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Old 08-03-2010, 09:15 PM
 
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This time my wife went with me as she is now unemployed as well.
E-mail we got said "bring plenty of resumes...at least 20". I told my wife, "no way". Even the guy at the sign-in desk didn't act friendly at all. No "good morning", "hello".....nothing except "the job fair won't start til 11AM" At 11AM, he did give the same motivational speech I'd heard him give before.....which is basically a bunch of crap! Her and I went inside the Fair and it was just like I told her it would be.......a few (5 companies), a couple of schools (why have schools when everyone is looking for a job) and a resume service. We each took 5 resumes, but didn't give out a single one.....absolutely nothing that we do/have experience in/don't care about doing. One lady there told us that she was very disappointed. There was not one single Bank there and the Job Fair website said there would be a few and that is what she was looking for.
Anyway, just another "joke" for a Job Fair!!
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Old 08-03-2010, 09:48 PM
 
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I agree that job fairs are turning into a waste of time. I went to one a couple of weeks ago and it was very similar to the one you described. There were a bunch of for-profit schools, temp agencies, military outfits and resume writing services. We have a few call centers in town, and those were all very well-represented.

There were 2 companies that interested me and I gave both of them resumes. I followed up on both of them via email last week and have yet to hear anything back.

Generic career fairs are always a flop. Hundreds, if not thousands, of people show up for them. Most people go there with high hopes but walk out feeling very disappointed.
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Old 08-03-2010, 10:17 PM
 
Location: Chciago
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This time my wife went with me as she is now unemployed as well.
E-mail we got said "bring plenty of resumes...at least 20". I told my wife, "no way". Even the guy at the sign-in desk didn't act friendly at all. No "good morning", "hello".....nothing except "the job fair won't start til 11AM" At 11AM, he did give the same motivational speech I'd heard him give before.....which is basically a bunch of crap! Her and I went inside the Fair and it was just like I told her it would be.......a few (5 companies), a couple of schools (why have schools when everyone is looking for a job) and a resume service. We each took 5 resumes, but didn't give out a single one.....absolutely nothing that we do/have experience in/don't care about doing. One lady there told us that she was very disappointed. There was not one single Bank there and the Job Fair website said there would be a few and that is what she was looking for.
Anyway, just another "joke" for a Job Fair!!
Don't give up on them but job fairs are often a waste of time. There's a place by me that puts on job fairs about once a month, same companies everytime so if you've been there once no need to go again.

Most job fairs I've been to are 100% commission sales jobs, military, and part time jobs like school crossing guards, bus drivers for schools, etc.
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Old 08-03-2010, 10:39 PM
 
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The insider information that I get is that job fairs are not really there to help.
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Old 08-03-2010, 10:43 PM
 
Location: Moose Jaw, in between the Moose's butt and nose.
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A shame, when at some of these job fairs, there are almost as many schools, jobs that are 100% commission, or resume services, as employers........deceptive advertising.
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Old 08-03-2010, 11:16 PM
 
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I was fortunate to have a great career fair associated with my school. There were always 80+ companies and you didn't have to be a student or alum to attend. I would suggest trying to see if a large university in your area has a career fair which also lets anyone attend. To really get a large career fair there needs to be a large backer that can guarantee that there will be qualified people there to fill positions.

This may not apply to fairs as small as 5 actual companies, but just because the same companies show up every time does not mean it's not worth it to go more than once. Eventually they will have new positions and having your face in their memory puts you that much further up the line.

It's really unfortunate that your experience wasn't good and a shame that so few companies showed up. If companies really want to hire people in the future, when the job market is booming, they should be out there finding the people that can fill those positions as early as possible.
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Old 08-04-2010, 06:15 AM
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I've only gone to one job fair here as my unemployment was very sort lived and i was impressed.. they hold specific job fairs for specific skills.. When i got there there was a sheet with each company and the current jobs they had posted.. lots of them. i then went to each one that i was interested in and or qualified for and spoke to the team and gave my resume.. One company actaully told me that I didn't have the skills they were needing in the area but had other opportunites they were needing to fill in other states if I was interested in moving. No schools were present and the job fair was specifically for technical and engineering skills - (huge difference in comparison to a basic "Job Fair")

Use the opportunity to NETWORK with people.. word of mouth goes a long way.. Create a business card with your name, number, and even a website that has your resume on it. There are several career networking websites that you can post your resume on. - especially if your in a technical/engineering field as many hiring managers use these sites along with word of mouth.
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Old 08-04-2010, 06:23 AM
 
Location: Live in NY State, work in CT
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Most job fairs are exactly like you describe. There are two specialized kinds that may be exceptions:

1) IT Job Fairs can work if you have the very very specific skills that the booths are often looking for.

2) Education Job Fairs do sometimes work, though in this tough economy for teachers it more often than not turns out like the "generic" Career Fairs.
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Old 08-04-2010, 08:10 AM
 
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Here is a good one regarding job fairs that took place in Florida or should I say Flori-duh.

It was in Tampa and those attending had to pay either $5 or bring canned goods for the needy.

I saw it on the news and couldn't believe they would expect unemployed people to pay money or donate food.
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Old 08-04-2010, 08:34 AM
 
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OP, just out of curiosity, who was this job fair sponsored by?
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