Job Fairs are still an extremely important portion of the hiring process for both recruiters and applicants. Here are some of the benefits of attending a job fair in person versus applying online:
Networking: Networking with employers is crucial during a job fair. Attending career fairs allows you to network with other job seekers who may know of companies that are hiring for individuals with your skill set. Attending a career fair will offer hands on practice for those looking to expand upon their ability to quickly build rapport with employers, and field interview questions without having time to prep.
Efficiency: This is the most efficient process for recruiters and applicants. Both are able to meet in person, supply needed information for the hiring process and even fill positions on the spot.
Test the Market: Visiting different company booths at job fairs helps job seekers to test the job market and likely find out the salary ranges that employers are willing to pay for popular jobs. Also, some companies may not have a position currently open for your field set, but asking about future positions or what positions are within a company may lead to an interview down the road.
Practice Communication Skills: In a State of St. Louis Workforce report in 2013, a lack of communication skills, a poor work ethic and a lack of critical thinking and problem solving were the biggest shortcomings of the job applicants, according to employers. Job fairs are a great place to hone these skills that employers are interested in.