The reputation of job festivals waxes and wanes with the economic system, and in our present downturn, these gatherings are again once more with a vengeance. From massive cities to small cities, job festivals are being organized by nationwide job boards, native chambers of commerce and all types of organizations in-between. And there’s little doubt that bringing collectively workers which have accessible jobs to meet with keen job hunters is a nice idea. The catch from the job seekers’ perspective is in ensuring you have got the right expectations earlier than heading off to a native honest.
When a laid off undertaking supervisor was getting ready to attend a latest job honest in a New Jersey suburb, for instance, he centered on the identical issues he considered when he first attended job festivals 10 years in the past: the look of his swimsuit, the standard of his resume, and one of the simplest ways to keep away from visitors whereas getting to the resort ballroom. Sadly, issues have modified, and he was in for a massive shock.
The honest was scheduled to run from 9am to 3pm, and the supervisor arrived round 10:30 am. He was gifted by a line of fellow job hunters that, so far as he may inform, stretched from the ballroom down two hallways and into one other empty ballroom. And that was simply to register to attend.
By the time he registered and reached the ballroom with employer cubicles, it was 12:10 pm, and every sales space had a lengthy line of hopeful candidates. He tried to discover the employers he wished to goal, however discovered it laborious to navigate by the overcrowded room. He ever noticed one goal employer and moved to the again of their line. Unlike the road to register, the road to see the worker moved rapidly, however there was a purpose. The recruiter at the entrance (on this case, a latest school graduate who had joined the corporate simply a few months earlier) handed every candidate a sheet explaining their open positions. The sheet additionally requested every candidate to go to the corporate’s website online for extra data and to apply. When the supervisor tried to ask questions on one of many accessible jobs, the recruiter mentioned she didn’t have time to talk about job alternatives with every attendee, and to please go to the web site. The job hunter managed to chat a little longer, however it was clear the recruiter was overwhelmed by the relevant response.
Not all employers that day took this method, however many did. A health-care firm with a wider vary of open positions had extra recruiters and appeared keen to spend extra time with every relevant. The supervisor requested about a undertaking coordinator function the corporate was promoting, and he was directed to wait in one other line to discuss to a recruiter who was dealing with that place. Three different candidates stood forward of him in line, and by the point he reached the recruiter, who was sitting at a desk behind a small display, three extra candidates have been behind him. It was apparent that the recruiter he met with was drained, having met with many different candidates by mid-afternoon. But the supervisor obtained his questions requested and answered, and thought he made a good impression. However, the candidate by no means heard one other phrase despite the fact that the recruiter mentioned they is likely to be concerned with a second interview.
To be certain, not all candidates have one of these job honest expertise. Fairs which are focused to a particular trade, perform or firm have a tendency to entice smaller, extra centered recruiters and candidates. The identical is true for festivals in smaller cities, and people focusing on entry-level or seasonal workers. And even many bigger festivals supply advantages past attempting to meet with recruiters, equivalent to these present free seminars from skilled profession counselors, in addition to resume critiques and different free or low-cost providers. And after all, in case you use your time at the honest to community with different job hunters who’re looking for comparable positions, chances are you’ll faucet into nice sources of job data.
But in case your sole purpose for attending a massive honest is to search high quality time to talk about your software with an recruiter, you possible might be sorely dissatisfied. Here are a few ideas to assist make your job honest go to as productive as potential:
- Arrive early and pre-register if potential. By beating the group, your odds develop of talking with recruiters who’re recent and extra keen to spend time with you. The likelihood additionally grows which you can meet with the three or 4 most closely fits to your expertise early on and depart earlier than spending your complete day in traces.
- Research firm alternatives prematurely. No sense in standing in line for a firm that isn’t hiring your perform or talent degree. In advance of the honest, go to the Virtual Job Fair (if one exists) on the job honest organizer’s web site to see what employers are attending. If the VJF posts jobs opening from attending firms, go forward and apply to get a leg up on different job honest attendees. If not, then go to every worker’s web site to overview their alternatives. Also spend time reviewing every firm’s web site, studying their newest annual report and different related supplies. With this data in hand, you possibly can higher goal employers and have a pitch prepared for every recruiter.
- Develop your “elevator pitch,” which is a 30 to 45 second assertion that summarizes your background and profession objectives (the identify comes out of your potential to make the pitch between flooring in an elevator). The pitch ought to be tailor to embrace your expertise which are most related to the precise wants of every firm.
- Recruit a fellow job hunter to attend with you. Even in case you’re in several fields, you possibly can cowl extra floor and report to one another in case you meet with a firm that’s in search of expertise that your colleague can fill. If you have no idea different job hunters, discover and attend a native assembly of job hunters. The advantages are a number of. For occasion, it’s a good way to alleviate the loneliness of job searching. Job golf equipment are sometimes hosted by church buildings, synagogues and neighborhood teams, and are marketed in neighborhood newspapers and websites.
After every recruiter assembly, jot down notes summarizing your dialog. Include any ideas or subsequent steps the recruiter recommends, and take a look at your finest to get a enterprise card or at least an e mail deal with from each recruiter you meet so you possibly can observe up successfully.