Employers Day is an annual program sponsored by the Student Success Center at Piedmont Technical College. This event is basically an opportunity for students and employers to share information.
While the list of attendees may change, there are typically around 40 organizations participating, although this year over 60 plan to attend!
First impressions are important so dress professionally, bring your resume and be prepared to discuss your qualifications.
Employers Day will take place in the James Medford Faily Events Center (formerly known as the Multipurpose Building). It is identified as the N building on our campus map.
Visitation time between students and employers runs from 10am until 1pm.
The building is set up with tables for the organizations to display information and have a "place" to be. Your role is to take the initiative to go to the table and introduce yourself. If this seems difficult, practice a few times with a friend and you'll feel more comfortable.
Even if you are unfamiliar with the organization, take time to stop and learn more about each one. You will hopefully spot a list of PTC majors on the table on which the employer has indicated what majors are being recruited. Even if your major is not checked, its OK to stop. Some organizations, such as hospitals, may indicate only a few majors, but if they are large, they will likely hire a wider variety of employees than just what is indicated on the list.
The event should be crowded and some tables may be occupied when you approach. Wait your turn, then step up and take the opportunity to talk.
Smile and use a firm handshake when greeting.
Appear confident and in control.
Maintain appropriate eye contact.
Communicate positive information about your background.
The person may ask you a wide variety of questions. Try to briefly answer all of them and ask to leave a copy of your resume so the employer can learn more about your skills and experience as well as have a way to contact you at a later time.
While this is not like formally interviewing for a job, it may give a prospective employer a feel for who you are and what you can do.
It may lead to an interview, so find out what you want to know in case the organization does have an opening now or at some future point. In addition to sharing information about you, Employers Day also involves gathering information. Think of yourself as a reporter doing investigative work and take notes.
Tell me about your organization.
What are some of the qualities you seek in potential employees?
What personal attributes do you think are essential to success?
What skills are required of employees in your organization?
What is your application process for entry level positions?
Is it acceptable to contact someone in your organization about employment, even if there are no advertised openings?
Describe a typical work day in your organization.
Describe the dress code at your organization.
What do you look for on a resume?
What makes a person successful in the job interview?
What advice do you have for a person looking for a job?
What are some of the challenges your organization faces?
Does your organization have a web site?
Remember to follow-up on any and all leads you receive during Employers Day. You may not leave the event with a job offer, but you may get leads that will get you to that point.