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.
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:
Kelly Financial Resources
Volt Technical Resources
Volt Services Group
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.
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.