Career fairs, also called job fairs, are an excellent way to find jobs. Companies come to you to find employment and you go to them in hopes that you're the candidate of choice. You spend one day to attend a place where companies gather together to fill a void in their company. Take advantage of work opportunities provided in one location. You'll never know where it may take you.
Job fairs bring a first impression like no resume can. There's nothing like interacting with company representatives face-to-face and getting a feel for the company. The same is said of companies attending. Seeing the person with the resume or application in hand is better than just reading the resume/application. Some companies will conduct interviews on the spot. Polish your interview skills and dress appropriately. Be sure to ask questions. Employers like answering questions because it shows that you listen, you're proactive and you're thoughtful. However, don't ask questions that are answered on the website or about money/benefits. This hurts your first impression.
You don't want to end up in disappointment, so do your homework prior to attending. Read up on each company attending to see what the company is about, what jobs are open and if the application can be filled out online. Not all businesses are companies; some are non-profits, some are colleges and some are government agencies. Still it's important to research as some companies will have what you're after. Only go to a job fair if the application isn't online; you can fill those out at home. If it's in PDF or Word form fill it out and hand it to them at the fair. Otherwise polish those resumes. Tweak it to match the job. If one job consists of clerical and the other is marketing make two resumes for those industries. Have plenty to hand out. The goal isn't to meet with every company at the fair. The goal is to chat with companies that match your interests.
Job fairs are a great way to gain job opportunities, network and meet new people. As long as you perform due diligence it will be time well spent. Contact us for more information.