Job fairs are a very effective and personal ways to interact with a number of different companies in a very short period of time. A wide variety of companies normally participate. This is an excellent opportunity to browse, indulge your curiosity and gain a perspective on where you fit in the job market.
Large portions of modern hiring processes are completed online and by phone. Employers screen resumes and cover letter electronically and you research employers online. Job fairs provide an opportunity to meet employers face to face and get answers to your questions about particular positions or companies straight from a company representative. They provide an opportunity to be evaluated on more than just your resume. Interpersonal skills, communication skills and workplace appropriate social skills are critical. Many employers evaluate these skills heavily, because they want to hire people who can make a good impression on their clients and customers.
Job fairs provide many opportunities to:
- Investigate positions, occupations and/or career fields and companies in which you have an interest.
- Network with professionals in the career fields and companies in which you have an interest.
- Network with other job seekers. Talk to others while you’re standing in line to exchange job-searching ideas, provide support and even obtain leads.
- Polish your interviewing and professional skills by talking with employers. Practice selling your skills, experience, and education to build your comfort level with interviewing. Pay close attention to the popular questions that you may not have anticipated and prepare answers to those questions for future interviews.