Prospecting a job fair?

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Mar 8, 2010 8:56 pm

There is a decent sized job fair near me tomorrow that I was thinking abot hitting and was wondering if anyone here has ever tried that avenue?  Last time this fair was held, there were about 1,000 people there.

Mar 8, 2010 10:46 pm

What would you do?  Try to get people to roll their 401k?  Perhaps it is a good idea since those people will have 401ks with old employers, but unless you rent a booth you could come across as someone who is out of place or intruding on an event.

Mar 8, 2010 11:12 pm

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What would you do?  Try to get people to roll their 401k?  Perhaps it is a good idea since those people will have 401ks with old employers, but unless you rent a booth you could come across as someone who is out of place or intruding on an event.

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The intruding part is what I was concerned about.  These people aren't there for a seminar.

What I was thinking about doing was starting a networking group on a site like Meetup.com and getting some guest speakers lined up for topics like resume writing, interviewing skills, etc., etc., and passing out a flier inviting these people to join the group.

Weak, I know...but if I got a couple rollovers out of it its not a bad way to spend 3 hours.

Mar 9, 2010 8:43 am

Maybe check to see if you can rent a small both at a future job fair so you will be legit.

Mar 9, 2010 5:51 pm

You are thinking outside of the box -- which is a good thing. But..

What is the demographics of most job fairs? I would think it would be college graduates with minimum ammount of 401k.
Will they let someone rent a booth who is not providing a job?

Mar 11, 2010 9:19 am

Many financial firms are hiring (mine is...) so if the recruiting office is willing to cover the cost of a booth, it could work.  May not be especially lucrative but you never know.

Along these lines I have recommended an upcoming military job fair to my leadership here.  If it happens I hope to piggy back on that for some prospecting.

Mar 13, 2010 8:52 pm

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