Looking for a job? Here's how you can set yourself apart at job fairs

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    DAYTON, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - With a major job fair going on in Dayton, ABC 22/FOX 45 wants to help empower you to land the job of your dreams.

    "It's a good opportunity for perspective employees to get in front of managers, meet face to face, really sell yourself," Dayton Children's Hospital Manager Talent Acquisition Steven Russell said.

    Dayton Children's is looking to hire more than 200 people at a job fair on Wednesday. A representative with the hospital said they are expecting more than 400 people at the event, and they will stay past 7 p.m. if people are still in live.

    Anyone who goes to the fair who the hospital is looking to hire should hear back within two weeks.

    Russell said job fairs can help you set yourself apart in person.

    "Really demonstrate why you want to work here, having some knowledge about our company history our growth," said Russell.

    Andy Sedlak of Barry Staff also emphasized how important it is.

    "Know who you're talking to, know what they do, know what they specialize in so that you are already familiar with the line of work that they're in. That in and of itself says a lot to the employer," Barry Staffing Communications Director Andy Sedlak said

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    Sedlak said at job fairs you can showcase your soft skills, to help recruiters remember you.

    "Things like looking the recruiter in the eye, things like small talk, things like energy to show their soft skills, some leadership skills that you feel you may have," Sedlak said.

    He recommended dressing for the job you want.

    "Rule of thumb: it never hurts to dress up a little bit," Sedlak said.

    The Montgomery County Job Center also puts on job fairs, and officials had some recommendations.

    "Number one: update your resume, make sure it's up to date, make sure someone else reads it to," Montgomery County Public Information Coordinator Michael Zimmerman said.

    Also practice presenting yourself even in front of a mirror.

    "If you're going in expecting someone to see the best in you, you want to put the best outward," said Zimmerman.

    After a job fair, it's good to follow up.

    "It can't hurt to get the name of the person you talked to at the job fair and then call the office and ask for that person specifically," said Sedlak.

    "It's competitive so every little bit can help," said Russell.

    The Dayton Children's Hospital Job Fair is Wednesday from 4-7 p.m. at the U.D. Marriott.

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