Since I have attended Job Fairs, Career Fairs and Resource Fairs for over 15 years, think I’ll take a shot at this question. Here’s my short answer, not much! Here’s another short answer, you are what makes each event different! If you are one who believes that sometimes your open door happens by being in the right place at the right time, you’ll want to frequent each of them whenever you can.
My long answer to what is the real difference between a Job Fair, a Career Fair or a Resource Fair? Consider these opportunities that are usually featured: Non-degree opportunities, degree opportunities, educational opportunities, and entrepreneurial opportunities. Not always featured at each event? Resources. Resources are normally only featured at Resource Fairs and are for people of all ages. There may be a clothing give-a-way, health screening, empowerment workshops, baby sitting services, etc. Event planners are getting creative when planning these events. There are probably more activities that I haven’t mentioned.
Back to my short answer – it’s you! Take time to prepare yourself for your door of opportunity. It is my belief that this “door” we always speak about happens because we’ve visualized it to happen; and coupled with hopes, dreams and admiration, this open door is sure to be revealed! The point is, whichever event you attend, be prepared. Go there to show that you are the best and dress to impress! However, don’t be disappointed if things don’t go your way at the next event you attend. Before gaining employment, community resources could be the very thing that you need to remove your barriers to employment. Notice the definition of the word, opportunity – “a set of circumstances that makes it possible to do something.” A set of circumstances that make it possible to do something. Wow! A combination of things could be happening right now! You may be at the beginning of this set of circumstances, in the middle or right at the end where things begin to happen! Don’t give up. Persistence doesn’t have a set number. You just keep pushing until it happens – it usually does! If you need resources to remove barriers to employment and to realize your door of opportunity, those resources could also be major difference!
NCWorks Career Centers in Guilford County, serve thousands of customers per month. Many of them were referred to Job, Career or Resource Fairs, and have been found by recruiters. If you would like to attend our upcoming Community Resource Fair, in the Guilford County Area, it will be located at the National Guard Armory in Greensboro, NC, on April 26, 2017, from 3-8 pm. Follow this link for more information about this event:http://www.spingo.com/calendar/event/6350567