A job fair (also known as a career fair or hiring event) is a recruiting event that employers host to meet potential employees.
In most cases, job fairs are held in conference halls and several employers each have their own booth. These booths are staffed by employees of the company, typically representatives from their human resources department.
Employers offer information on the type of work the company does, the available job opportunities, and how the application process works.
Why would I attend a job fair?
A job fair is a relatively relaxed environment to research companies and industry sectors you’re interested in joining. Representatives of the companies are typically forthcoming about what the job involves and what would be expected from you, so it’s a good way to get an idea of whether it’s a good career path for you.
Many companies offer bonuses, giveaways, and useful literature to entice worthy individuals to their booth. Sometimes, companies hire on the spot.
A career event is one of the best opportunities you have for networking with real people working in your industry. You can talk with people face-to-face, which is miles better than attempting to get in contact with a company through email, social media, or an impersonal resume.
Besides all this, job fairs typically have lots of useful information on how to prepare for a career in your chosen industry. You will be able to get advice on how to prepare and improve your resume. You’ll get tips on the educational achievements and certifications that really impress employers.
A job fair is a good place to get an idea of what might be the next big thing. Employers are happy to talk about what they believe is the future of their industry and will be pleased to see you taking an interest in the same passion they have.
How to make the most of a job fair
Come to a career fair prepared with a goal in mind. Know the questions you want to ask and the answers you hope to hear. Employers can read your resume at a later date; at a career fair, they’re more interested in seeing your enthusiasm for the niche. Bringing an excellent set of questions shows you’ve done your homework and you’re the type of organized person who might be a good hire.
Try not to be overwhelmed by the size of the event and avoid getting sidetracked by amusements not important to your career. When you arrive at the event, find the locations of the employers you are most interested in and dedicate enough time with each of them to get everything you need.
Of course, it’s important to dress and act professionally. Act as if you’re already on the team. Finally, get the contact details of everyone you think can help further your career. Whether it’s email, LinkedIn, or just a business card, this is your chance to get in on the ground floor with the company of your dreams, so make the most of it.