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Old 12-18-2012, 11:53 AM
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Has anyone here attended local career/job fairs? If so were you a potential employer or employee?

What type(s) of jobs were being presented there? Was it worth the visit? Were there jobs outside of the standard hospitality gigs?

I'm looking at a couple of the different companies, like national career fairs - they seem to charge around ~$1000 for a table.

I'm trying to determine if I should go this route or use a headhunter. I've never used LinkedIn for a job posting but looking at the marketing ads there doesn't seem to be many positions available. I don't know if this is due to a lack of jobs or a lack of qualified candidates.

I've used the standard Career Builder, Monster, Craigslist, LVRJ and the responses are generally for people from out of town. The only positions I've been able to fill are accounting and engineering.

Anyone here have a similarly tough time attracting employees? Any suggestions?
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Old 12-18-2012, 12:32 PM
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I've done plenty of career fairs as a potential employer. The kinds of jobs we were looking for were HR, legal, accounting, training and marketing. The key to having a successful career fair is to actually do a mini-interview of a candidate who seems to have suitable qualifications. I have not done anything in LV however.

The way you write a job description is important. Far too many employers write in requirements and qualifications that are not in line with either the compensation or real life. For instance, I've seen descriptions that require a bachelor's plus 7 years of experience and yet the pay is around $16 per hour. If that is the compensation, then you will need to revise the job description and/or be willing to accept less than ideal candidates.

You may want to try UNLV's career services and see if they have a way to post career opportunities. There are always adult students who may have professional experience and who are pursuing advanced degrees. There are also plenty of students who may not have the exact qualifications but who possess self-motivation and the ability to learn quickly.

I've avoided like the plague most online job search websites. I do like LinkedIn. Many people I've known have found jobs through it. Depending on what you're looking for, it may be difficult to find candidates in town. After all, many (if not most) have experience in the gaming/hospitality industry.
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Old 12-18-2012, 12:41 PM
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Appreciate the advice. I might have to contact UNLV again as I did with their engineering department. Only this time it'll be the marketing dept. I do see the overly wordy ads you describe all the time and try to keep my expectations in line with the pay.

Las Vegas is certainly a hard place to recruit.
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