The Pros and Cons of Job Fairs

Job fairs are common practice for many employers to showcase their businesses to would-be employees. On the other side of the coin, employees now have the opportunity to explore a business and a job in more depth by speaking to someone from the company itself. It seems like a basic premise that works all the time.

However, just like any other event, there are both advantages and disadvantages to job fairs. What makes them so valuable for workers? What are the things that can make them a waste of time?

We take a look at the pros and cons of job fairs, so you know what to expect for next time.

Advantages of Job Fair

  1. Access To Multiple Employers At One Time – For unemployed workers or those looking to expand or change their careers, a job fair offers plenty of opportunities to meet multiple employers at one time. You’ll get to interact with many employees of different organizations, discussing roles and responsibilities, job cultures and much more. It’s the perfect place to find something new for you.
  2. Immediate Response To A Job Application – You can expect a direct response to your application instead of waiting weeks to hear (if you ever do). Most employers at these fairs will quickly analyze a resume, approach, and on-the-spot interview and give you a response than usual.
  3. Time-Saver For Employees – It can be time-consuming and emotionally gruelling to apply for job after job. So over time, you’ll lose the energy to do it again. But at a job fair, you’ll save time as it’s all in one place for you, coupled with the quick response. That means better results at a fast time, and overall, less wasted time at home.
  4. Can Rebound For Other Jobs – It is natural to lose confidence after many failed interviews or lack of application responses. So imagine how easily you can bounce back when the job fair has plenty of options on the floor, just right around the corner. This variety of job positions encourages workers to move and search for other options available and not lose confidence.
  5. Narrow Down Industries & Jobs – You can really narrow down your job search and career trajectory by visiting a job fair. You can get an instant-response to whether or not a job/career is right for you, and look around to see what other options you have available. You’ll get a feel about what’s best for you and your career.

Disadvantages of Job Fair:

  1. Extra Competition – As there might be thousands of job seekers at the fair, you’re going to come up against some stiff competition. That makes it even more challenging to get filtered through the crowd so that you can get the job.
  2. Miss Out On Potentially The Right Employers – Your job might be around the corner, but you might miss it because you’re overwhelmed with choice. It can make the entire experience more challenging, so there’s a chance you’ve missed the dream opportunity.
  3. No Proper Interview Structure – Unlike formal interviews with employees or recruitment agencies, there is no structure when speaking to businesses at fairs. It’s pretty much chaos, which can make you stand out from other employees more difficult than expected. 
  4. Can Be Emotionally & Mentally Draining – Attending interviews the whole day can take its toll on your emotional and mental state. There is no calm atmosphere to give a good interview, and you’re competing against thousands of other workers. You’ll be exhausted by the end of the day – if you make it that far.
  5. Companies Use It To Promote Their Brand, Not The Job – It’s a sad reality that few businesses participate only for brand establishments in many many job fairs. They give out pamphlets and show presentations about the various job opportunities, indirectly marketing the organization. They have zero interest in hiring people and are keener to get their name out there.

As you can see from the above points, there are advantages and disadvantages to going to job fairs. How you approach them and why you’re going can help determine your success at these events. Just be mindful of the disadvantages that come with it, so you’re well prepared.