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Old 01-18-2016, 09:30 AM
 
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If you need some pens or water bottles, they're great.
it costs more $ to get there and back. And it's more than the price of those cheap pens and bottles with crap water. Get a Brita water filter pitcher and there's your "free water". You think they were "spring water"? lol.
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Old 01-18-2016, 11:09 AM
 
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They work for certain jobs such as retail and usually high revolving door jobs. Telemarketers, sales people, and security jobs are always in demand.
Yes, this was what I experienced also. My recollection was that it was light on retail and more focused on either scam jobs or commission-based jobs. They do mostly tell you to apply online. I remember thinking "what is the point of this?". I wondered if there was a company tax write-off or something.
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Old 01-18-2016, 11:25 AM
 
Location: Chicago area
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Worthless. A bunch of company reps handing out pens and water bottles as stated above and tell you to apply online. You would be more effective staying home and applying online rather than wasting your time there. The people there have no authority to make any decision regarding hiring or even interviewing.
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Old 01-18-2016, 12:39 PM
 
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Worthless. A bunch of company reps handing out pens and water bottles as stated above and tell you to apply online. You would be more effective staying home and applying online rather than wasting your time there. The people there have no authority to make any decision regarding hiring or even interviewing.
And that's what I said too. Stay home and apply online. Save your money and your time. The people at those fairs who sit behind the silly booths are usually greenhorn hr people. They just run their mouth all day and laugh there. They don't take resumes or give you clues about serious paying jobs. They don't give you leads. They just waste your time. And who needs all that free junk they give out. How many pens, cups and that disgusting water does somebody need? So all that mess is supposed to make unemployed people feel better? You know what they can do with all that "free" crap...
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Old 01-18-2016, 07:33 PM
 
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Worthless. A bunch of company reps handing out pens and water bottles as stated above and tell you to apply online. You would be more effective staying home and applying online rather than wasting your time there. The people there have no authority to make any decision regarding hiring or even interviewing.
Mostly agree. I have never seen nor talked to anyone as of yet who was hired or gotten an interview right at the career fair. More often than naught you will be told to apply online, perhaps they will take your resume but it seems to depend on the employer but again more often than naught , going to a career fair will result in a lot of "Apply online".

Are they a waste of time? I mean it breaks the grind of applying online everyday, so that is a positive, you can usually get free pens and folders so that is a plus.

My view is, I am not rushing to every single career fair and they certainly are not my "go to" in terms of finding work, but I may go here and there, depending who is hosting it, if the roster of employers is listed online.
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Old 01-18-2016, 09:20 PM
 
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The best career fairs are the ones businesses themselves hold. For example, the Westin was holding a career fair back in August where my cousin lived and he later got hired after his second interview. But I agree, most career fairs are a waste especially the University ones. It's only great if you looking to work in food and beverage meaning local fast food restaraunts or working at a temp company as a server or even working in retail. As for a professional job, keep on looking!!!
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Old 01-19-2016, 09:17 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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Unless it is for college students or some sort of mass hire, no, I can't see them helping much.
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Old 01-19-2016, 07:50 PM
 
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I haven't met anyone at any of my previous jobs that got the job from a fair.

As mentioned above, I can see if it's one company that is doing a public job thing on its premises.

There must be some sort of incentive for these companies to do these fairs, maybe a tax break or something. Because I doubt they hire much from these fairs, or they may tell the applicant to apply online and other B.S. they could have done without attending the fair.
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Old 01-21-2016, 08:25 PM
 
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I've attended careers fairs hosted at professional development conferences. I've never found a job, but the connections I made by stopping by the booths of the various employers in attendance was valuable.
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Old 01-21-2016, 10:10 PM
 
Location: Upper Darby, PA
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I never wanted to be around my competition so I never went to job fairs.
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