The pandemic has altered the way in which American’s gather for any social activity. And for the safety of job seekers and recruiters alike, that means an essential shift in how job fairs are run. According to one of the nation’s top staffing agencies, Express Employment Professionals, “Drive-Thru Job Fairs perfect the process to make it safe, easy and most importantly effective for communities.”
A drive-thru job fair is a no-contact job fair hosted by one or more employers that allows job seekers to apply for positions from the safety of their vehicle instead of going into a physical space. These fairs are also called drive-in hiring events, curbside job fairs, or parking lot job fairs. These have been extremely helpful for industries like manufacturing, retail, or construction, where remote work is not possible.
There are two main types of drive-thru job fairs: grab-and-go and on-the-spot
At a grab-and-go set-up, you can expect little or very limited contact. This type is free from any handshaking or face-to-face conversation. Instead, you drive up to receive a bag filled with one-page documents or brochures about a company, their open opportunities, and helpful instructions for applying. This is a great option for those that may live with or care for a more vulnerable or at-risk person, but are still actively looking for work. The bags are pre-packaged and given to you by someone who is wearing both a mask and gloves.
At an on-the-spot drive-thru job fair, employers interview candidates while the person remains in their vehicle and often hire or extend an offer the same day. This format allows you to meet with multiple employers and interview for more than one position in a single day—increasing your chances of being hired quickly. While these on-the-spot job fairs do adhere to social distancing guidelines, it is recommended to wear a face covering or mask.
Similar to an in-person job fair or event, you should arrive prepared and ready to apply and interview. Some helpful tips include:
Many of these drive-thru job fairs have already popped up around the country, and including events in #Nebraska, #Massachusetts, #California, #Florida, and #Michigan. And they're gaining popularity with companies like Chick-fil-A’s, Perdue Farms, assisted living and elderly care facilities, public school districts, among others. Due to the continued effects of the pandemic, it’s likely we will see this type of recruiting more frequently.
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