Job fairs are excellent ways to network face to face with employers who are looking to hire. We have been sponsoring numerous job fairs across the country in order to offer H2H users added value beyond applying for jobs on our website. (here is a list of upcoming job fairs)
Although these job fairs are great, we wanted to explore some other ways you can stay connected beyond applying for openings online and attending job fairs.
We reached out to some HR/Recruiter friends of ours to see what they would recommend for job seekers.
H2H: Other than job fairs, what are some other great ways to network with businesses to get a job?
Karen Siwak: Industry association conferences, association chapter meetings, trade shows, lunch and learn seminars and board of trade events.
Bridget Webb: Connect on Linkedin and follow on Facebook and Twitter.
These are two different styles of answers, but both make a call to action for networking.
In order to make these suggestions work, we recommend that you also have a clear understanding of what you want. If you’re confused about the industry you want to get into, it may cause you to spin and not get anywhere. Define your skill sets, pick a focus and put yourself out there. There is no better way to practice your networking skills than to just do it. Introducing yourself and engaging in conversation within your industry may just be the thing that’s holding you back from landing your next opportunity!