Friday, April 4, 2014

How to score a job at the Outlet Collection at Riverwalk's job fair

Posted By on Fri, Apr 4, 2014 at 2:11 PM

Any job interview is a daunting prospect. But what if you're considering not one but more than 1,000 jobs offered by 70-plus companies? That will be the case for job seekers at the Outlet Collection at Riverwalk's job fair.

"We have management opportunities, janitorial, sales, food services, administrative positions and many more to fill," says on-site marking contact Carly Plotkin. "We're hoping for at least a few thousand [job seekers]."

Frank Crisci, vice president of merchandising for Neiman Marcus Last Call Studio, recommends wearing a look like this one.
  • Frank Crisci, vice president of merchandising for Neiman Marcus Last Call Studio, recommends wearing a look like this one.

The job fair takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, April 7 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, where more than 70 companies will hire for 1,019 part- and full-time jobs.

The job fair will be set up with a seating area where attendees can register, a layout of the hall's interior space so applicants can find tenants and a private interview area behind the information booths. "Some [companies] may be conducting interviews right there," Plotkin says.

Plotkin advises people to arrive early, bring resumes and apply to five to seven retailers. "We encourage everyone to go in with a plan," she says. "But people can apply to as many [jobs] as they wish." Registration ends at 2:30 p.m.

Check out the list of retailers and visit their websites to learn more about job opportunities. A few jobs are online at www.indeed.com. Plotkin encourages applicants to follow the Outlet Collection on Twitter to get updates on the job fair.

The Mayor's Office of Workforce Development JOB1 program, an event partner, recommends men and women wear conservative suits in solid colors. "Dress professionally but comfortably," Plotkin says. "You don't want to be tugging a jacket if it is too tight. Pants and a blazer are recommended, but if you wear a dress, we recommend tights or pantyhose and a closed-toe pump." Frank Crisci, vice president of merchandising for Neiman Marcus Last Call Studio, which will anchor the center, says to "keep it clean, polished and professional" with minimal accessories.

The outlet center, which recently underwent a $70 million renovation by The Howard Hughes Corporation, opens Thursday, May 22. Salaries and start dates for the jobs vary by retailer and position. "It could be an immediate turnaround, and they could be training next week," Plotkin says, "It's very dependent on individual retailers."

Job seekers can call the JOB1 hotline at (504) 658-4500 for resources and tips.

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