Firstly, even if you’re not actively job seeking, a job fair acts as an opportunity to learn more about a job field. More specifically, you’d be in the right place to find people in the exact job role you’re looking for.
For example, you may be looking for a change within the same field. At a job fair, you’d be able to inquire about similar roles at different companies, allowing you to get a grasp of the industry and your potential next role.
Similarly, if you’re looking for a career change, you’d be able to ask questions to companies belonging to a variety of fields.
Questions you could ask when inquiring about different fields, roles, and companies include:
- What is the culture like in your company?
- What does a typical day look like in this role? What are your primary job responsibilities?
- How long have you worked here?
- How much variety is there in your work?
- How much training/supervision do or did you receive?
- What is available in terms of career profession/progression at your firm?
- What is your CSR policy?
- What is a typical starting salary for someone with my experience?
- Do you also operate abroad or online? If so, are there any opportunities available?
As such, job fairs are also great networking opportunities. You can use your short conversations at job fairs to make connections that might propel your career, if not now then in the future.
The way to go about this is to ensure you follow up after the event – connect with them on LinkedIn, drop them a message or email stating where you met and who you are. You should also send them more information if this was what was discussed at the job fair, such as a portfolio.
Job fairs could also help you move your career forward in other ways. For example, they may present you with your next role or place you in the right direction in regard to a career change. You may land yourself a placement or voluntary role in a field you’ve been wanting to get into. Take your chances and make sure to follow through with what you agree to on the day to make a lasting impression.
Finally, job fairs are a sure-fire way to guarantee your CV ends up in the right places and is read! Make sure you go with multiple copies of your documents so that you can hand these to employers in person. You can also apply to roles on the spot at job fairs so you’ll be sure to be in the running for a lot of roles!
Don’t miss out on your next big opportunity to progress your career. Keep an eye out for job fairs near you and be sure to attend!