A job fair, a career fair or career expo is a great way to recruit for steady and seasonal employees.
New trends have also shown implementation of on-line job fairs, as many employers are seeking alternate recruitment venues.
Which is best for you?
Traditional job fairs
Job fairs are meeting places that allow company representatives from corporations of all types and sizes to meet candidates in a short period of time.
Often, small businesses can group together to pull resources such as cost of venue and advertising.
Many individuals polled are stating they prefer in-person job fairs, after the insurgence of the more perceived impersonal online application process.
Online Job Fairs
They generally consist of a “Main Hall” where attendees log in, with a video greeting, then proceed to on screen spots that can include an exhibit hall, resource center and a “Communications Lounge.”
Technology allows exhibitors to choose from predesigned booth templates or completely custom design, add their company logos, and upload promotional materials, such as brochures, white papers, demos, surveys, giveaways and videos.
The exhibitors can man the booth from their computers, and when a visitor clicks on a company’s booth, they receive an alert.
Actual personnel can talk to the visitor through a chat window or, if both parties have Web cameras, by video.
Tip: Consistent navigation at the bottom of computer screens provides additional functionality and shortcuts.
College Job Fairs
Looking for entry level or interns? They are often sponsored by career centers as a convenient location for students to meet employers and perform first interviews.
Many companies that attend these job fairs also recruit through the online platforms the colleges offer. Web based job fairs offer the same convenience online.
Job fairs are a good source for meeting many company representatives from corporations of all industries and sizes during a short period of time. Every job fair has a set of similar, basic elements or processes that require your attention. Job fair networking can be generally described as the process of interacting with, obtaining contact details of, and getting to know corporate recruiters.
Using State Agencies
The State of Florida’s Employ Florida Marketplace is a one-stop online resource for job listings, education and training opportunities, career building assistance and more.
For employers, the Employ Florida Marketplace offers a multitude of resources to help you find candidates, create and post job listings, review job market trends and more.
Many local TV stations have jumped on the employment bandwagon, with themes such as “Work Day Wednesdays” or “Job Spots.”
Contact your local stations to see if there is a charge for this service.
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