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PIQUA, Ohio - OhioMeansJobs Darke County Workforce Development is planning a reverse job fair; instead of a traditional job fair, where employers set up booths, and job seekers circulate among them, job seekers will instead set up booths to showcase their employable skills, said Sherry Mueller.

“The employers love the concept as this assists with the pre-screening and speeds up the hiring process” Mueller explained. “The employers get more of an idea of job skills and know these individuals are more assertive.”

Employers will browse potential employees, deciding which candidates would be right for their company. And since it’s more important than ever to stand out in today’s job search, a reverse job fair helps job seekers market their skills, knowledge, attitude and abilities to find employment, Mueller said.

But job seekers can’t just show up and throw a booth together, Mueller stated, they must first go through “boot camp” the week prior. These are mandatory sessions that will prepare job seekers with mock interview drills, resume fitness, marketing ideas and preparation for their less-than-60-seconds elevator speech. Area businesses have graciously donated haircuts and clothing, Mueller added, and will be available for those who need help with those items.

Job seekers will benefit not only from attending boot camp, but through getting to meet the company representatives in person, Mueller noted.

“With today’s technology of Internet applications and the hiring managers taking on more tasks, it is almost unheard of to stop into a business and speak with these individuals,” Mueller shared. “The reverse job fair gives the job seeker that one-on-one time to promote their skills ans shake hands with these decision makers.”

Job seekers are contacted after the reverse job fair to determine their progress in acquiring employment, Mueller added. According to statistics from other reverse job fairs, 5.66 percent of attendees have returned to work; two weeks following, 20.75 percent have returned to work; three weeks after, 26.42 percent have returned to work; and four weeks later, 30.19 percent have typically returned to work, Mueller said.

This event will take place on Aug. 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Ft. Piqua Plaza, Piqua, Ohio. Pre-registration is mandatory by emailing reversejobfair@jfs.ohio.gov.

“The OhioMeansJobs Center of Darke County is honored to be able to participate in this regional event, and encourages our local businesses and job seekers to take this opportunity as well,” Mueller commented.

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