Are Career Fairs Dead?

Are Career Fairs Dead?

By Sepp Nasri

We promise you, career fairs aren't dead! Actually, they're more alive than ever before.

While traditional in-person career fairs have been a staple of the recruitment process for many years, the landscape of recruiting is evolving.

If you're graduating soon and looking to start your career, here are a few reasons why you should consider attending career fairs:

Networking Opportunities Aplenty!

Career fairs, whether virtual or in-person, continue to provide valuable networking opportunities for job seekers to interact with recruiters, learn about companies, and explore potential career paths. Face-to-face interactions are beneficial for building relationships and making a memorable impression. 

First-Hand Look at Who's Hiring

Attending career fairs gives you a bird's eye view of which industries are hiring. See multiple hiring organizations in one space and get an idea of how they set themselves apart from their competitors. 

Meeting different organizations face to face gives you a chance to ask questions in-person and even see how they interact with others. Take the opportunity to address anything from concerns you have related to accessibility and diversity - and get an immediate feel if you think they're the right culture fit for you.

Career Fairs Remain a Relevant and Valuable Component of the Job Search and Recruitment Process

Whether conducted in-person or virtually, career fairs provide opportunities for networking, exploration, and connection between employers and job seekers. 

Gone are the days when career fairs were confined to overcrowded halls and generic booth setups are largely gone. Today, they have transformed into dynamic events that combined the physical with the digital. This has impacted all aspects of career fairs, including: resume drop-off, business card and contact exchange, and informational material distribution. 

In a way, these new digital opportunities allow both job seekers and employers to showcase their innovation, creativity and level of digital adaptability. These changes have not only expanded access but also added a layer of excitement to the career fair experience.

Why You Should Attend the OISE Career Fair in Toronto (This Friday!)

The OISE Spring Hiring Fair this Friday is going to be a golden opportunity for educators and aspiring teachers. 

It connects over 500 teacher candidates from participating organizations, including public school boards, independent schools, and tutoring organizations. 

With the fair hosted at the accessible OISE Library, it promises to be a well-organized and conducive environment for networking, learning, and career development. 

The OISE Career Fair not only offers direct access to hiring organizations but also showcases the rich educational ecosystem surrounding OISE, making it an invaluable experience for those at the cusp of shaping their futures in education. 

Visit Us at the OISE Spring Hiring Fair in Toronto this Friday, April 12th, 2024

Find us at the OISE Spring Hiring Fair on Friday, April 12th, 2024.

Stop by our booth on Friday to learn more about teaching jobs abroadTEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) certification, and much more.

Presented by OISE University of Toronto and Teach Away, this elite program is designed to equip you with the skills and knowledge needed to teach English Language Learners effectively, even if you don’t have a background in teaching.

Whether you choose to teach abroad, online, part-time, or full-time, this powerhouse TEFL certificate will surely open doors.

See you at the OISE Library! 252 Bloor St. West, Toronto, Ontario.

When: April 12th, 2024 
Time: 11am - 2pm
Location: OISE Library, Ground Floor
How to prepare:

  • Research the attending organizations
  • Come prepared and ready to make a positive impression on potential employers
  • All of the attending exhibitors are actively hiring, but may not interview on the spot
  • Have a few copies of your resume on hand
  • Dress for success! Consider suiting up with a free find from OISE's Career Closet Initiative!

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