Job fairs create a wealth of opportunities for job seekers of all ages and educational levels in one convenient location. So, if you’re looking for a job and haven’t been to a job fair yet, here are the top three reasons you should attend one in your area.
Meet many different employers – Employers from different types of companies, businesses, and organizations have booths and displays at job fairs to recruit qualified individuals for a variety of positions. You’ll have the opportunity to meet all of the exhibiting employers, learn about their companies and open positions, and possibly apply for several jobs in one afternoon.
Gain experience – While you’re at a job fair, some employers may interview you on the spot. This will give you the chance to work on your interview skills and practice speaking with hiring managers as you introduce yourself and hand potential employers your résumé. You can also ask them to give you feedback at the end of an interview or conversation. Ask questions like: “Do you have any suggestions to improve my résumé or interviewing skills?” This experience will add to your confidence level.
Network with decision makers – If your dream job or company isn’t at the job fair, you’ll still benefit from attending. Take this chance to talk with hiring managers who are there, because they typically have many contacts in the community. They may have a friend who works at the company you want to work for, or know of a position you’d be interested in that’s opening up soon. You never know what contact will end up helping connect you with the right person.
The next time you see an advertisement for a job fair, remember these three reasons to go. You could land an interview, or even better, be offered a job. So get up and go!