Kai Dickerson
Community Specialist
Posted October 2, 2020

Newest way to get a job: drive-thru job fairs

Drive-thru job fairs are a new innovation to recruit workers while maintaining social distancing. Here's what to expect at a drive-thru hiring event and how to prepare.
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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.”

What is a drive-thru job fair or hiring event?

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

What to expect at a 'grab-and-go' drive-thru job fair

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.

What to expect at an 'on-the-spot' drive-thru job fair

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.

How to prepare for a drive-thru job fair

Similar to an in-person job fair or event, you should arrive prepared and ready to apply and interview. Some helpful tips include:

  • Review the event details fully.
  • Make sure you know the location, time, and how to RSVP to the event if needed. Research the companies or employers that will be present and what opportunities or roles they are looking to hire.
  • Check to see if there are any qualifications or certifications needed.
  • For both types of fairs, make sure your car is clean and tidy, throwing out all trash and papers beforehand. Consider a car wash as well if you’re able.
  • Bring at least 5 copies of your resume. If it is a larger event, make sure to print and bring more.
  • Prepare to be interviewed. Make sure you are prepared to discuss your qualifications and background and are ready to answer commonly asked questions.
  • Dress appropriately - clean and tidy professional or business-casual attire.
  • It is recommended to wear a face covering or mask
  • Follow-up after the event.

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.

Where to find a drive-thru hiring event

Are you ready to drive into your next job opportunity? You can find drive-thru job fairs in local news sources (online, newspapers, television, etc.) and [event platforms like Eventbrite](https://www.eventbrite.com/). If you do not have a car, some communities will offer shuttle buses or transportation services. Be sure to check your community affairs postings and local area for more information.

What do you think about drive-thru hiring? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Denise Re'ala

I don't drive, there' s no jobs where I live in Suffolk County, so this drive - thru sounds ridiculous to me. However, since I depend on public transit, a better idea is to work at home. I just need an entry level position w/ no computers. Thanks.

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Kimberly S Romines

I guess I need to build a resome.

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