There are many ways to find a job that suits you, such as looking through newspapers, on online job boards, or signing up to recruitment agencies. However, one of the methods adopted by many graduates is to attend a graduate recruitment fair (also known as a job fair). These events are held in many cities all over the world and are an excellent resource that can be used to get in contact with potential employers and ultimately, find a job.
What is a graduate recruitment fair?
A graduate recruitment fair involves a large gathering of employers who are there to represent their company. Each employer will provide company brochures and information to prospective employees, and will usually have an allocated time when they will take to the stage and ‘present’ their company formally to all attendants.
How to prepare
Before attending a careers fair it is fundamental to have your CV and portfolio prepared, with a few hard copies available to hand out to managers at the fair. View job fairs as a mini job interview; this is your opportunity to meet a potential recruiter and speak with them about the benefits of their company and why you want to work for them. Be well presented, prepared, and organized before attending the fair.
It is essential for new graduates to make as many contacts as possible in the industry of their preference. It is notoriously difficult to enter many industries and therefore having as many contacts as possible may prove indispensible in providing you with recruitment success. Graduate recruitment fairs give new graduates the opportunity to meet new people and make as many new contacts as possible.
Another advantage to attending a graduate fair is that they enable you to learn a great deal about an employer or company. Employers use recruitment fairs as an opportunity to sell themselves and promote their company. Thus by attending a fair, you will be in a good position to ask each company plenty of questions about what they do, and even draw comparisons between companies.
Of all the benefits available in attending a graduate recruitment fair, the most significant is the opportunity to land yourself a job. Many people have been successful in finding employment from attending a graduate recruitment fair, as recruiters are essentially there to pool in graduates and recruit the talent they need. It is therefore in the benefit of the graduate to attend a fair.