Okay! So you’ve done your online application for camp, you’ve written all about your strengths, passed your interview & harassed your references until they filled out the forms for you. Now it’s time for the Camp Recruitment Fairs!
Camp Recruitment Fairs are a time for you to really sell yourself! Because this is the time for you to actually meet the camp directors & try & bag yourself a job! I have devised a plan which I followed both times I got recruited at Camp Fairs so that you can get yourself that job you have been dreaming about!
- Get there early – Most camp fairs start at midday & I always got to the camp fairs as early as possible! This is because there are going to be thousands of the same kind of person going for one spot at camp! If you’re there early, you are going to be the first person that they meet, meaning that you have more of a chance to get placed than someone who arrives late.
- Do your research – This is a job interview after all! Soon as you go into the hall, look for the camps which have taken your fancy the most! Do as much research as you can on them so that you know exactly what they are looking for, what kind of camp it is & what jobs they have available. I always wrote a list of my top three once the list of camps was out, then cross referenced them to what they were looking for. So for example, if you want to go to camp as a photographer you should look at camps which are looking for photographers. There is no point going to another camp which isn’t looking for a job which is available. In doing this you are saving yourself & the camps time.
- Be yourself – I know this sounds cheesy, but when you go to camp fairs you want to show off your best points! I always recommend getting good nights sleep the night before, having breakfast and dressing up smartly yet warmly! This is because there is a lot of waiting around before you get into the hall! If you’ve had a good breakfast & your warm, you won’t be in a bad mood by the time you get inside!
- SMILE – A smile always breaks down walls, well thats my Nan used to tell me! If you are warm and friendly, then the person interviewing you will be warm and friendly back. If your going to be miserable then the person who is interviewing will miserable back. But if you smile and you are friendly back to everyone, then your more likely going to get a positive reaction rather than a negative one! Plus at camp, your always going to have to be happy even when you don’t feel like it! So this is good practise!
- Stay Positive – Okay so you have gotten into the hall & there are hundreds of people around you, all wanting to work in America this summer. The first thing which crossed my mind both times was “Oh my God! How the hell am I going to find a job with this many people!” But if you keep positive, take a deep breath & follow the plan you have made. You will be fine!
- Don’t take it to heart – Okay so if you don’t get placed at the camp fairs it’s not the end of the world! When I was at my first Recruitment Fair, when I left I saw many people sitting on the stairs upset because they didn’t get placed. It’s not the end of the world if you do not get placed at the fairs. This is because there are hundreds if not thousands of camps in America which do not use this method of recruiting! Many camps tend to look for international staff via their own versions of the camp agency website and will hold skype interviews this way. So please do not be upset if you do not get placed. Because there will be your dream camp and job out there looking for you soon!
I hope you have found this post interesting and helpful! If you have any questions please just ask!