Prospecting a job fair?

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Mar 9, 2010 1:56 am

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 9, 2010 3:46 am

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 9, 2010 4:12 am

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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 1:43 pm

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

Mar 9, 2010 10:51 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 2:19 pm

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 14, 2010 1:52 am

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