Effectiveness of job fairs

Organized players are conducting job fairs and career expos creating for aspirants another platform to interact with best companies. Online recruitment websites continue to be one of the most favored destinations for job seekers as well as employers. An aspirant may not necessarily find a new job at a career expo, but at least can stay updated about current openings and trends in the industry.

Job fairs are gaining popularity

Job fairs organized gathering, in which employers set up booths and meet with prospective employees. These are usually organized by universities or professional associations. While the concept of job fairs may not be new, they were thus far limited by their scope and hence did not have universal appeal. With time, however, the scale on which they are conducted has improved and now they are a viable proposition for both employers as well as job seekers.

Job fairs present an unparalleled opportunity for anyone looking for a new job (a fresher or someone with experience). As one component in a dedicated information gathering process, attending a job fair is an invaluable experience.

At these events, companies participate with a view of attracting the best talent available in the industry. Each company is looking to recruit so that they can fill up vacancies in their organization. The biggest advantage is that all the companies are looking for employable talent and hence the aspirant has an audience that is willing to hear hi and evaluate him. The job aspirant can thus reach out to all the prospective employers in the span of a day and stand to gain a great career. The diverse pool of talent available at a job presents a wide choice to employers and is a cost effective tool.

If there aren’t enough candidates coming to the fair to visit an employer’s booth, participating in a job fair is not viable. The job fair model instead of being primarily focused on just hiring people for junior level positions can be re-designed to make it more conducive for senior level positions as well.

Job fairs today are considered as a serious recruitment platform. Candidates should be serious about their options; they should not come to job fairs for window shopping. A candidate should identify the right organization and go through the recruitment process with the company.

Experts advise that someone attending such an event should do sufficient research before they arrive at the venue. Often, it is possible to obtain information about the participants in a job fair before the event. It is a good idea to shortlist the companies that one would be interested in, even if it is just two or three organizations.

Further, it is better to obtain information about the kind of positions available in the company also. As part of their research, candidates should also plan in advance about what they could learn and gather information about prospective employers.

Job seekers must remember that companies are quite serious when it comes to recruitment. Hence they should avoid casual attire and opt for a formal one instead. Based on the companies’ requirements, it would also be wise if the aspirant can customize the resume as per the employer, rather mass producing a generic resume.

It is hard to know just how valuable a job fair might be, without actually attending it. But by going in prepared and with an open mind, the aspirant is likely learns something valuable. One might meet an employer who sounds really terrific; the chances are the candidate might be introduced to new options which he had not considered before. The candidate must be in a positive frame of mind to accept the new options where he may end up with faster career growth than what he had originally planned.