I think you’re asking the wrong question. Let me explain.

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Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter. I'm a coach who helps people in a variety of ways professionally. And here I am answering a question from someone.

“Is it better to attend a job fair or apply online?” The answer is neither. The best way to do it is to network your way in and not just be another one of the cattle who is there for the cattle call. And the cattle call exists at a job fair. It exists when you apply online. Let me just give you a description of what happens when you go to a job fair.

There are tons of people there with their resume, waiting on line for that 10 seconds that someone's going to collect the resume from them, chat with them for a minute and, trust me, the person there from the institution doesn't want to be there. They are on their feet all day there talking to people all day. It's exhausting.

On the other hand, you apply online, what happens? You're going into “the black hole.” What's so appealing about that?

So the best way to get interviews is through networking. 70% of positions are filled as a result of networking. So that's always the optimal way of doing it.

Now with that said, to directly answer your question, you'll never get an interview directly at a job fair. That's the fact of it. They're there collecting resumes. They are chatting. They may make a quick note . . .
may make a quick note if you do something that's particularly interesting to them in the few seconds you talk with them. But, ultimately, you know it's awful.

If you apply online, you might get an interview. You're never going to get one at the job fair but applying online is the lazy way. It's being one of the many fish in the pond or jumping for the one hook. Only one fish winds up on the line. It's not the exact ideal way of doing it.

So hope you found this helpful. I'm Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter. I'm a coach who helps people with job search, hiring more effectively, managing and leading, career development, executive coaching, a host of things related to being effective in the workplace. If you're
interested in more, visit my website, TheBigGameHunter.us. I've got thousands of posts there that you can watch, listen to or read that will help you.

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Have a great day and take care.


Jeff Altman, The Big Game HunterJeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching, all as well as executive job search coaching, job coaching and interview coaching. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1700 episodes and “The No BS Coaching Advice Podcast” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council. “No BS JobSearch Advice Radio” was named a Top 10 podcast for job search. JobSearchTV.com is also a Top 10 YouTube channel for job search.

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