Job Fair Goers Get Immediate Offers
A little secret; most employers host job fairs because they have an immediate hiring need. That’s a great opportunity for people who want or need a new job right away. Many employers offer on-the-spot interviews. If the interview goes well, references check out and you have a solid job history, job fair attendees have a good shot at receiving an immediate job offer.
Put a Face to the Company
When submitting a job application or resume online, you’re just a virtual ‘piece of paper’. By attending a job fair, your whole persona is presented. You can formally introduce yourself and create a great first impression. Plus, you get the opportunity to meet the company representative and ask questions about what it’s like to work there.
You can gain valuable insight into the hiring criteria of employers by asking questions. Feel free to ask questions such as:
- “What is your ideal candidate like?”
- “Do you like working for your organization?”
- “Are there opportunities for advancement in your company?”
- “What makes your organization a great place to work?”
What employers say in their responses, and how they say it, will give you a good idea if you are a potentially good fit for them, and if they are a good fit for you.
Job fairs offer a great opportunity for networking and connecting with local professionals. Make the effort; introduce yourself, smile, share your elevator speech (It communicates who you are, what kind of job you’re looking for and how you can benefit a company or organization. It’s typically about 30 seconds, the time it takes people to ride from the top to the bottom of a building in an elevator). Ask for business cards or if company representatives are open to connecting with you on a social network.
Save Time and Money
A recent LinkedIn post revealed it takes an average of 30 minutes to complete just one application form. If you print a resume and send it snail mail, it will cost you a minimum of .50 cents. And, according to career site Glassdoor, it takes employers an average of 23 working days on average to fill one position. While attending a career fair won’t guarantee a job offer, you’ll save time and money and speed the hiring process if you attend.
We look forward to meeting you during our job fairs!
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The content in this blog was originally published in February 2016. It has been edited with current information.