Many college students feel that attending the job fair is not worth their valuable time, using excuses such as, “there are too many other students” or “employers are just going to tell me to apply online”. Employers ask students to apply online, because it is more efficient and cost effective than having the student fill-out an application in person.
Networking with employers is critical in the competitive job market. Some students may send out hundreds of resumes, but without the direct interaction with employers provided by the job fair, you do not have the opportunity to deliver your “30-second commercial,” and make an impression. Employers pay a fee to attend most job fairs, this means that they find it beneficial to meet with perspective candidates in person, and not rely on the online application.
Job fairs are similar to a “one stop shop,” you will have the opportunity to be exposed to multiple companies across many different sectors of the job market. Instead of scouring the internet and job posting sites, you can gain access to the companies that are hiring and have made a financial commitment to finding some great talent. At a job fair you will be able to:
- Meet with companies who are hiring locally and meet the hiring manager.
- Research available positions nationally and sometimes internationally.
- Understand knowledge and characteristics companies are looking for in an employee.
- Build your network by meeting with hiring managers from within your industry.
- Learn more about available internships in your career field.
- Gain experience selling yourself to employers.
The job fair is a valuable resource in your career development. Whether you are seeking a full-time job, an internship, or are looking to gain information about positions in your career field, this is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about your career choice.
If you have further questions about the job fair or any career related questions please take the time to make an appointment with your career coach at www.wpcarey.asu.edu/sos.
Geoff Huston, Undergraduate Business Career Consultant