Tashia Reynolds
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I decided to put my job search on hold until after the holidays and started looking around for job openings and hiring opportunities happening in January. I noticed a lot of job fair listings in and around my area. I’ve heard mixed reviews about finding job at these events so I’m a little bit skeptical and hesitant over investing too much time and effort preparing to go to one of these if it’s not going to get me the results I need. How can identify the best job fairs to attend and what can I do to help me prepare and make enough of an impression to get hired?

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Jim Wahl

Depends on the field you are looking to get into. I would tend to agree with you on job fairs not being the best use of your time. You are likely to hear "Please take this brochure and apply on our Career page to get considered". If they are listing job fairs at specific companies then I would attend that as they are looking to hire and will often interview on the spot. The general job fairs can be time waster.

If you do go then a few tips.

  1. Dress like you are interviewing that day
  2. Bring copies of your resume
  3. Bring a was cloth or small towel for sweaty hands (yours or theres)
  4. Research all the companies that are going to be there. Visit their career site and see if they have any openings you would be interested in. Then mention that opening when you meet them.
  5. DO NOT approach a table and state "What do you guys do?" or "What types of jobs do you have?"
  6. Drink lots of water as you will be talking about yourself
  7. Sell yourself on why you are the right candidate for the job they are hiring for
  8. Make a good impression. It's hard for the recruiters to remember everyone they talk to

Good Luck!

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Jessica Lambert

Hi Tashia, Job fairs make great networking and job search venues but setting the right expectations beforehand will ultimately help you maximize your experience. Remember, job fairs are NOT job interviews but an opportunity for you to put a face on a resume and hopefully make a good enough impression to land and interview. https://www.themuse.com/advice/8-ways-to-stand-out-at-a-career-fair

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Andrew Foley

Is it a job fair or a hiring event? There’s a difference! Companies sponsor hiring events whenever they’re need to fill a large amount of job openings within a relatively short period of time. Job fairs are more like a meet and greet opportunity for both employers and applicants. Companies are there to recruit the best candidates for open or future job openings so don’t be surprised if they do all the talking.

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