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Employment Expos

An employment expo is an event organized by a school or community organization in which local businesses interested in hiring students with and without disabilities come together to interview students and discuss job opportunities.

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What Can Students And Families Learn At An Employment Expo?

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Employment expos typically share information on:

  • Employers who are hiring in the community
  • Tips for successful job interviews
  • Employers who hire students with disabilities and the supports they provide
  • Resume tips and review
  • Opportunities to apply, interview, and potentially be offered a job
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How Can School Personnel Prepare Students For An Employment Expo?

Before students attend an employment expo, they should practice job interview skills and be prepared to distribute resumes and cover letters. Many classroom activities can be linked to employment readiness and added to the transition grid of the IEP, including the following:

  • Writing a resume
  • Writing cover letters and thank you letters
  • Practicing interview skills
  • Searching for employment opportunities
  • Greeting others in a professional manner
  • Dressing for success
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What Can Participating In An Employment Expo Do For Students?

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Practice Pre-Employment Forms

Students can practice completing applications and receive feedback on their resumes. Ensure opportunities to complete pre-employment forms before an expo.

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Practice Interviewing Skills

Students can gain experience with interviewing and obtain valuable feedback directly from employers.

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Local Employers

An expo will provide students with a chance to explore a variety of employment options in their area and talk to their local employers.

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Connect With A Job

Students can connect with employers to learn about job opportunities. They may even receive a job offer! After the expo, skills should be taught on job maintenance and advancement.

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Resources

Interested in attending a virtual job fair? Check out this link for The Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR’s) virtual job fair!

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