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Old 01-15-2016, 01:20 PM
 
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I have never attended a job expo or job fair and wondered, do they really get you a job at those events? How do they work? Has anyone here been to one? What was your experience like?
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Old 01-15-2016, 01:27 PM
 
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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.
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Old 01-15-2016, 01:27 PM
 
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I've been to a few when I was younger, as have others that I know. For most (i'm talking over 95%), they do nothing.

Edit: I'd still go just for the experience of interacting on a professional level. After a few times, I knew it would lead to nothing but I went anyway. It helped to keep my spirits up and keep me tuned. And you get free pens and maybe even a stress ball or water bottle!
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Old 01-15-2016, 01:41 PM
 
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Depends on the expo/fair. If you are talking a new venture looking to fill all their positions, of course they will be hiring. If it's an industry event, they usually are looking but you have to know what they are looking for. And there are the generic open events where companies show up more to just collect names. So, which type are you talking about?
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Old 01-15-2016, 04:46 PM
 
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I have never attended a job expo or job fair and wondered, do they really get you a job at those events? How do they work? Has anyone here been to one? What was your experience like?
I have been to many job fairs. I have never ever ever ever gotten a single job from one of these events.

I have a theory on this.

Say you have a lot of skills about a particular field. When you go to one of these job fairs, you're just another desperate job seeker. Recruiters at these events really don't see you as more than that. Just luck of the draw.

I've had great successes working for several engineering firms. The hardest part was the first job where I had to convince them to give me a chance. But once I got my foot in the door, I never had a problem getting a job since.
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Old 01-15-2016, 04:58 PM
 
Location: southwestern PA
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I have never attended a job expo or job fair and wondered, do they really get you a job at those events?
No, the job fair does not get you a job.

YOU get you a job, maybe, by using contacts you might make at a job fair.
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Old 01-17-2016, 08:59 AM
 
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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I have found that these places are worthless.
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Old 01-17-2016, 09:03 PM
 
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they tell you to apply online. Well then what's the point of going to a job fair. Save your money and time and just apply online then. I agree with the poster who said the people hosting those fairs treat you as just another desperate job seeker even if you are very skilled. Their attitude is "if you're as great as you say, then what are you doing here..." you're better off going to a conference or specific industry event in your field.
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Old 01-18-2016, 09:07 AM
 
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If you need some pens or water bottles, they're great.
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Old 01-18-2016, 09:15 AM
 
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Went to one a few years ago. Was so packed I left right away.

Never had a job due to a fair.
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