4 Reasons to Consider Attending a Job Fair

As the internet has grown, many companies have found new ways to recruit job seekers for open positions. Recruiting websites, online job boards, and social media recruiting seem to have nearly eclipsed traditional methods, including career fairs.

Web recruiting can often seem like a more convenient choice, but...


As the internet has grown, many companies have found new ways to recruit job seekers for open positions. Recruiting websites, online job boards, and social media recruiting seem to have nearly eclipsed traditional methods, including career fairs.

 

Web recruiting can often seem like a more convenient choice, but there are many benefits to attending a job fair for your recruiting needs. For some of the top reasons to attend a job fair, read through our list below:

 

Meet Potential Candidates Face-to-Face

 

A five-minute conversation can often tell you more about a person than any resume or job history. Career fairs give employers the opportunity to speak with job seekers before meeting them in a more formal interview setting. Get valuable first impressions, put faces to names, and avoid wasting time with fruitless interviews.

 

 

 

 

Stand Out From Your Competitors

When attending a job fair, especially a local or regional event, you may end up competing with other attending competitors. In this setting, with hundreds of potential candidates moving among employer booths, you have the opportunity to set your company apart. Make sure your booth setup is professional, well-organized, and memorable. Send your best recruiters and distribute branded swag to help job seekers remember your company over others.

 

Connect with a Large Pool of Qualified Candidates

Career fairs attract potential candidates from a wide range of jobs and experience. Over the course of the event, you’ll meet with dozens of qualified candidates, each eager to speak with you about your job openings. Job fairs are also an ideal place to meet non-traditional candidates, whose varied experience prepares them for a wide range of responsibilities and positions. Even if you don’t find the right candidate for the position you had in mind, you may meet job seekers who can fill another role.

 

Network with Other Professionals and Companies

Job fairs are a great place to meet potential candidates, but they are also filled with other professionals who may be in the same field. Instead of sticking to your booth and only speaking to job seekers, take the opportunity to network. You can make connections and build relationships with other business attendees, which may allow you to create mutually beneficial partnerships.

 

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Gerhard Kramer is Founder of Church Job Fairs. A Nonprofit offering the dignity of employment by connecting job candidates and employers in empowering local community environments.

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