Why should you come to a career fair? If you graduate this winter the answer may be obvious, but if graduation is months or years away, you may be letting other events take priority. Here are a few reasons why you should attend:
Career fairs are a great place to practice your soft skills. Employers are human; they are most interested in hiring someone who is friendly, polite, and confident. If you need practice answering interview questions and learning how to build rapport with employers, attending a career fair before you start your job search is a great place to get that experience. Find the person who is networking well and mirror their body language.
Career fairs are a great place to network—with employers and with other attendees. Many small businesses hire irregularly or on too small a scale to attend a career fair. Other attendees may know of small businesses who are hiring people with your particular skill set.
Career fairs are a job search resource. Experts say that you should plan to search for a job for nine months. The average job search takes 7.2 months! If you graduate in May, you should have started your job search this month in order to have a job lined up by graduation. A free event where you are able to meet dozens of employers all at once and make personal contact with recruiters is the perfect way to launch your job search.
Make sure that you carve out a few hours to attend several Fall and Spring Career Fairs before you graduate.