3 Bad Things Are Happening To Job Seekers (So Go To The Job Fair!)
By Mike Bowman    

A job fair is a place where multiple employers can all gather at the same time and interact in person with job seekers. Its mutually beneficial to both employers and job seekers in that both parties get to meet many prospects all in one day. Job seekers can meet anywhere from 10-100 employers in a single day, while the advantage employers have is potentially netting hundreds of potential employees all in one location.

Most job fairs follow a typical set up. Employers will arrive early in the day and each sets up a booth in a large meeting or conference room. Job seekers are sometimes asked to sign in as they enter the job fair, but then are free to roam from booth to booth and interact with the employers of their choice.

What is the number one reason you should attend a job fair?
Perhaps the very best reason to attend a job fair is that you get to meet recruiters and company representatives face to face. A huge hurdle that job seekers contend with is connecting directly with decision makers at the company they have applied to. Most companies have a screening process that makes it virtually impossible to connect with the person who makes the actual hiring decisions and it is very easy for your resume to get lost in the flood of applicants. At the job fair you are a person, not a resume, and you can get an opportunity to pitch your experience and skills directly to the person who is interviewing.

Three bad things often happen to good job seekers:

1. Bad resume: The job seeker finds an advertised position that he knows he is superbly qualified for, however, his resume is a very poor representation of his experience and ability. His poorly formatted / written resume will not even survive the automated screening process, let alone make it into the hands of a decision maker.

2. The virtual screening process: Most companies have an applicant screening process in place; many use an automated process in which no human being has to even look at your resume. The program is designed to look for specific factors on a resume and disregard all the fluff. On paper it sounds extremely efficient. However, the problem for job seekers is that a machine will never listen to the examples you have of your experience; it will not take into consideration anything you didnít have a chance to say on your resume or your extenuating circumstances.

3. Miss out on unadvertised positions: Many job opportunities are not published. Job seekers miss out on these unpublished opportunities because they have no one they can directly ask what else the company has available besides what they find posted online.

Attending a job fair dramatically reduces these issues for a job seeker by placing him right in front of the employer. He can now interact directly with a human being.

Key job fair benefit
By attending a job fair you avoid the pitfalls of a less than perfect resume and the cold, corporate online screening process, because you get to talk to real people and tell them about your education, experience, and skills in your own words. You will learn about additional opportunities, even ones that are unadvertised anywhere else. You will be able to sell yourself far better than your resume ever will, so take full advantage of the job fair format and personally interact with all the employers attending that day.

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