So you really want a CNE job but the lineups to register for the SCCY CNE Job Fair have made it all but impossible for you to secure an interview slot?
You're probably thinking your out of luck, right?!
Well not so fast ... there are some unadvertised CNE jobs and read on for some insider tips on how you can tap into those last-minute CNE jobs!
First of all, there's still 4 days of hiring left during the annual SCCY CNE Job Fair. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of next week all have multiple employers scheduled to attend and conduct on-the-spot interviews.
You'll also want to head down because the organizers of the CNE job fair sometimes get last-minute employers who show up unannounced. In fact, 5 years ago when I was involved in organizing the event, we had multiple employers show up at the last-minute and hire more than 40 students. Of course, there's no guarantee this will happen, but you can hope right?
Another good reason to head down to the CNE job fair this week - you can often talk to employers directly.
Since the CNE grounds are open, you can walk around and talk to the people setting up their booths or stalls for the CNE. And doing that can sometimes lead to a job offer.
I recommend doing this because some employers don't participate in the CNE job fair as they don't know what their hiring needs are. But then they realize, usually a few days before the CNE begins, that they need more staff.
If you do decide to do this, I recommend that you make a generic resume that's full of the common skills that CNE employers look for:
- Communication and interpersonal skills
- Teamwork skills
- Able to make fast, quick, and accurate calculations
- Skilled at multitasking
- Customer service skills
- Food handling experience
- Visual merchandising experience
- Flexible availability and can work a variety of shifts
- Able to take direction and follow instructions
- Quick learner
- Professional appearance
- Courteous and respectful
These skills, regardless of the job you are applying for, are definite assets and are the hidden soft skills that all CNE employers look for.
And remember, if you're going at it alone, go during the day, be safe and aware of your surroundings, and if a situation doesn't feel right, leave immediately.
Making a few bucks isn't worth compromising your safety!