Searching for a new job can be a long and grueling process. In addition to spending hours researching companies and applying to job postings online, job seekers oftentimes have to pass a phone interview before even meeting with a hiring manager.
One way to streamline the job search process is by attending a career fair relevant to your industry. Career fair attendees are usually able to connect directly with company representatives, as well as ask questions about open positions and company culture at the event. If you are in the job search process and haven’t tried your hand at a career fair yet, read below to discover three reasons why you should:
In-Person Interviews – Employer-sponsored career fairs oftentimes enable candidates to bypass the phone interview stage and go straight to an in person interview. To capitalize on this great opportunity, make sure to register for the event ahead of time and come prepared with research so that you can make a strong first impression with the company representatives that you meet.
Meet Managers – Career fair attendees usually have networking time at these events, which is invaluable! Managers, and sometimes executives, attend employer-sponsored career fairs to meet candidates and talk about company culture. This is an excellent opportunity to get some firsthand knowledge about the company and make your own impressions (remember that the job should be a good fit for you too!). This is another reason why it is important to do your research before attending the career fair, as you will be able to engage with the people you meet and ask questions about the company. Additionally, bring business cards so that you can share them with the right people if the opportunity presents itself.
Network with Other Candidates – Since the business world is oftentimes all about who you know, it is a good idea to take advantage of meeting as many people as possible within your industry – including your colleagues. Although you may not end up working for the same employer, it’s great to have contacts throughout your field. Plus, you never know if you may end up crossing paths later in your career! Make an effort to engage in conversation, trade business cards and stay in touch after the career fair – either through email or LinkedIn. Remember, all of the career fair attendees likely have the same professional passion as you, which makes them great contacts to add to your professional circle.
Take the First Step!
If you have set a goal to find a new career this year, make sure that you are taking advantage of all the opportunities that cross your path – including career fairs. That said, it is important to so some research before registering to a career fair, as you will want to make sure that the event is relevant to your industry and career goals.
If you are in the physical therapy, occupational therapy or athletic training industries, consider registering for one of Athletico’s upcoming career fairs by clicking the button below.