3 Bad Things Are Happening To Job Seekers (So Go To The
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:
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.
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.
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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