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Expert Says Jobs Not Easy To Find At Job Fairs

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, October 24, 2011

The California Job Journal is holding its 20th annual Fall HIREvent Tuesday. Journal Publisher Kathy Masera says about 20 employers including CalTrans, AFLAC and Clear Channel are looking to fill 300 jobs.  

"We have everything from accounting positions to legal positions, law enforcement, transportation, engineering, electricians. So it runs the gamut."

She expects about 1,000 jobseekers to show up.

"It's a great networking opportunity to meet with that many companies in such a short period of time." 

But some in the industry say these kinds of events are not the most effective way of looking for a job.

"Most people should not put a lot of hopes into a job resulting from one of these fairs."

John Challenger heads the outplacement consulting firm Challenger, Gray and Christmas. Challenger says - it's not that jobseekers shouldn't go to job fairs, it's just that they should also be networking in more direct ways.

"Most of their activity should be concentrated out seeing people in person, one by one, not looking for open jobs. You can't make it the only part of your search."

Challenger says if you are going to a job fair avoid the crowds by showing up early or staying late. And ask to be invited to the company later for an interview.

Tuesday's free job fair will be from noon to 4 PM at the Crowne Plaza at Madison and I-80.

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