When you’re in the market for a new role, are hiring fairs worth your time? Based on our recent Engineering and Technology Career Open House, we’d have to say the answer is a resounding yes.
Thanks to LinkedIn posts and referrals, word of the event spread like wildfire. Almost 400 people came to check out the opportunities – some from as far away as Montreal and Edmonton – and we now have 100+ candidates to contact for interviews.
Attendees had a chance to connect with hiring managers from Engineering, Quality, In-Service Support, Procurement, Sales, IT, Manufacturing, Environmental Health and Safety, and Administrative Services.
“Feed back from both our hiring managers and the candidates was extremely positive!”
“We were really excited to see the incredible traction this event got,” said event organizer Dave Mann. “The job fair really spread by word of mouth. Many candidates could not point to a single source that brought them in and simply told us ‘everyone is talking about it’. Feedback from both our hiring managers and the candidates was extremely positive!”
The benefits to job-seekers were also significant – from face time with potential employers to an in-person taste of company culture, it was a great opportunity to connect. Here are five reasons why job fairs are a great idea for candidates:
- You meet employers who are actively looking to hire. At WESCAM, we’re hiring across the board, so showing up means you’re getting on hiring managers’ radar – and increasing your chances of turning your visit into a job.
- You make an impression. Meeting a candidate in person gives managers information that doesn’t come across in an emailed resume – they can put a face and personality to the skills on that piece of paper, and they’ll be more likely to remember you
- It’s one-stop access to multiple opportunities. At our fair, candidates had the chance to talk to hiring managers from across the company. If you’re at a fair attended by multiple employers, it’s you can meet even more people.
- You get to know the company. When you meet people from the organization and explore their offices, you can ask questions, learn personalities and get a sense of the culture – none of which you’ll get from a job ad or a website.
- It’s great practice. When you give your “elevator pitch” to multiple people, you get better at it each time. So even if the fair doesn’t result in a job, you will have gotten better at interviewing in a low-pressure environment.
If you didn’t have a chance to attend the Open House on October 20th, it’s not too late! Check our careers site to see our current openings, or visit our culture page to see what working here is like.
Author: Kristine Shaver, Digital Lead @L3WESCAM