Prepare for the Career Fair--

1) Reserve our Free Electrical Demo Board (MEA members only!)

The Electrical Demo Board is used as a visual depiction of the wire, wire connectors, colors, and typical routing for simple circuitry needed for two receptacles, one SPST switch and a lamp. The board is available for pick up and drop off only!  (Dim: 4ft x 2ft x 4in)
Reserve the Demo Board (members only) & Download the Instructions (pdf)

2) Download, print and share these with your audience!

Pathway to Becoming an Electrician
MEA-- Who We Are
Common Tasks for Electricians
79 Jobs for Electricians
Earning Potential for Electricians
Fun Facts About Electricity
Electrifying Word Search Puzzles


3) Order Career Fair Kits
Select from our "Kids Circuit Kits (LED paper helicopters) and a variety of brochures/handouts. Learn More & Order

While you're at the Career Fair--

1) Collect Resumes
While you're at the career fair, gather resumes. We'll post them on our new Resume Center.

2) Share Our Electrical Careers Video!

This video focuses on how a career in the electrical industry is a great option for someone contemplating their future.

Save the link and play it for the students. Post this on your company's website for job prospects! (If your site blocks YouTube, open the link here.)



Thank You to Our Video Contributors!
      

 

Ideas for Highlighting Just How Lucrative a Career in the Electrical Industry Can Be:

1)  Participate in your local community job fairs
This is a great way to meet potential new-hires within your community and position yourself as an employer who is eager and ready to hire skilled workers. Check with your local community center, surrounding cities and technical colleges for a list of possible events that may be approaching. Emphasize characteristics of the job that are appealing to the incoming workforce, such as decent wages, compensation and benefits packages, no student loans, rapidly changing technologies, a clear career path, etc. Be sure to utilize our Career Marketing Kit for a small library of downloadable items that can help you convey the right message!

2)  Participate in middle/high school career exploration days
Mostly every school has a day set aside each year where they bring in professionals across a variety of fields to showcase different jobs to the students. Face-to-face interaction and hands-on learning carries a big impact with school aged kids who are thinking about their next steps after graduation. It is important to educate students about the options of apprenticeship or technical school in addition to what they are most likely already learning about attending a 4-year college. Emphasize characteristics of the job that are appealing to the incoming workforce, such as decent wages, compensation and benefits packages, no student loans, rapidly changing technologies, a clear career path, etc. Be sure to utilize our Career Marketing Kit for a small library of downloadable items that can help you convey the right message!

3)  Host a Job Shadow Day 
This offers prospects a unique opportunity to visit your work environment to see what a typical day as an electrician entails. Prepare an agenda for the day, share the shadow with colleagues, provide an open dialogue for conversation and questions, and give the prospect some information to take with them when they leave.

News & Other Resources:


RECRUITMENT

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RETENTION
How to be the Employer of Choice

STATISTICS
32 States Add Construction Jobs
State Construction Employment (seasonally adjusted), 12/15 - 12/16
Occupational Employment Statistics for Electricians 


Members can reserve the Electrical Demo Board for FREE!


Andrew Javens of Laketown Electric (Mankato, MN) interacting with students at a career exploration day at Faribault Middle School.


MEA Members Dale and Cody Jackson of Jackson Electric (Winthrop, MN) were teachers for a day at Moose Lake Middle School & High School Career Day!


An example of just a few of the materials available for download.