Career Fairs Suck
Career Fairs are open forums where several different companies come together for a massive day of networking with job seekers. There are also hiring events, and job fairs. Career fairs are for candidates to explore different jobs that are out there. Job fairs are for employers to meet possible candidates and share what positions they have open. Hiring events are employer specific and the intent is to hire candidates in the spot.
Of all of these, you want to attend the hiring events. Companies like Amazon often hold hiring events for some of their entry level positions. But candidates can walk in off the street (or schedule appointments ahead of time) and possibly walk about with a job. Hotels, casinos, and many other types of industries do the same.
Some things to be prepared for are personality and comprehension assessments. Companies like AT&T will allow candidates to walk into the event, but then will have to pass assessments before going on to the next phase. This helps recruiters weed out those they believe are not a good fit for the job. This by no means is accurate, it may just mean some candidates are not good test takers.
When you attend any event, career fair, job fair, hiring event, you are basically taking a chance and hoping that recruiters will hire you on the spot. Some employers will interview you and then invite you to their office for another round of interviews. All this to say be prepared and open to try new innovative ways of looking for a job.
Regardless of whether you get invited for another interview or offered a job, these events are good for networking and getting to know the companies. This will give you a good idea of whether you would even want to work for the company. The goal is to get in front of the employer and present yourself as someone they should not forget.
Get the recruiters contact info. They may not give you their direct line, but something is better than nothing. And find out if you can connect with them on LinkedIn.
While you are out there searching for a job, if you run across an event for a company that has been on your radar, then definitely go , plan to spend a few hours and bring you’re A game.