The reputation of job fairs waxes and wanes with the economy, and in our existing downturn, these gatherings are back once more with a vengeance. From massive cities to modest towns, job fairs are becoming organized by national job boards, nearby chambers of commerce and all sorts of organizations in-amongst. And there is no doubt that bringing collectively employers that have readily available jobs to meet with eager job hunters is a wonderful idea. The catch from the job seekers' point of view is in producing certain you have the right expectations just before heading off to a nearby fair.
When a laid off project manager was preparing to attend a current job fair in a New Jersey suburb, for instance, he focused on the very same points he believed about when he initially attended job fairs 10 years ago: the appear of his suit, the top quality of his resume, and the very best way to stay clear of site visitors although finding to the hotel ballroom. Sadly, points have changed, and he was in for a massive surprise.
The fair was scheduled to run from 9am to 3pm, and the manager arrived about 10:30am. He was greeted by a line of fellow job hunters that, as far as he could inform, stretched from the ballroom down two hallways and into yet another empty ballroom. And that was just to register to attend.
By the time he registered and reached the ballroom with employer booths, it was 12:10pm, and each and every booth had a lengthy line of hopeful applicants. He attempted to discover the employers he wanted to target, but located it challenging to navigate by means of the overcrowded area. He sooner or later saw one particular target employer and moved to the back of their line. As opposed to the line to register, the line to see the employer moved rapidly, but there was a cause. The recruiter at the front (in this case, a current college graduate who had joined the organization just a handful of months earlier) handed each and every candidate a sheet explaining their open positions. The sheet also asked each and every candidate to take a look at the company's internet web site for much more data and to apply. When the manager attempted to ask concerns about one particular of the readily available jobs, the recruiter stated she did not have time to talk about job possibilities with each and every attendee, and to please take a look at the web site. The job hunter managed to chat a small longer, but it was clear the recruiter was overwhelmed by the applicant response.
Not all employers that day took this method, but several did. A well being-care organization with a wider variety of open positions had much more recruiters and seemed prepared to commit much more time with each and every applicant. The manager asked about a project coordinator function the organization was marketing, and he was directed to wait in yet another line to speak to a recruiter who was handling that position. 3 other candidates stood ahead of him in line, and by the time he reached the recruiter, who was sitting at a table behind a modest screen, 3 much more candidates had been behind him. It was apparent that the recruiter he met with was tired, getting met with several other applicants by mid-afternoon. But the manager got his concerns asked and answered, and believed he created a superior impression. Having said that, the candidate in no way heard yet another word even although the recruiter stated they could be interested in a second interview.
To be certain, not all candidates have this variety of job fair encounter. Fairs that are targeted to a particular market, function or organization have a tendency to attract smaller sized, much more focused recruiters and candidates. The very same is accurate for fairs in smaller sized towns, and these targeting entry-level or seasonal personnel. And even several bigger fairs offer you advantages beyond attempting to meet with recruiters, such as these that supply cost-free seminars from seasoned profession counselors, as effectively as resume critiques and other cost-free or low-price solutions. And of course, if you use your time at the fair to network with other job hunters who are looking for equivalent positions, you could tap into wonderful sources of job data.
But if your sole cause for attending a significant fair is to seek top quality time to talk about your application with an interested recruiter, you most likely will be sorely disappointed. Right here are a handful of recommendations to enable make your job fair take a look at as productive as probable:
- Arrive early and pre-register if probable. By beating the crowd, your odds develop of speaking with recruiters who are fresh and much more prepared to commit time with you. The possibility also grows that you can meet with the 3 or 4 very best fits for your talent early on and leave just before spending your entire day in lines.
- Study organization possibilities in advance. No sense in standing in line for a organization that is not hiring your function or ability level. In advance of the fair, take a look at the Virtual Job Fair (if one particular exists) on the job fair organizer's web site to see what employers are attending. If the VJF posts job openings from attending organizations, go ahead and apply to get a leg up on other job fair attendees. If not, then take a look at each and every employer's web site to overview their possibilities. Also commit time reviewing each and every company's web site, reading their newest annual report and other relevant components. With this data in hand, you can improved target employers and have a pitch prepared for each and every recruiter.
- Create your “elevator pitch,” which is a 30 to 45 second statement that summarizes your background and profession objectives (the name comes from your capability to make the pitch amongst floors in an elevator). The pitch really should be tailored to incorporate your capabilities that are most relevant to the particular wants of each and every organization.
- Recruit a fellow job hunter to attend with you. Even if you are in various fields, you can cover much more ground and report to each and every other if you meet with a organization that is hunting for capabilities that your colleague can fill. If you never know other job hunters, discover and attend a nearby meeting of job hunters. The advantages are numerous. For instance, it is a wonderful way to alleviate the loneliness of job hunting. Job clubs commonly are hosted by churches, synagogues and neighborhood groups, and are advertised in neighborhood newspapers and internet web pages.
Following each and every recruiter meeting, jot down notes summarizing your conversation. Include things like any recommendations or subsequent methods the recruiter recommends, and attempt your very best to get a business enterprise card or at least an e-mail address from just about every recruiter you meet so you can adhere to up efficiently.