Job fairs offer job seekers the chance to learn about a variety of companies in many fields. Business can also benefit by meeting a large pool of potential employees that could be a good fit for the company.

Job seekers and providers can meet up in February at Central Christian College's job fair.

The college will host the fair Feb. 28. Those interested in hiring and those who would like to be hired can start preparing now to be ready when the date arrives.

"The college has not hosted an official job fair but has had similar events on a smaller scale on campus," said Misha Shorter, Student Success Associate for Central Christian College. "The advantages for the college is for our students to take the opportunity to professionally network, secure a job and learn about the career fields they are interested in."

Job fairs offer job seekers the chance to learn about a variety of companies in many fields. Business can also benefit by meeting a large pool of potential employees that could be a good fit for the company.

"Considering that all of our students have different interests, we would like to see businesses from all sectors. The more diversity the better," Shorter said. "We especially would like to have representation of businesses from aviation, social services, natural sciences, sport science and business."

Those who aren't looking for a job can still benefit from a job fair by learning about different industries, how they work and what benefits they provide to the community. Industries in turn benefit by educating people about what they do.

Businesses interested in participating in the job fair should register at http://registration.centralchristian.edu. Cost to register is $30 before Feb. 16, $40 after Feb. 16, and $50 on the day of the fair if spots are available. Each business will have an 8-foot table with lunch provided.

Shorter recommends businesses bring a tablecloth with their company name and logo, as well as give-aways with the company name, and anything else that might draw attention without being disruptive.

"The more interesting a table is, the more traffic an employer will bring to their table," Shorter said. "Employers should also be prepared to answer questions about their company mission, positions they are offering, qualifications for those positions, and how to be successful in that career field."

Job seekers can get ready now by preparing resumes and cover letters, as well as professional dress. A list of companies that will attend the job fair will be released closer to the date of the fair, and job hunters are encouraged to research businesses that interest them.

"The more job hunters know about a company the more the employer will be impressed. Have thoughtful questions to ask the employers," Shorter recommended. "When at the job fair, it's important to have an 'elevator speech' to say about themselves. It's all about first impressions."

For more information, contact Shorter at misha.shorter@centralchristian.edu.