Put The “Fair” in Job Fair!

Roller Coaster

Job Searching is a Roller Coaster Ride!

 
Oh, the fun to be had at the County Fair! 
 
Hanging with a big group of your closest friends, scarfing down Cotton Candy, Shish-ka-bob, and fried Twinkies, laughing and screaming simultaneously as you brave the Scrambler, the Zipper, the Edge, Shooting Hoops and air-gunning tin cans to win that stuffed panda that’s bigger than you! Good times!   So what does this have to do with “Job Fair’s” you might wonder?
 
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Like most, when I think of going to a Job Fair as a job-seeker, I don’t get that “fun” feeling. So, why call it a Job Fair if its not going to be? In my opinion, job fair’s can be fun or at the very least, entertaining and social.

 

Job fairs have gotten a lot of negative press lately;  with stories of  “too many” job-seekers and not enough jobs and lines going down the street for people trying just to get in.
Possibly true for those events, but don’t give up on job fair’s completely.  When you hear of one, just go! Even if you don’t get an interview, call back, or job offer right away, going to a job fair is a great way to network and bond with other “job challenged” professionals like yourself.

Believe it or not, I’ve never been to a job fair as a job-seeker; never had a reason. The job market’s always been good for my industry. (recruiting, staffing and career development).  But the market’s changed. So, I’ve adjusted my job-search techniques and added more in-person networking events….that includes job fair’s.  

I was excited about going to WaMu Center’s Career Services Job Fair on 3/25, but part of me thought it might be depressing having so many other “job challenged” folks in one place.

To the contrary, it was a motivating, empowering, and bonding experience! In addition to seeing other recently laid off WaMu colleagues, I met with several potential employers!

Some Seattle-area Staffing Agencies in attendance were:

iMatch
Kelly Financial Resources
Wimmer Solutions
Ajilon Office
Accountants Inc.
Comsys
Hansell Tierney
Volt Technical Resources
Volt Services Group
Creative Circle
Law Dawgs

E-mail me if you’d like contact details/names for any of these companies. (e-mail @ post end)

Fun to be had; more than I expected…

Besides potential employers, I saw many former WaMu co-workers. It was a reunion of sorts; everyone getting together like old times! It was a bonding experience; we were all in the same boat; actively “looking” for work. We exchanged greetings, business cards, and caught up with each other on happenings since our recent lay off.

 
The Outcome:

Did I get a job offer yet? No, but I did have fun meeting other professionals and seeing co-workers and handing out my home-made personal business cards. I felt accomplished after exchanging numbers with potential employers.

Job-seeking is a process, similar to dating (and eventually getting married). I didn’t get a marriage proposal the same day I met my husband. It took time. Finding a quality job takes time too!

For now, I’ll stay patient and positive, stay in touch with my network and (try to) stay away from negative news.

See you at the next event!  The Career Fair on April 22 at WaMu Center.

 

Join me on Job Spot Seattle on LinkedIn or check back soon for more info on the event.
As Always, Happy Networking!
– Terry
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