As part of a career services department, you know there are a lot of moving parts involved in putting on a career fair. It’s much more than setting up a few tables and passing out fliers. For those looking to improve the career fair experience, you may have considered searching for career fair software - but is there really such a thing? Thankfully, we live in a world where technology is always advancing and people are always coming up with a way to make events easier - even career fairs.
Planning a college career fair requires a combination of attention to detail and creative problem-solving. How do you put on a successful career fair with a limited budget, overextended staff, and high expectations? Learning from the mistakes of others is always a worthwhile endeavor. Let’s look at three common mistakes and how to avoid them.
As you plan your promotion of the next career fair, for your career services department, you are likely thinking about the ways available to get your message out. In our modern world, there are more and more ways to advertise. Our first instinct is to post on social media or send out an email blast - but what happened to traditional career fair promotion? While you create your Facebook events and craft compelling Instagram posts, keep in mind old-school methods, such as fliers, radio ads, and television spots.
As you prepare for your first college career fair, you wonder what it’s going to be like. Will it be packed? Will students be able to find their ways around? And most importantly, will this be a good place for students to find jobs? Career fairs can be successful for students and recruiters - some more than others.
You’ve had it marked on the calendar for months now. The day is quickly creeping up and suddenly you’re faced with stress, nervousness, and probably a lot of questions. Before the big day gets any closer, it’s time to start preparing to attend a career fair.