that are going to be there. For example if there are 15 companies in an event, we suggest bringing 10-15 copies of your resume. You may come to the career fair thinking you only want to interview with a couple companies, but there is a good possibility you will change your mind when you get there.

 

5. Do I need to put my resumes in special envelopes or covers?
You do not need to bring your resume in a special envelope or cover, when it comes to resumes, less is better. Please take a look at our tips page for helpful hints in writing your resume.

 

6. Do I need a cover letter?
If you feel that you could better explain your qualifications and what you’re looking for in a cover letter, feel free to write one, but keep it short and sweet. Like said above, less on your resume is always better.

 

7. What kind of positions can I expect to find at a HireLive career fair?
Here at HireLive we specialize in sales, retail and management. Which means all the companies we work with primarily will be looking for Inside Sales Reps, Outside Sales Reps, Account Executives, Retail Managers, Account Managers, Insurance Sales, Customer Service, Technical Sales, Sales Managers, Pharmaceutical Sales, Telesales, Sales Trainer, Mortgage Brokers, Financial Planner, Route Sales, Retail Sales, Retail Management and more. A HireLive job fair is the place to be if you are looking to continue or jump start a sales or management career.

 

8. Why should I talk to more than one or two companies?
Although you may come to the career fair planning on only talking with a couple of companies, you might change your mind when you get there. Often times the companies with names you do not recognize or are a smaller company, offer the better compensation plans, great benefits and more incentives then the others. Speaking with multiple companies will give you great interview practice and these days job hunting is a numbers game…the more companies you interview with, the better chance you will get a job.

 

9. Is this going to be like a “cattle call” type of job fair?
No, because our career fairs are specific to sales, retail and management related job openings… our events usually have about 100-300 very professional job seekers in attendance.

 

10. Do I HAVE to pre-register?
No, you do not have to pre-register for our career fair although we HIGHLY recommend it. If you pre-register you will get email and phone call reminders, with information about the companies that are going to be there.

 

11. What costs are involved in attending a job fair?
The event is completely free to attend; the only costs you may encounter will be a parking fee. Unfortunately the cost for parking is out of our hands, we work with all of our hotels to negotiate a reduced rate, if not free, when possible. We do post the cost of parking on our website, so you will be able to plan ahead of time. Many candidates who do not want to pay for parking will park in an alternate place and walk to the hotel.

 

12. Will I be meeting directly with someone from the hiring company?
Yes, you will be meeting directly with the hiring managers from the company you wish to speak with.

 

13. Can I bring other people with me to the career fair?
Yes, as long as they are interested in a career in sales, retail or a management related field and come dressed professionally with resumes in hand.

 

14. What time should I come to the career fair?
You are free to come anytime between 9am and 12:30pm that works best for you, we suggest giving yourself at least an hour to be there, to meet with as many hiring managers as you want. We recommend not showing up any earlier than 8:45am as there will be no early entries allowed.

 

15. What if I can’t make it to the career fair, but still wish to be considered for the open positions?
Unfortunately to be considered for any of the positions being offered you HAVE to be there in person to interview with the companies face-to-face.

 

16. What happens to my resume after the career fair?
The resume you hand to us at the registration desk is sent to all of the hiring managers after the event. This ensures that your resume gets in front of each company, even those you may not have spoke too.

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