Career fairs can be daunting. There are often hundreds, if not thousands, of job seekers and long lines at most of the client booths. The experience can be overwhelming to most people. Therefore, the question arises, are career fairs worth the time?
The answer is yes. Quite simply, you’ll have a much better chance of landing that perfect IT job after attending a career fair, where there are dozens of companies looking to hire technical professionals, rather than doing nothing at all.
Here are some simple recommendations from our IT recruiters. First, although most people aren’t naturally aggressive, be assertive and go up and speak with each employer that you’re interested in. Talk to their recruiters. Even if there isn’t a technical position currently open, it’s worth establishing contact in the event the right position opens up down the road.
Secondly, have patience. If there is a long line to speak with an employer who you have interest in, then wait it out. You never know what IT jobs they could have open.
Third, do your best to speak with every client (within reason). Even if they’re a retail company, you never know where their IT department is located or what current/future potential local technical needs might be.
Finally, be sure to get a business card from any IT recruiters. Follow up with them, thank them for their time. Next, strategically keep in touch with them – every month or so (walk the fine line of persistency without pestering).
AVID Technical Resources
AVID (Applications, Voice, Internet, Data) Technical Resources is a leading Information Technology recruiting company. Specializing in placing contract and permanent personnel in both Infrastructure Support and Applications Development positions, AVID has a national presence supporting clients ranging from small businesses to Fortune 100 companies. Headquartered in Boston, MA, AVID has achieved tremendous growth since the firm's inception in 2003. This has triggered numerous national awards and recognition, such as being named to Inc. 500 Magazine's list of 5,000 Fastest Growing Privately-held Companies in the US in 2010, 2011 and 2013. Additionally, the firm boasts of having more than 100 five-star reviews on Google from clients and candidates who rave about their experience and interaction with the firm's recruiters.