In the last of this four part series, I discuss the fourth common complaint I hear about job fairs.
4. There are only entry level opportunities at the fairs I have been to.
It often is a misconception by candidates that the jobs that are presented at job fairs are just entry level. When meeting companies, it is important to identify what your goals are, and to explore all possible opportunities (even if there aren’t any readily apparent).
Show up at a career fair with the expectation that you are going to meet people who will make a difference in your life and career. Meeting someone who is offering jobs, but not necessarily the one you are looking for, may end up netting you a new contact or a referral.
As one of my colleagues used to say “hire the best, not just the best available”. The same can be said for the job search. You may be looking for the best job, and it may not be available, but someone at a career fair may present you with a future opportunity.