Add this to the 23 things Human Resources Professionals won't say to your face: Job Fairs are an absolute and total joke! A waste of time for those serious about looking for job & a break from ones real job for those blessed to still be working.
Unless you have a company that is hiring 30+ people at one time, my opinion is if you are looking for work, save your gas, time, lunch money, etc. stay home and do what you are going to be told to do any way...'go to our web-site and see if there are any jobs available.'
The people at the job fair aren't the ones that do the hiring, they aren't going to tell you what they are looking for or who, they are going to say, we do our hiring through the internet.
So, what did I get for my 45 mile trip to Olympia besides the chance of going to Costco to pick up some milk?
Just 4 business cards. That's it! The jobs they are hiring for, I have already applied for. Even the temporary agents asked me if I applied to their web-site...yes!
Bottom line in my eyes and several others I have spoken to and I believe it to be so...if you are over the age of 45 forget about being hired. Most of the people doing the hiring, aren't looking for experience, they are looking for cheaper labor.
Oh well, after I walked up and down both sides of the mall and was starving, I sat down to eat and realized my grands friend and her mom were sitting across from me. We chatted, I left.
Sometimes, we are so impersonal and why job fairs that yield nothing are held is beyond me. Guess it is so we can show how many people are out of work!