By Anna Davies, REDBOOK
Career fairs used to be populated primarily with recent college grads eager to jump into the hiring pool. Not anymore. Now, potential hires of all ages and skill levels attend in the hope of creating a connection with a company that could eventually lead to a job, explains Jennifer Grasz, a Careerbuilder.com spokesperson. Here, the need-to-know basics, plus how to stand out from the pack.
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1. Find a fair. The newspaper, job sites such as Monster.com or Careerbuilder.com, and local colleges are good places to start. Fairs generally take place at hotels or community event spaces, and some are virtual, where applicants and employers meet online in a chat room. Fairs can be either general or industry-specific-be sure the one you attend is looking for hires with your skill set.
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2. Do your homework. "There may be 25 companies represented, so before you go, decide on a few you're
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