You Sure Job Fairs Are A Good Place To Apply For Work?
Dear Mike Bowman:
Your advice on skipping the online application process and handing my
resume to a real human being at a job fair has me scratching my head. I
went to the job fair and when I handed my resume to the hiring manager,
she told me I should apply online. Why did I waste my time driving to the
job fair when I could have simply applied on the employer's website?? Time
to rethink your impassioned position on job fairs, Mike??
Good for you for taking the time to
go to a job fair. I am hoping you visited
as many employers as you could during the event and asked about all the
opportunities each employer was hiring for.
I understand your frustration. Even at a job fair where job seekers and
employers are meeting face to face, there will be a few hiring managers
that tell you their company's policy is that all candidates must apply
online. So you may be thinking in your mind why did the employer even
bother coming to the event?
If you are asked to apply online, don't write this employer off. You
should go home and complete the application process after the job fair.
However, you should still hand the recruiter a paper copy of your resume
and ask her the same questions you would ask any other company
representative at the job fair.
Ask her for the best way to ensure your online application makes it into
her hands. No one will understand her company's online application process
better than her. While you are both meeting at the job fair, talk about
the open positions her company has and what the requirements are. Talk
about how you would fit into the company and the skills you would be
Ask questions about the company so you have a better understanding of
their culture and goals. Using this time to build rapport with the
recruiter will give you an advantage when your resume is forwarded to her
inbox. When she gets it, she will remember you and be more likely to call
you for an interview because of the impression you already made.
Good luck with your job search, Melissa!
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