Job Fairs have two functions: they can help you decide on a career or they could assist you find a job. These days there are two types of job fairs and they are both offered by many organizations, universities, and companies.
First, there are the traditional Job Fairs that are held at a physical venue, one attends in person, and walks around looking at exhibits and meeting people. The major advantage is face-to-face contact and the associated networking. The down side is that a traditional job fair may involve travel and accommodation costs, parking hassles, crowds and queues, etc.
The second type is the virtual job fair. These have a number of benefits, including real-time interaction with exhibitors, their global nature, and the much lower cost of attendance. There are a huge number of Job Fairs each year, but let’s take a brief look at a few that are considered the best ones to attend.
1.The Global Careers Fair
This is a virtual job fair that makes the visitor feel as though he/she is there because there is an exhibition hall where each organization has its own booth. You can use the scroll-function to have a look around and select the booths you want to visit, watch videos, download brochures, enter lounges where you can network with employers and other attendees, and check out the resource center which posts vacancies. This job fair runs a couple of times a year.
2. Hire Big 10+ Virtual Career Fair
This huge virtual job fair is a joint venture between a number of top American Universities including Pennsylvania State, Michigan State, DePaul, Ohio State, Indiana, Purdue, and Rutgers to name a few. Here an attendee can have a look at the various options in terms of courses of studies at various institutions and the careers they would equip a successful graduate to follow. This fair runs from April 8 –10 in 2014.
This is another virtual fair that describes itself as a “recruiting platform and talent community”. As the name implies, the focus here is on careers, employers, and individuals who are technology, innovation, the environment, and long-term sustainability orientated. This fair is also held in partnership with several universities who share the ideals and goals of the Fair’s organizers.
4. Monster’s Virtual Job Fair
Like the Global Careers Fair, this is a highly interactive fair that allows visitors to enter, visit booths, watch videos, source and download a number of career management tools, and obtain advice from experts during online presentations. Monster holds several Fairs each year with a focus on a different country each time. For the latest details have a look at monster.com.
5. University Fairs
All of the major universities globally offer at least one Fair a year, for example: MIT, Stanford, New York University, Penn State, Berkley, Oxford in the UK, Amsterdam in The Netherlands, and the College of Engineering at The University of Iowa holds two career fairs a year as do other colleges at major universities. Details are available of their websites.