Job fairs are a win-win for employers and job seekers

The IowaWORKS job fair in Fairfield Wednesday is just one of many opportunities for employers and prospective employees to network with each other.

The first hour of Wednesday's fair was geared specifically towards veterans and the last several hours open for the public. Around 18 to 20 different vendors were present. Cassandra Halls, of Central Iowa Works, also spoke to participants on advice for success. The biggest tips, especially when it comes to attending job fairs, are to always dress for success, prepare an "elevation speech" to plug yourself, be prepared and do research on the companies you want to talk to before showing up.

If you do all those things, a job fair might be the perfect place to land employment.

"There's benefits for the employees because they get to come here and work with candidates that they may have not had before," said Linda Rouse, Operations Director of IowaWORKS. "And then of course, there are always benefits for the job seeker. We talk to job seekers about their 60-second elevation speech, so that they have a little plug already for themselves and it's just a good opportunity for them to network with perspective employers, so it's a win-win situation for everybody."

IowaWORKS' office in Ottumwa hosts hiring sessions about three times a month, but the next Southeast Iowa job fair will be in Centerville at the Drake Library on September 25.