Are Career Fairs Worth My Time?

It is a universal fact known by all adults in the workforce: looking for a new job is the worst.

Job searching is anxiety-producing, time consuming, and just down right frustrating at times! No one enjoys rejection or being ignored. Not everyone has months to sit around and wait for opportunity to knock on their door. How can a medical professional make the search easier on themselves? I have two words for you: career fair. Whether you are looking for a change or to start a career as a new graduate, a career fair may be able to help you in your search.

I know what you’re thinking. “That sounds like such a waste of time!”

Not true, my friend. Here are just a few reasons you should consider attending a career fair in your area:



1. Unplug

When you think of a job search, what pops into your mind? I will tell you what I think of: countless hours bent over my laptop scouring the usual suspects: Indeed, Craigslist, Monster, rinse and repeat. The number of Americans who research jobs online has doubled in the last 10 years. Nearly half of adults either find information about a job online and/or apply online. Consider a career fair to stretch out your legs and social skills! It is easy to forget there are many effective ways to progress in your job search in person these days.



2. Learn

Ask employers any and all questions you can think of! Career fairs can be a great learning opportunity for seasoned veterans in the field and new grads alike. Here is your cheat sheet: Which skills are the most desirable for your company? What kinds of candidates are impressing you? How has the market changed in the past year?



3. Network

I know, I know. I feel like “networking” has been a career buzzword since I was in kindergarten too. Regardless of how silly you may feel using it in a sentence (“Pardon me, friends, but I have to go to a networking event!”), it really is something worth investing time in. In real life, not just over the internet. A career fair can provide an opportunity for you to meet like-minded people in the same field. Who knows, those people attending the fair may even be able to help you find the new position you have been hoping for! If nothing else you have the opportunity to size up your competition.



4. Meet Decision Makers

It is not every day in your job search you’re going to have an opportunity to meet the important people face-to-face. Some companies will send owners, directors and those who have an impact on hiring decisions to career fairs. You may go home with the card of a Recruiting Director, as opposed to finding the email address of an administrative assistant on the internet.



5. Freebies & Fun!

Most career fairs offer incentives for attending, such as snacks and door prizes! Most vendors who are present will also have samples or promotional items to give away just for taking a few minutes to speak with them. Be sure to take a look at the details of the fair, because there are almost always incentives for attending!



ASPIRE Medical Staffing is hosting a Home Health Career Fair on Wednesday, August 3, 2016 in Austin, Texas! It is free to attend, and it will be a great opportunity for home health professionals to meet employers and vendors in the Central Texas area.

  • Meet local employers
  • FREE Lunch Provided
  • Enter to win door prizes
  • Learn more about the home healthcare field
Home Health Career Fair 2016 Flyer

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