A career fair is an excellent opportunity for a job-seeker to entice a potential employer. While the amount of time spent face-to-face with recruiters is short, it’s that very interaction that may help you snag a job. Remember to bring several copies of your resume and business cards (if you have any) to serve as handouts for recruiters. It’s also helpful to come prepared with a short oral snippet about yourself and any qualifications that may be relevant to the job; this should typically take less than a minute. If you find yourself seeking a new job, the few job fairs that are taking place this summer in Raleigh and Charlotte may be your best bet.
Monday, June 2: 8629 JM Keynes Dr, Charlotte, NC 28262
This career fair will be located at the Hilton Charlotte University Place and will take place on June 2, 2014, from 11 am to 2 pm. If you register through the National Career Fair’s website you’ll be able to see a list of available jobs and potential employers. This fair will include jobs in retail, banking, accounting, real estate, hospitality, and more. Through this website you’ll also be able to upload your resume, but remember to still bring copies with you to the job fair.
Monday, August 18: 1707 Hillsborough St, Raleigh, NC 27605
Located at the Doubletree by Hilton Raleigh Brownstone University, this job fair will run from 11 am to 2 pm as well. Jobs that will be available at this career fair cover a wide array of fields such as accounting, hospitality, real estate, customer service, administrative, and more. The list of potential employers will not be available until August 13 for your review, so if you register make sure to note that date.
Monday, September 8: 5700 Westpark Drive, Charlotte, NC 28217
This job fair will take place at the Crowne Plaza Charlotte Executive Park from 11 am to 2 pm. Sponsored by Toyota Scion of North Charlotte and Lineage, here you’ll get to enjoy even more face-to-face interaction with recruiters. The full list of potential employers and available jobs will only be available 5 days before the fair, so register here as soon as possible and make sure to check back September 3.
Make sure to come to prepared to any job fair with plenty of copies of your resume. If you have any business cards, make sure to bring enough of those as well. A portfolio that contains your resumes and business cards should be enough, as you don’t want to lug around unnecessary baggage. Dress casual, but professional; try to steer away from jeans, sneakers, and logo t-shirts. First impressions may make or break your chances of getting hired.