Has anyone had any luck getting an interview at a Job Fair? It seems to me a Job Fair is just a big resume collection site. Sure you get to make face to face contact with... an HR clown, but you can't really talk to HR people about job specifics. After all they're there to narrow down the selection and gather the resumes no? What do you guys think of 'Job Fairs'? Are they just a bunch of HR clowns gathering resumes and making promises or is it a productive way to go about finding a job?
It's probably marginally better than mailing out resumes.
I've only been to one, just before I graduated from college. I chatted with the managers and engineers that were there at the booths (no HR that I recall - all the companies sent knowledgable people) and left off a few resumes with those who requested one after talking with me, and got interview call backs from all of them. I got job offers on most of the interviews that resulted, but wasn't satisfied with the total packages being offered and ended up taking an offer that resulted from responding to a classified ad in the local paper.
I've attended job fairs as a job seeker, and I've attended as a "headhunter."
Brent P. Newhall
I got two good interviews after graduating college through career fairs. Realize that you only have about 3 minutes of time to really impress the person working at the booth. If you see a company that you'd like to work for, you have to a) really enthusiastic b) show that you know their business. Lots of career fairs publish who will be there a day or so before the fair. Check out their websites and figure out what they do.
The only Job Fair I went to was in Tokyo a bit over a year ago. It worked out quite well and I managed to pull 5 interviews from it.
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