28 Method 4: Career Fairs and Events

Method 4: Attend job or career fairs, employer information sessions, and networking events.

A CAREER FAIR is an event where many employers gather at the same venue to promote their organizations with the intention of recruiting candidates.

An EMPLOYER INFORMATION SESSION is when one employer delivers a presentation about their organization to a group of interested candidates; this is often followed by a question and answer period, a networking session, or a brief interview.

A NETWORKING EVENT, which can be general or industry-specific in nature, offers a platform for making new connections and the opportunity to speak with other industry professionals in a more formal setting. In a world that has turned mostly online, getting out and meeting people face-to-face, where the expectations are already set out for you, offers great value in your job search.

Employers are prepared to speak with you directly about your experience and skills; it becomes the perfect opportunity to network and set yourself apart from your competition. As you will be one of many attendees, the pace may be very quick, so understand that you won’t have a lot of time with each employer:

  • Present yourself professionally, as though you were attending a job interview.
  • Plan ahead and research the employers you intend to speak with.
  • Bring copies of your resume, general cover letter, and networking/business card.
  • Practice your elevator speech/30-second interview.
  • Have engaging, open-ended questions prepared.
  • Secure contact information so that you can follow up and remind them of your conversation.
Unless otherwise indicated, this chapter is an adaptation of Be the Boss of Your Career: A Complete Guide for Students & Grads by Lindsay Bortot and Employment Support Centre, Algonquin College, and is used under a CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 International license.

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