Here is Why You Should Be Attending Open Houses and Job Fairs
The internet has made job searching much easier than in the past. You can look up jobs offered, find the HR manager, and even learn about the company, without leaving your house. This also means more applicants are applying for jobs, even if they aren’t completely qualified for those positions. Hiring managers now have more resumes than they have positions to fill, thanks to online applications. While this can help to grow their candidate pool, it can also mean the qualified resumes get lost in the shuffle. One way to avoid this happening to your resume is to attend a job fair or open house. Here are some of the reasons why you should get dressed and get social:
Nothing beats a face to face meeting.
This is one of the easiest ways to make a good, early impression. Dressed professionally, resume ready and a firm handshake, you’ll stand out from the competition who didn’t go to those lengths to learn about the company. Meeting one of the hiring managers will help ensure your resume goes to the top, if you make the right impression. Even if you are nervous, these recruiters appreciate the effort as well as learning about you, in person.
Nothing beats first-hand knowledge about the company.
You’ll have the ability to see how the company presents itself in public, how their employee’s act, and even how they treat potential employees. If you like what you see, it would be worth pursuing but sometimes you can learn about a company by their recruiter’s enthusiasm, body language, and how they manage their booth.
Nothing beats getting your resume in the right persons’ hands.
You can email your resume to 10 different addresses you find online but there is no way for you to know if that is the right person or that they will even read them. You can hand a resume to the recruiter and ask them to look it over and you’ll come back to discuss your chances or even put them on the spot to look at your skills to see if you’re a good fit. This will save you both time, so it is in the best interest of everyone involved.
Nothing beats the experience you’ll gain.
Meeting new people is not easy for a lot of people but getting out there and learning how to describe yourself is even harder. You don’t want to brag but you also know you have a great set of skills and education. Learning how to market yourself is priceless and a job fair or open house gives you the chance to be in front of a lot of various companies and gain life experience.
Never pass up the chance to meet with others in your industry, especially at a free event like an open house or job fair. Even if you don’t get a job based on that day, you’ll gain useful experience that will help you later in your job search. With locations in Portland, Clackamas, Beaverton, Everett, and Vancouver, our skilled recruiters are ready to help you take the next step in your career. If you’re excited for a new challenge, call NW Staffing today.