“There’s a job fair this weekend at my neighborhood grocery store. Can you tell me what I should expect at a job fair? It didn’t say to dress a certain way… but should I? Or are there any other tips you can give me on how to get the job? I don’t have any work experience or volunteer experience, but should I take a resume anyway?”
What to wear:
You should definitely dress like you’re coming in for an interview! Everyone won’t, but it will make you stand out and show that you are taking the opportunity seriously.
What to bring:
Bring copies of your resume! Do you have any experience from babysitting, odd jobs, or school/community activities? Those absolutely count as experience on an entry-level resume! Even if you don’t have work experience to share, bring something with your contact information, describe the skills that will make you awesome at the job and maybe describe your goals. It’s an opportunity to give a hiring manager your contact information, share your skills and make a professional impression. Check for errors and make sure it’s perfect, then print at least 10 copies that you can pass out. Don’t forget to bring your references too!
My second job was at a grocery store – I was a bagger and got promoted to cashier. It gave me valuable customer service practice that I still use today, and I still know the produce code for bananas so I look super-confident in self-checkout lanes (4011, in case you’re wondering!).
Good luck, and when you do land your first job, stay awhile and work hard – great work history can get you hired fast in the future! Employers like to see that an employee sticks around, works hard and comes out of a job with a good reference.