U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Work and Employment > Job Search
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Reply Start New Thread
 
Old 09-06-2018, 06:31 AM
 
Location: Lancaster County, PA
1,733 posts, read 3,845,516 times
Reputation: 817

Advertisements

Has anyone attended a Job Fair lately? If so, what is your opinion of them? Has anyone ever found a job by going to one? Are they worth the time?

I signed up for one on Tuesday but I don't want to feel I'm wasting my time.

Thanks.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 09-06-2018, 08:12 AM
 
17,253 posts, read 10,183,539 times
Reputation: 28775
complete waste of time

Job fairs are a nightmare.

Went to a job fair held in a church
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 09-06-2018, 12:57 PM
 
Location: Mars City
5,091 posts, read 2,139,636 times
Reputation: 7505
I've only done a few, but nothing panned out. There might only be certain people and certain situations where they really make sense.

It might be good to go to at least one, so you can claim "experience" with that.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 09-06-2018, 01:50 PM
 
2,080 posts, read 1,855,579 times
Reputation: 2677
Job fairs are crap.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 09-07-2018, 08:42 AM
 
Location: Brooklyn,NY
10,612 posts, read 13,141,260 times
Reputation: 16173
Got a job at one last month after searching without success for a year. It was through Craigslist, and only a handful of people showed up-and this is in NYC for the hotel industry. I almost didn't go because I thought it would be a waste of time myself. If you are searching for a job you miss every shot you don't take.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 09-08-2018, 06:02 AM
 
708 posts, read 776,590 times
Reputation: 1753
I went to a hiring event a few weeks ago. I made an impression on two hiring managers from different companies. Both took my resume and gave me their email. They told me which roles to apply for and to contact them once I applied.

One person I never heard from and nothing panned out.

The other kept in touch with me and told me to apply to a second role after the first got filled internally. The day he contacted me to let me know that they wanted to do a phone interview with the team, I got a job offer from a company I had already been interviewing with, so I didn’t go further, but I was shocked that the effort was made.

My advice:
- Get there early. The lines get long quick plus the recruiters/hiring managers are still fresh and have more patience.
- Only go to a career fair if companies you are interested in will be there.
- Try to learn what positions will be open - a couple of companies would have been a complete waste of time for me to talk to because they didn’t have positions suited to me.
- What is the theme of the career fair? I wouldn’t go to a career event focused on sales since that’s not what I’m looking for. Same for entry-level, retail, or customer service, although you could probably get hired on the spot with those. I’ve done it in my past.
- If you do make an impression on the person you speak with, be sure to do whatever they tell you right away and follow-up.
- Have resumes with you. Yes, we are in a digital age and if you apply online, you can upload your resume. However, if you do make an impression, the hiring manager has to have a way to specifically remember you in the sea of people they will talk to. One person took a picture of my resume of their phone (the one who stayed in touch); the other took a copy of my resume and wrote the HR person’s name on it in order to remember to alert her to my incoming app. Take resumes with you.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 09-08-2018, 08:03 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
29,772 posts, read 54,408,375 times
Reputation: 31068
I went to one as a host, when we had about 12 openings, one in my group. There was one person that I spoke to and that applied, and got an interview. He turned out to be the worst candidate of the 15 that I interviewed. None of the other openings yielded anyone from the fair either, so it was a waste of time for me and the HR person I worked with except for the chatting with other employers that were there. Our openings were in commercial real estate, utilities, environmental, engineering and tech. Most of the others were retail, fast food and non-profits.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 09-08-2018, 08:42 PM
 
3,765 posts, read 1,370,121 times
Reputation: 1584
Quote:
Originally Posted by lititzman2003 View Post
Has anyone attended a Job Fair lately? If so, what is your opinion of them? Has anyone ever found a job by going to one? Are they worth the time?

I signed up for one on Tuesday but I don't want to feel I'm wasting my time.

Thanks.
Just mainly for collecting job information and see what employers are hiring. You would have more success being home away from your competition applying online. Never understood why some wanted to be around their competition when seeking work
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 09-11-2018, 12:02 PM
 
Location: Chicago area
8,794 posts, read 13,281,490 times
Reputation: 15928
Waste of time. A bunch of HR reps handing out pens and water bottles and saying apply on our website.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 09-12-2018, 05:46 AM
 
Location: Lancaster County, PA
1,733 posts, read 3,845,516 times
Reputation: 817
Quote:
Originally Posted by MSchemist80 View Post
Waste of time. A bunch of HR reps handing out pens and water bottles and saying apply on our website.
That is EXACTLY what happened yesterday! I decided to go just for the experience and, as most of you said, it was a waste of time. Most of the companies that were suppose to attend weren't there yesterday.

Thanks for everyone's help.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:

Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Work and Employment > Job Search
Follow City-Data.com founder on our Forum or

All times are GMT -6.

2005-2019, Advameg, Inc. · Please obey Forum Rules · Terms of Use and Privacy Policy · Bug Bounty

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35 - Top