Adam Rosenberg, a South Florida human resources executive who has been both a hiring manager and job seeker in recent years, said employers often go to job fairs simply to promote their company. "Or, they want to beef up resumes, if they have a government contract, to receive resumes from a diverse population," he said.
"I've never hired anyone from a job fair," said Rosenberg, who urges job seekers to find out which employers are going to be at the job fair before attending and looking at the job postings, which often can be found on the company's website.
For those job fair participants who do see a potential opportunity, it's all about presentation and focus, Rosenberg said. "Don't show up with your kids, significant other or a friend. Go by yourself," he said.
Dress well and act like this is the only job in the world for you, Rosenberg said. Don't be the job candidate who "opens a bag and hands a wrinkled resume to a person, because you've been too busy collecting pens and little squishy things," he said.
Matthew Marsh, a recruiter who participated in a recent Florida International University job fair in Miami, said attendees were not the CPAs with at least three years' experience, the level he normally hires. Still, he found the job fair useful in promoting his business. "We like to get our name out there, especially with young accountants," he said.
At the job fair in Dania, registered nurse George Smith, 51, hoped he favorably impressed a local health care employer. He's working part time, but seeking a full-time position. RNs "were spoiled three or four years ago. We could quit a job and have our pick," he said.
Now nurses, like many other job seekers, are having to educate themselves on how to look for a job, he said.
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