At JobsInTheUS, we are taking our web-based employment advertising resource from the net to the neighborhood. We've launched an initiative to host 4 career fairs in September- one each in Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Alabama. In the spring, we'll be hosting 7, including those 4 states, plus Mississippi, Louisiana, and Vermont. These fairs are growing, and we're seeing participation from businesses from all sectors.
It's been our belief, since our site started in 1998, that effective internet resources of any kind, must have strong and consistent local presence and support. This belief has led us to provide in-person educational seminars to local employers across New England and NY; sponsor and attend local trade association events, HR Conferences, and business expos; provide outreach training to job seekers at career centers and colleges; and execute one-on-one training with recruiters to help them better understand how to maximize their presence on the web.
I can honestly admit that as a job seeker more than 4 1/2 years ago, I relied exclusively on the internet to find my next career opportunity. Clearly, that's how I found my way to JobsInTheUS. That being said, I still feel VERY strongly that in-person events such as career fairs are vitally important and beneficial to both employers and job seekers...
AM I CRAZY? AM I STUCK IN THE 90'S? AM I ON AN ISLAND?
Do employers really feel that meeting job seekers face to face is no longer important? As a hiring manager myself, I am always grateful to have a job fair to attend that coincides with hiring needs. Being able to shake a hand, make eye contact, and interact at that level for just 5 minutes is often more valuable than a 20 to 30 minute phone screen interview. And more often than not, interviews from career fair candidates reveal fewer surprises.
What are your thoughts? Are job fairs dead? If so... why?
We have moved to Wordpress! Posted by Jason Links to this post The Recruiting Front Lines has evolved. At the beginning of the year, I changed jobs within my company, moving away from Outreach and Education, and into my new role as Director of Business Development. While I remain closely involved with our field activity, I am now more focused on strategic partnerships, social media, and the world of internet recruitment resources. As I have made this change, the focus of my blog content has also changed. Recently, I began to feel that many of the ideas I had for blog posts would not fit within the framework of The Recruiting Front Lines. This was a cause of some frustration, as I felt that I was either misrepresenting my content with the title of my blog, or that I was stifling my writing because I felt it didn't fit. To rectify this situation, I have created a new blog home, now on WordPress. I am still ironing out the wrinkles, but feel that it is far enough along that I can move all my past content, and begin posting all new content, at the new address. I would like to formally welcome everyone to come check out my new home at jasonblais.com. I can't wait to hear what you think! Best Regards, and Thank you for your time and attention over the past 18 months. Jason