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Power Transmission Distributors Association is...

comprised of companies that distribute and manufacture the components that keep your world running smoothly.

Tips for Working a Career Fair

All tips are from the webinar: "Volunteer for a Local Career Fair: It's Easy, Fun and Rewarding."

Is this your first time attending a career fair or communicating with students on behalf of your company? Are you feeling a little nervous about how to make sure it goes well? If so, you are not the only one. But do not worry. PTDA Foundation volunteers who have done it offer the following tips to make your experience phenomenal:

Before the event:

  • Visit and become more aware of the resources for students and job seekers at IDCareers.org.
  • Know your audience.
    • What type of school are you attending: Magnet, public, private, alternative, STEM, etc.?
    • Is it college or high school students?
    • Are they at-risk students?
  • Bring something hands-on from your company as an attention grabber.
  • Look through any materials you are bringing so you know what they say.
  • Bring information about your company.
  • Remember the PTDA Foundation staff and other volunteers are just a phone call or email away to answer any questions.

During the event:

  • Take pictures to share later.
  • Let your co-workers know where you are and what you are doing.
  • Use your social media accounts to promote your attendance.
  • Pretty much everything can be related back to industrial distribution. Make a game out of this. It challenges you and gets the students thinking.
  • Bring a giveaway with your company name on it.
  • Give the students a task before they can grab a giveaway.
  • The PT/MC distribution work is a hands-on field, so make your table interactive. For example, challenge them to figure out the giveaway or demo the IDCareers.org website.
  • Be yourself: friendly and passionate about your career in PT/MC distribution.
Have fun and remember these students could one day be your employee.

If you have quesitons, feel free to contact the PTDA Foundation at foundation@ptda.org or call +1.312.516.2100.