Youth job fairs provide a venue for working-age youth to connect with employers who are hiring. They are a great opportunity for youth to learn appropriate job fair etiquette.
When is an individual/class ready for a Youth Job Fair?
Youth job fairs are most appropriate for youth who are ages 16 or older or 14-15 year olds who have a work permit.
How can Talent Link help?
Talent Link staff work closely with area officials and workforce offices to plan and coordinate youth job fairs.
Suggestions for teachers
- Encourage students to think of job fairs as an unofficial interview. They should:
- dress in interview-appropriate clothing,
- bring resumes to hand out,
- be prepared to shake hands, and
- be ready to talk with employers.
- Make sure your students know their schedules and when they will and won’t be available to work. Talk with them about being realistic.
- Have students practice a 20-30 second elevator speech telling the company about their skills.
- Have your student research company websites (if you know the participating companies).
- Tell your students not to
- talk negatively about former employers,
- drop off their resume but neglect to speak to representative,
- chew gum, or
- look at their phone while at the fair.