|Article Content||Believe it or not, job fairs can be as useful as you want to make them. For some people, a job fair is a complete waste of time, because all they are going to do is bop around and talk to people until they have made the rounds a couple of times. But for other people, a job fair can be a great use of their time and end up being very effective, since they can meet some contacts, distribute their resumes and even interview for jobs on the spot. While you can choose to be either of these types of people, you have to accept the responsibility for how you see a job fair, as well as how you approach the situation.
On the one hand, a job fair is a great chance to meet with recruiters. In some cases, you can actually impress them enough that they will be willing to offer you an interview right on the spot. You have to admit, it would be pretty cool to walk into a job fair, and a couple of hours later walk out with a job offer. Of course, this does not happen to many of the people who walk in, but the chance to do so makes it more than worth the small amount of time and effort that goes into the deal.
But on the other hand, the entire job fair atmosphere can be a little bit rushed. In a lot of cases, the best that you can do is to hand out a lot of your resumes, get a lot of business cards (and put them into those goofy plastic bags they always give you, like it’s the dentist or something), and try to get an interview later on. In most cases, they are not going to remember you, since they spoke to hundreds of people that day. But then, if you don’t attend, you will never be able to try.