Are you a recent graduate? Currently working but wanting to change jobs/careers? Now is the time to act! Dust off your professional gear, polish your resume, and get ready to attend these free job fairs in downtown Tampa.
This guide tells you: what, when, and where each event takes place. If I were you (hint, hint), I’d bookmark the links below and read – and reread!
Tampa Bay Job and Career Fair
Monday, June 2, 10-3
Tampa Bay Times Forum
401 Channelside Drive
Over 50 local employers will attend the Tampa Bay Job and Career Fair, and they’ll be hiring. Just imagine – you might have a job by the end of the day!
Click here for directions and parking information. The Times’ contact person, Dave LaBell (firstname.lastname@example.org), says there are parking lots nearby, and parking in the Forum’s Silver and Blue lots costs $5.
Tampa Career Fair
Thursday, August 21, 11-2
Double Tree Hotel
4500 West Cypress St.
Pre-registration is required for the Tampa Career Fair. After registering, you’ll get the jobs list and a fair guide.
I recommend reading Advice (bottom, registration page). There’s a ton of great information about first impressions, meeting with recruiters, and following up.
On the Doubletree web site, you’ll see a picture of the hotel (it will help you find it!) and a link to directions.
Job Fair Tampa
Thursday, August 28, 10-2
Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel
4200 Jim Walter Blvd.
You don’t need to pre-register for Job Fair Tampa. But it’s recommended. Who knows? It might save time when you arrive.
The website has directions to the hotel and tips for a successful experience. Be sure to read them!
My personal favorite is # 9, about follow-up notes. I know from experience that a note can be the thing that lands you the job!
In my 30+ years working, I was both interviewer and interviewee. I was always nervous before an interview. By preparing and practicing, I turned nervousness into confidence.
To prepare, learn all you can about the companies. Have your clothes, plenty of resumes, and directions ready the day before. And – don’t forget to set your alarm!
Before you go, practice! Find sample interview questions and prepare your answers. Imagine yourself face-to-face with the interviewer, answering questions confidently.
Good luck with your job search!
Email correspondence with Dave LaBell, Tampa Bay Times newspaper