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Getting The Most Out of a Job Fair

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

You spend days preparing for that big career fair, where you’ll meet your dream employer who will throw lots of money your way because YOU are the one they’ve been waiting for. However, the reality is that many people who attend job fairs are left disappointed, frustrated and jobless.

Here are some pointers to help you get the most out of your job fair experience.

Don’t expect to get a job at a job fair. The description “job fair” is a misnomer. Typically, a recruiter at a job fair will glance over your resume, spend about five or ten minutes talking to you, and then move on.

The job fair is like a dance — it’s an opportunity to scout what’s out there and pursue what’s interesting. It is not a place for the candidate or the recruiter to fall in love with each other upon first sight.

1. Don’t be afraid to leave your resume at every table.

    The human resources representatives present at job fairs typically do all the recruiting for their respective organizations. If the company isn’t offering anything in your desired field, it doesn’t hurt to leave a copy of your resume in case something opens later. Think of it as performing a mass broadcast delivery of your resume in person.

2. Bring along a cover letter.

    Remember, at most job fairs, recruiters see dozens, if not hundreds of candidates. A cover letter keeps your name fresh in their minds, and helps the recruiter better place you within their company, especially later on if they want to share notes with managers within their companies.

3. Don’t grab the goodies.

    Many companies offer a small premium item to keep their name in front of candidates. If you’re a collector, think for a moment about the message you’re sending. If you show up at a table with a bag full of goodies that you’ve gathered from other tables, it makes you look as though you only came for the giveaways. Still worse, if you approach a recruiter with chocolate, or some other flavored treat clearly visible on your teeth, lips or breath, do you think a recruiter is going to take you seriously?

4. Know what you want.

    When times are tough, it’s not uncommon for the person who’s been unemployed a while to be less discriminating about the employment they’ll accept. In reality, your willingness to do “anything” the company has to offer is more frustrating than you realize. You can’t expect the recruiter to read your mind and find the perfect role for you; you need to meet them halfway by offering a hint as to where your interests lie.

Career fairs are an excellent way to network, not just with recruiters but with people who might be able to help you advance your career. Make good use of your time and you’re bound to get positive results from a career fair.

Why IT Recruiters Are Better Than Job Fairs

Monday, September 28th, 2015

If you have ever held a job fair, you know that it can be expensive and time-consuming. You need to pay for the location where you are going to have it in most instances. You need copies of applications, information about the company, and you need to have printed swag as a way of attracting people to your table.

Particularly when you are at a job fair where there are many other companies, you have to compete to get the best of the best to where you are. This means having a better booth and more €stuff€ to hand out – and this all comes at a cost. IT recruiters can work in a more effective way for you.

By using IT recruiters, you never have to hold another job fair again. You won’t have to waste your time sitting around, collecting resumes, and answering questions about your business. Instead, you can proceed with business as usual while a recruiter works behind the scenes to find the people that you need.

The recruiter is going to do all the work, including finding the people and conducting the interviews. This way you can save your HR budget for more important things, like training your employees instead of buying pens for people to be lured to your job fair booth.
You also don’t have to worry about taking impeccable notes. If you ever had a great conversation with someone, took their resume, and then couldn’t find it once you got back to the office, you know the frustrations that can come from job fairs. There is simply too much going on and the chaos can cause you to miss out on some very important things.

Instead of trying to remember who you talked with and make piles out of the resumes you do and don’t want to look at further, you can hand the entire responsibility over to IT recruiters. They are in the business because they know what they are doing and they can make short work out of finding you the right person.

They may hold their own job fair or they will post ads or use their own contacts. Regardless of how they come up with the candidates, you won’t have to worry about those details because the recruiter has promised to find someone for you. All you have to do is narrow it down to a single person out of the final resumes that are given to you.

Job fairs are time consuming, expensive, and chaotic. You also don’t want to get into competitions with the other businesses simply because someone has a good resume. It’s best not to create a free for all with your company. There are better ways to find qualified individuals and IT recruiters know these ways.
They can be more affordable than conducting a job fair and it will result in less work for you as well as the ability to find someone faster, allowing you to fill the position and move on with your job.