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How to Host a Job Fair

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8 tips to hold a successful event that serves the unemployed.

Prepare

Pick a Saturday two months out.

Contact local businesses and ask for participation.

Begin promoting your job fair on your church’s website, Facebook and Twitter. Hang posters in local grocery stores, shelters, food pantries, etc. Be sure to name a few participating businesses in your promotions.

On the Day of the Event

Set up a table for each participating business.

Offer free child care.

As attendees walk through the fair, have volunteers pass out coffee, water and light refreshments, as well as information on your church’s ministries and worship times.

Add-ons

Enlist someone to lead a workshop on creating or updating resumes the day of the fair or within days of the fair.

Before the job fair, collect used business attire (ties, suits, skirts) from members of your church. Then at the job fair, those in need of appropriate clothing for interviews and future jobs can “shop.”

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