Video:What Is a Career Fair?with MacKenzie Lawyer Davies
Career fairs give job seekers the opportunity to meet with potential employers face-to-face. Watch this how-to video from About.com to learn more about the different types of career fairs and how you can find one to help your job search.See Transcript
Transcript:What Is a Career Fair?
Hi, I'm McKenzie Lawyer Davies and in this About.com video, we'll talk about what is a career fair.
Meet Employers at Career Fairs
Instead of spending countless hours looking for a job, wouldn't it be easier if all of the employers came to you? Well sometimes they do. That's basically what a career fair is. At a career fair, several employers setup their tables or booths with information in hopes that they might find the right candidate for the job they have available. The nice thing about this setting, is that it can be less formal and more relaxing than a typical interview. If you're really nervous about it, you can even bring a friend.
This setting gives you a chance to walk around and talk to several employers. Even if it doesn't result in a job, it will give you a chance to have several small interviews, which will help you become more comfortable with the process. With more practice, you will become better at presenting yourself as a strong applicant for the job you are seeking.
Find a Career Fair for Your Interests
There are many types of career fairs. Some will be for all types of education and experience and others will be geared toward specific careers such as education, science, or business.
Probably the easiest way to find one is to type "career fair" and your state or city in a search engine online. This will bring up several results. Some will be past, but you should be able to find a few set for the future that may interest you. School and University career counselors and the department of workforce services can also be good resources for helping you find and prepare for a career fair.
Be Prepared and Professional for Career Fairs
Make sure you stand out at a fair by being polite, dressing professionally; bring your resume and other materials. Most fairs will have you fill out a name badge. This may seem obvious, but make sure you make your name easy to read. Along the same lines, pay attention to the names of the employers that you speak with and use them.
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