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5 Things you didn’t know about job fairs

You may think you know everything about job fairs, but did you believe these five common misconceptions?

Job fairs have changed over the past few years, but many misconceptions remain. You may think you know what to expect, but do you?

Here are five things you didn’t know about job fairs:

They’re engaging
People often think job fairs are dull and boring, with a room full of corporate networking but this actually couldn’t be further from the truth. In tech, there’s innovations happening almost every day and a job fair is the perfect chance to meet with the people driving them. You’ll find people who are passionate about what they do and are keen to share their story and listen to yours.
There will also be plenty of candidates looking for information, guidance and support at the jobs fair. This, combined with the spectrum of employers present, makes a job fair an exciting hotspot where engaging insight meets passion and innovation.

Employers big and small
As well as having major multinational corporations represented at job fairs, there’s also a fantastic number of exciting and innovative start-ups that attend. At Herd’s upcoming event, there will be people from SkyBet and the NHS, as well as from some of the country’s most successful start-ups like Cocoon and 10Ten.

They can really lead to jobs
People often think jobs fairs are a great place for networking but won’t actually lead to anything meaningful but that’s just not true. Employers go to job fairs to find the next generation of talent or candidates that are looking to try something new. Of course, they don’t always find what they’re looking for but these events do very much lead to actual job offers.

Meaningful connections
As job fairs are usually very busy, people assume that you won’t have the time to make any meaningful connections. In reality, the businesses going to job fairs are incredibly passionate about what they do and are looking for candidates that understand that and want to get involved. This makes job fairs an incredibly exciting place to be if you’re looking for a job because, although it doesn’t land everyone their dream role, you can meet exciting people at the heart of their industry’s innovation.

You may think that job fairs will only be successful for you if you are from a very traditional academic background or have very typical skills. The fact is that they give people the opportunity to get to know the candidates behind the CV, allowing everyone the opportunity to engage face-to-face with employers. This makes it an incredibly inclusive environment with people from all backgrounds and with all different types of experience under their belt.

For tech especially, there will be people at Leeds Digital Job Fair that really care about making the industry more diverse and inclusive. This means it’s a great chance to meet with people who work in the sector and see how your previous idea of the tech world may be very wrong!

Did you also know that you can now register for Leeds Digital Job Fair 4.0? Sign up for free now and join us on February 28th at Leeds First Direct Arena.