As the job market floods with new talent, many job hunters are turning to virtual and physical job fairs to gain reach and visibility. But for job seekers without the right information, these fairs can be a waste of time, reports CareerCast.com.
From big cities to small towns, job fairs are being organized at a record pace. But job seekers need to do their homework before they attend an actual event, or they can expect long lines, indifferent recruiters and more frustration than satisfaction.
“Fairs that are targeted to a specific industry, function or company tend to attract smaller, more focused companies and provide the best experience,” explains Tony Lee, publisher of CareerCast.com. “Larger fairs can provide additional benefits, such as free seminars, resume critiques and other career-related services. But large fairs also typically offer overcrowded ballrooms, tired recruiters and high levels of candidate anxiety.”
CareerCast.com offers these important tips to help make your job fair visit as productive as possible:
- Pre-register online. Visit the associated Virtual Job Fair and research company opportunities by searching available positions and completing skills interviews. If any openings look like a good fit, go ahead and apply to get a leg up on other attendees. With this information in hand, you can target employers and have a pitch customized for each opportunity.
- Arrive early. By beating the crowd, your odds grow of speaking with recruiters who are fresh and more willing to spend time with you. You also increase your odds of meeting with your top picks early on.
- Develop your “elevator pitch,” a 30 to 45 second statement summarizing your background and career goals (the name comes from your ability to make the pitch between floors in an elevator.) The pitch should be tailored to include skills that are relevant to the specific needs of each company.
- After each recruiter meeting, take notes summarizing your conversation. Include suggestions or next steps the recruiter recommends. Try to get a business card or an email address from every recruiter you meet so you can follow up effectively.
To read the complete article on job fairs and access job listings from over 500 newspaper, broadcast, trade publishing and niche sites, visit CareerCast.com.
CareerCast.com, created by Adicio, is a job search portal that offers extensive local, niche and national job listings from across North America as well as job-hunting, career-management and HR-focused editorial content, videos and blogs, and provides recruiters with the ability to post jobs directly to more than 500 niche career sites.