Job fairs make it easy for job seekers to make direct contact with human resources professionals from companies that specialize in finding talent and companies that want to expand their workforce. These types of events are an excellent way to find job opportunities for unemployed people, students who are about to finish their studies, and for those who want a professional change.
Participating in a Job Fair represents for each of the companies a better relationship with a significant number of applicants, expanding the database of job profiles available in their region, their interests, and the skills of their future collaborators.
It is worth mentioning that in addition to encouraging integration between employers and employees, Job Fairs provide essential information on programs and actions for job placement and occupational orientation and support for job training and self-employment.
There are different types of job fairs: professional fairs, open to the general public and usually organized by administrations in conjunction with other entities; university fairs, aimed at students and young university graduates, most of them carried out by universities or specific business schools; vocational training fairs, for those who are studying or have graduated from vocational training; fairs focused on people with disabilities, those specialized in a specific sector, as well as those in a virtual format.
In the face-to-face fairs, interested parties must attend the facilities on a predetermined date to meet with representatives of each of the convened companies, thus increasing their chances of contracting the companies present.
In this modality, participants receive personalized attention from the companies, offering them the opportunity to make their job skills known and arrange a job interview.
On the other hand, Virtual Fairs are 100% online events, where vacancies from all sectors are exhibited for a more extended period and are available at any time, allowing you to consult them as many times as necessary. The advantage of this type of event is adjusting to your time, economy, and needs.
To sign up for a career fair, you must have your resume online. One of the first steps is to register, complete your profile, upload a photo and a basic CV. Don’t forget that it must be free of spelling mistakes and adjusted to the jobs you want.
If you establish contact with a recruiter, it is essential to keep your conversation focused and professional; the main objective is to connect with all the companies that interest you. You have to maintain formality, under no pretext, use emoticons, and be careful with mistakes when writing words.
Be prepared to hold a video interview in an improvised way, prepare the space that would appear in the frame, take into account to dress correctly, make sure to research about the company and the position you are applying for, and prepare a short speech in which it is clear how you can contribute to its growth, do not forget to provide a differentiating factor about other applicants.
Finally, do not forget that it is important to send thank you emails to those who have talked to you; this will ensure you a place in the recruiter’s mind and that he/she will take you into account when he/she has vacancies available again. Attach your resume for future positions.
You must consider all the factors and situate yourself in reality. Going to Job Fairs with wrong expectations will only make you feel frustrated and disable this job matching tool.