Jobs fairs bring together employers, training providers and recruiters all in one place, enabling jobseekers to explore an abundance of opportunities in their region. If you’re looking for work, these events can link you up with employers who are looking to hire.
Why should you attend?
1. Learning how to present your professional side
Interacting with potential employers at a jobs fair can build your confidence – consider this your training ground for job interviews. Each time you approach a recruiter, you get more comfortable presenting yourself in a professional manner.
Remember dress to impress – although you do not need to wear a formal suit, you should get your outfit together the night before, make sure it is clean, crease-free and professional and check how you look in front of a full-length mirror.
2. Networking opportunities
Jobs fairs provide you with a good platform to network and build rapport with prospective employers. Networking enables you to establish important contacts, and opens doors to many opportunities for the future.
At job fairs, you will get the opportunity to meet face – to – face with representatives from various companies who play a vital role in their company’s hiring process.
3. Opens up job options
As well as finding out who is hiring, job fairs are a great place to find out what types of jobs are in demand. If you are considering different options, a fair can help you work out where there might be more opportunities.
If the employer you are interested in does not have suitable roles for you at the time of the fair, you may be able to ask if they have plans to hire for other positions in the coming weeks or months.
4. Learn from other job seekers
Of course, you will spend much of your time networking with employers at the jobs fair, but you can also make time to network with your fellow job seekers so you can share information with each other about job leads, companies, and their recruiting strategies and styles.
There are often professional organisations or employment agencies attending the fair, which are also good sources for networking.
Tips before attending:
TAKE YOUR RESUME
Have plenty of printed copies of your up-to-date resumes to hand out to employers at the fair.
PRACTICE PRESENTING YOURSELF BEFORE YOU ATTEND
Rehearse your pitch to employers before the fair. Remember also that 80% of communication is through body language. Use a good standing posture and eye contact. Smile and show enthusiasm during your conversations.
BRING A NOTEPAD
You may think you’ll be able to remember everything but it’s always a good idea to have a notepad on hand. Write down any names or phone numbers or any information you hear on the day in your notepad. Also, get the name of the person you should contact for follow-up discussions after the jobs fair.
2019 PeoplePlus Jobs Fairs
Bendigo: Tuesday May 14 from 10:30am
Bendigo Library – Activity Room 1 | 259 Hargreaves Street, Bendigo
Phone: (03) 5445 3100
Ballarat: Thursday May 16 from 10:30am
The Mining Exchange | 12 Lydiard Street North, Ballarat
Phone: (03) 5333 6100
Sydney: Wednesday May 22 from 10:30am
Hurstville Entertainment Centre | 16 MacMahon Street, Hurstvillle
Phone: (02) 8383 4900