How to Stand Out at the Job & Resource Fair

Job seekers will have an opportunity to connect with nearly 30 employers at the Flint & Genesee Job and Resource Fair on Friday, April 13. What can job seekers do to stand out during the fair? The editors at Afterschool Download asked local employers what they look for in candidates and they had plenty to say.

According to Alicia Carpenter, centralized recruiter at Speedway, there are certain things that she notices when looking for a viable candidate.

“We look for someone who exudes confidence, is friendly and can hold a conversation,” said Carpenter. “Reasons we don’t move forward with an individual are if they use improper grammar, don’t make eye contact or simply aren’t well put together.”

Carpenter also encourages attendees to talk to as many employers as possible – even if they don’t think they’re qualified.

Although most employers look for consistent work history and experience, a thin resume isn’t a deal breaker. According to Lisa McQuillin, human resource manager at Android Industries, being able to explain oneself is key if your resume is lacking.

“We understand that people make mistakes and may have something on their resume that puts them in a negative light,” said McQuillin. “However, if a candidate can to explain the situation, what they learned and what they can do differently next time, we may still consider the candidate.”

The Flint & Genesee Resource and Job Fair will be held Friday, April 13 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Baker College of Flint. Other employers joining Speedway and Android Industries include Corrigan Moving Systems, Genesee County Parks and Landing of Genesee Valley. For more information and a full list of employers, click here.