March 10, 2009

A job fair is sometimes referred to as a career fair or career expo. It is a fair or exposition for employers, recruiters and schools to meet with prospective job seekers. Expos usually include company or organization tables or booths where resumes can be collected and business cards can be exchanged. In the college setting, job fairs are commonly used for entry level job recruiting. Often sponsored by career centers, job fairs provide a convenient location for students to meet employers and perform first interviews. Electronic job fairs offer the same convenience online.

The quest to find a job and find out what's going on in the changing job markets, has increased the value of the job fair. With unemployment at record highs, people wait on long lines to apply for the few jobs that become available. Job fairs attract students and employers.

Online places to look for jobs:

CareerBuilder.com
Monster.com

With graduation from most colleges less than two months away, the number of people seeking professional jobs will increase. Students learn quickly and are willing to settle for less pay than someone who has worked in a specific field for years. The competition mounts.

The quest to find employment remains the most important challenge facing us in today's market, where the unemployment rate continues to increase. I continue to read clients of various ages and skills who are closing businesses, losing jobs, using up credit and assets and seek answers. Perhaps a job fair can help put things in perspective. As with all things in life, it's all about time and timing.





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