Attending job fairs is another way of tracking down a job. Some of them can be useful and others simply a way to advertise companies–so always be weary. Before attending a job fair here are 5 things to consider:

1. Free or Pay

The rule of thumb when it comes to job fairs is they are typically free. If there is a fee or admission charge try to avoid it–after all the whole point of this type of event is companies hiring talent like you not charging you for the opportunity.

2. Main Sponsors

Check if the main sponsor(s) are creditable and reputable. Have they sponsored events like the one you are about to attend before? Do your research: check their websites and social media accounts. Are they legitimate companies or simply ones using the event to sell you a product or service through the fair.

3. Check out reviews / Reputation

Following the above tip, do your research on the sponsors and the history of the fair. Look for reviews and what others had to say after attending the fair. Although you should always take reviews with a grain of salt–if the reviews are consistently poor you might want to avoid that fair.

4. Companies Present

Along with the main sponsor what other companies will be attending? Are the companies established? The fair website typically has a list of companies attending–examine the list carefully and see if you find any that interest you or you might like to work for.

5. Workshops / Seminars

Sometimes good job fairs offer a variety of workshops or seminars. For example, a resume workshop can offer you an opportunity to work with a resume writer one-on-one where they will review your resume. Seminars might be tougher to attend because you have to register before hand–the reason might be it is an in-demand speaker or a popular speaker.

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