Job Fair vs Career Fair vs Resource Fair – What’s the Difference?

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

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Is the Sky the Limit?

Don’t allow catchy phrases to have you thinking things are impossible! Some things that seem impossible are not really impossible at all, it just depends on who you are talking to. If I believe that I am capable of doing something, I capable of trying! We repeat phrases that were designed to encourage us. However, we do so without really thinking about what we are saying. We repeat them over and over just because we heard it from someone else, and that person got a thunderous applause! Continue reading “Is the Sky the Limit?”

Headed to a Large Job Fair? Don’t Go Without Reading This!

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When you go to a large job fair, you will probably see several companies in which you are interested. Take a small briefcase, portfolio case, or even a heavy duty folder with you, so that you can put in it all of the information you gather. (Include in it a small notebook or some note paper, and a pen.) You will collect business cards, brochures, flyers, and even free gifts! Next, don’t go to a table just to get a free gift or candy without first introducing yourself; then proceed to ask for whatever it is you want. Being polite never grows old. You may not be interested, but smile, say, “thank you,” and walk away. I heard a guy at recent job fair say, “I’m not working for that…” Not a good impression. Continue reading “Headed to a Large Job Fair? Don’t Go Without Reading This!”

Attention Job Seekers: Participants Wanted for Free Workshops!

We have all of the tools you need to find gainful employment in Guilford County! Team members at the NCWorks Career Center can help you build your skills and become more marketable to employers. Free workshops are available at no cost to you if you are laid off from employment, working part-time and not able to make ends meet, or you are displaced homemaker because your spouse lost employment. Continue reading “Attention Job Seekers: Participants Wanted for Free Workshops!”

When Networking Feels Like Speed Dating!

Are you a bit shy when it comes to meeting new people? Do you have a lot to say, but seem to stutter when it comes to actually saying it? You are not alone! Networking can be very stressful. And like speed dating, you don’t have a lot of time to make a good impression. We say, “just relax, it’s not a date!” But, if you can’t relax, here are some tips to help you become a little more comfortable at your next networking event: Continue reading “When Networking Feels Like Speed Dating!”

“WHAT IS YOUR WEAKNESS?”

 

Your interviewer asks, “What is your weakness?” You freeze – which is not such a bad thing. Especially if you were going to give an answer off the top of your head. Whatever that answer was, get rid of it! This question qualifies for more than a “top-of-the-head” answer. No worries, though. The answer has already been provided – it’s in the job description! Below are some important tips to remember whenever you are asked for your weakness. Continue reading ““WHAT IS YOUR WEAKNESS?””