Although attending a career fair sometimes may sound as enjoyable as a trip to the dentist, they can be extremely helpful in not only attaining a new job but also for developing new contacts and getting your resume out there.
One of the most common mistakes that job seekers make when attending a career fair is not doing enough background work. It pays to research which companies will be there and what jobs they will be hiring for. With this information, you can plan out how you are going to promote your skills and education to potential employers in regards to the jobs at hand.
In addition to finding out which jobs to prepare for, you can also take a look at who works there, and you never know, you may already have an old colleague in place and waiting to open the door for you. Overall, it’s simply a much better idea to walk into a career fair with plenty of ways to carry on a conversation and not just telling them that you want a job.
And as always, wear something nice! Business professional or even business casual attire is the way to go. First impressions cannot be undone.
Keeping all that in mind, check out the following National Career Fairs that will be held soon around the country in a city near you;
- Atlanta Career Fair: Monday October 3, 2011 from 11am to 2pm @ Holiday Inn Atlanta Capitol Conference; 450 Capitol Avenue SW, Atlanta, GA 30312
- New York Career Fair: Monday, October 24, 2011 from 11am to 3pm @ Holiday Inn Midtown 57 Street; 440 West 57th Street, New York, NY 10019
- Houston Career Fair: Tuesday, September 13, 2011 from 11am to 2pm @ Crowne Plaza Houston – River Oaks – Near the Galleria; 2712 Southwest Freeway; Houston, TX 77098
- Detroit Career Fair: Wednesday March 7, 2012 from 11am to 2pm @ Holiday Inn Southgate (Detroit South); 17201 Northline Road, Southgate, MI 48195
- Dallas Career Fair: Wednesday, September 14, 2011 from 11am to 2pm @ Radisson Hotel & Suites – Dallas Love Field; 1241 West Mockingbird Lane, Dallas, TX 75247
- Philadelphia Career Fair: Monday December 5, 2011 from 11am to 2pm @ Crowne Plaza; 4100 Presidential Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19131
- Charlotte Career Fair: Tuesday, September 6, 2011 from 11am to 2pm @ Renaissance Charlotte Suites Hotel; 2800 Coliseum Drive, Charlotte, BC 28217
- Phoenix Career Fair: Monday, September 26, 2011 from 11am to 2pm @ Phoenix Airport Marriott; 1101 North 44th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85008
- Chicago Career Fair: Thursday, October 13, 2011 from 11am to 2pm @ The Congress Plaza Hotel; 520 South Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605
- Los Angeles Career Fair: Wednesday, October 19, 2011 from 11am to 2pm @ Holiday Inn Los Angeles – International Airport; 9901 West Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045
- San Diego Career Fair: Tuesday, September 20, 2011 from 11am to 2pm @ San Diego Marriott Hotel and Marina, 333 West Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
- Boston Career Fair: Monday, October 17, 2011 from 11am to 2pm @ Radisson Hotel Boston; 200 Stuart Street, Boston, MA 02116