Building Skills NY Senior Recruiter Calvin Edwards recently joined Queens Borough President Donovan Richards Jr., for a monthly virtual job recruitment fair. He spoke with participants about the growing number of open construction positions in the five boroughs, as well as the training and credentials needed to build a successful career in the industry.
Job fairs – be they in-person or virtual due to ongoing COVID restrictions – are great opportunities for individuals looking to break into a new field. But they’re also helping for those who are hoping for a chance to advance from an existing position. No matter what stage you’re at in your career, attending a job fair is always a good idea. Here’s why:
Expand Your Circle of Contacts
Whether you’re looking to break into an industry or simply seeking the next step on the career ladder, job fairs are always great networking events. It’s important to expand your circle of contacts to include as many people as possible. You never know where or when your next opportunity will present itself. With that in mind, networking should not be limited to perspective employers.
A fellow jobseeker can be a great resource for you – and vice versa – by offering new insights or tips about the industry. While you’re in line waiting to speak with an employer, consider striking up a conversation with another attendee. The key is to talk to as many people as you can.
Explore Something New
Job fairs offer you a unique opportunity to connect with dozens of potential employers. At these fairs, you can learn what types of jobs are available and get insights into what positions best fit your career goals. Maybe you’ll discover a new area of interest that you didn’t know about. Also, meeting with recruiters one-on-one allows you to ask questions about the positions available and get a better sense of the job requirements. Unlike online job searches, you are not limited to a small snippet of information at job fairs. Keep an open mind and don’t be afraid to sit down and ask questions – that’s what the recruiters are there for. Remember: They’re looking for talent. And you’re the talent!
Receive Valuable Advice
In addition to getting a better sense of what positions are open, job fairs also are a chance for you to ask employers and recruiters for pointers about securing an interview or finding the right position. Employers can give you a better understanding of what skills you will need to succeed. They might even recommend a few courses or certifications that could increase your chances of being selected as a candidate. They might also offer guidance on what to include – or omit – from your resume.
For information about upcoming job fairs, don’t hesitate to reach out the Building Skills team.