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Bastrop Career & Job Fair 2016!

Friday & Saturday
May 8th & 9th
9 AM - 4 PM
Bastrop Convention Center
1408 Chestnut Street

To help citizens locate good jobs, change careers, or explore employment options, and to showcase Bastrop to employers as a good location to live and work.

 


Youth Career Fair
Friday May 8th,  9 am - 4 pm

More than 1000 juniors and seniors from Bastrop and Cedar Creek high schools will be bussed in to interact with employers in this unique recruiting event.  The students will be able to ask questions, practice interview skills, and learn about current and future employment trends.  Employers will be able to scout future employees, market their brand/name, spread the word about their opportunities – and even hire on the spot!  The event will also help students fine-tune their class selections in order to be more “employer-ready” upon graduation.  The Bastrop High School Performing Arts group will put on skits about interviewing, resume preparation, job searching, and other relevant topics.  The students will be eligible to win prizes for participation in this event, courtesy of the Bastrop Rotary Club.

 


Adult Job Fair

Saturday May 9th:  9 am – 4 pm

If you want a new job, a better job, or even a new career, Bastrop’s job fair is the place for you.  Many of our participating companies offer on-the-job training or paid training!  Some companies even plan to hire “on the spot!” 

For a list of participating employers, check the sidebar.


Attendance for job seekers is FREE!

What To Bring
Drivers License
Dress Professional
Update Resumes
Current Professional Licenses

Four reasons why attending a job fair is important!

Identify What Employers Want

  • Employers who require online applications still attend job fairs. Why? Because they know a job fair is still the best way of actually meeting potential hires. Most of these employers will explain the ins and outs of their particular online process. It’s important to ask the employer what they like to see on the online application.

  • Attending job fairs is a way for prospective hires to find out the qualifications employers are seeking for particular jobs. For example, ask if the employer will accept more experience instead of a bachelor's degree. When job openings that match the job seeker's skills appear at a company, it already knows about the job seeker and can reach out to the person to schedule an interview or suggest they apply.

Networking Opportunities

  • Besides meeting with employers, prospective hires should attend job fairs to network with like-minded job seekers. As they meet and talk with these job seekers, they learn about employment opportunities that they may not have heard about.

  • Even if you do not get hired by employers who attend job fairs over the next few days or weeks, you still make an impression with that company.

Researching Companies

As you speak with company representatives, ask questions and find out about positions the organization normally hires into - including the ones that may not be advertised. For example, job seekers who have accounting degrees can find out which employers in their area have the greatest need for new accountants. Job seekers can also research companies that attend job fairs and get the organization's direct human resources and hiring manager contact information.

Test the Market

Visiting different company booths at job fairs helps job seekers to test the job market and likely find out the salary ranges that employers are willing to pay for popular jobs.
Every company has positions that may open in a few months – ask what other openings may be available soon.

Job Fair Preparation Techniques

Write down any questions about:

  • The online application form
  • Interview process
  • Employer’s products or services

Do your homework and research the employer’s:

  • History
  • Goals
  • Management style

Confidence Support:

  • Bring a prior completed application, “resume worksheet” and/or portfolio
  • Prepare your attire the night before
  • Pack a snack and/or lunch
Always:

  • Manage your time to be flexible and on time
  • Informational Interview to gain knowledge from others
  • Prepare for more than you think you will need

 


EMPLOYERS AND EXHIBITORS:

 

Download the 2015 EMPLOYER Registration Form for Bastrop Career & Job Fair!

REGISTRATION FOR EMPLOYERS ENDS MAY 1ST!

 


JOB SEEKERS:

Pre-Event Seminars for Job Seekers
March 1st – May 1st

The Texas Workforce Commission will sponsor two weeks of free, ongoing job fair preparatory classes, including help with resumes, interview skills, how to address “black marks” in job history (getting fired, having a criminal record, etc.), how to leave a good impression with employers, being prepared, dressing for success, etc.  The Workforce will conduct these trainings at the Bastrop Workforce Office and will also help applicants complete pre-employment screenings for companies that have indicated they desire to hire at the job fair.

For MAY schedule, click HERE!

Employers (as of 5/5/2015)


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