This Month in the Career Fair Reading Room

The Career Fair Reading Room provides African American, Asian American, Hispanic and other professionals from diverse backgrounds with advice and information to help them achieve success with career fairs.

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    coffee, or a quick snack during the "show." It certainly gives your voice a needed break and infuses you with the essential nutrients a staffing professional needs: sugar and caffeine.However, what is most interesting is the range of comments you will hear about the same job fair. One representative appears "pumped up" due to the excellent candidate flow and excellent candidate quality. Another representative is livid due to thetotal waste of time this fair has become and is giving the organizer or vendor account representative a non-positive sales moment. How is it possible to have two such extreme reactions to the same event? To figure this out, ...

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  • While most professionals write off career fairs as a means of finding a job, according to the 2001 SHRM/Career Journal Poll Search Tactics Survey, over 70% of human resources departments participating rely on job fairs to recruit employees. They are not only great events for identifying employment opportunities, but also for expanding your network, honing your interview skills, learning industry information, gathering information about companies, and collecting business cards. Career fairs are good job seeking tools because you are able to make more contacts through employers and candidates just by being around forty or fifty companies and talking to your peers...

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  • Have you ever considered wearing sweatpants and a T-shirt to a job fair? After all, you're probably going to be on your feet all day, so you might as well forget the suit and tie or hosiery and high heels in favor of comfort. And who gets hired at a job fair anyway? The people in the booths are usually low-to midlevel recruiters with very little say in the hiring process, and you're really just there to drop off a resume and move on to the next booth.The reality is that your formal interview begins the moment that person behind the booth ...

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