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Job fairs 2020: keys to choose and take advantage of them

marzo 31, 2021

These events are useful to contact employers directly and guide you on your life and professional project due to the variety of workshops and presentations that are offered. Find out which ones will be offered this year

Do you want to find a job or are you interested in turning your professional career around? Attend one of the job fairs that are organized during 2020 can help you achieve your goal, since they are spaces where you can directly contact the companies where you would like to work, make yourself known and increase your chances of getting a job.

These events also constitute a unique opportunity to guide you on your life and professional project, since some of them offer talks, workshops and sessions that will help you to know yourself, define what you want to dedicate yourself to and how to achieve it.

Job fairs can lead to two very different achievements, depending on your profile: if you are a person who still needs define your career objective, “You can find in the lectures and orientation sessions that are offered essential support to decide which career path can be the most fruitful,” he says. Mari Carmen García, Educaweb career counselor. Also, these events are useful if you are clear about the sector or even the companies in which you want to develop professionally, because “you will find in this recruiting space an opportunity to convince employers,” he adds.

The job fairs They also constitute an “interesting way to take the pulse of the labor reality and the labor market trends“, says Jesús Barberá, professor of the Training and Labor Orientation (FOL) module at the CIPFP Ausiàs March in Valencia.” It is an interesting way to keep up to date with what is going on in a given sector or what are the future prospects for this “.

Types of job fairs

exist different types of job fairs. Some are aimed exclusively at students and junior graduates, or to professionals from specific sectors, and “that can be useful for people who already work in that sector and want to improve their position, or for those who carry out their work in another sector and are considering turning their career around,” explains García.

For his part, Barberá explains that each job fair “has a target With a very specific market, there are countless options that are aimed at very diverse audiences: there are those focused on the younger population or older people, those that include training offers, and others emphasize self-employment as a way out of the situation. unemployment. “ the different types of job fairs are the following …

Labor fairs by economic sector and for specific audiences

Most job fairs are aimed at the general public, but some are aimed at professionals specialized in an economic sector in particular or with specific demographic and academic characteristics, such as university students, people over 50 years of age, FP graduates or people with a disability.

For example, two events that are aimed at young recent graduates or juniors are the Saló de l’Ocupació Juvenil – Setmana de la Formació i Treball, which will take place on March 19 and 20 at Fira de Barcelona, ​​or JOBarcelona 2020, which will will be held on March 26 at the Palau de Congressos de Catalunya.

College job fairs

The universities of different autonomous communities usually organize Virtual and face-to-face job fairs, mostly for your students or graduates. If you are a student or university graduate, it is advisable to consult the website of the institution where you study or from which you graduated to find out when and where they will take place.

Nevertheless, some events organized by universities are open to anyone who wishes to participate. An example is the XVI Employment Forum, organized by the Autonomous University of Madrid, which will be held on February 19 and 20 at the Faculty of Economic and Business Sciences, as a generalist space, and at the Higher Polytechnic School for graduates of the sector TIC.

Institutional and local job fairs

Other job fairs they have official institutional support “which may be essential for some profiles of attendees,” says García. It is the case of organized by the Chambers of Commerce and framed in the Comprehensive Qualification and Employment Program (PICE), which seeks to improve the employability of young people. To access these events it is necessary to be registered in the National Youth Guarantee System and meet certain requirements that you can consult on the website of the Spanish Chamber of Commerce or that of your autonomous community.

The Chambers of Commerce of some autonomous communities also organize job fairs focused on FP and Dual FP students and graduates. Likewise, the Town Halls and Provincial Councils of various regions also usually organize employment fairs and forums in collaboration with other entities, so it is advisable to obtain information on the corresponding official portals.

How to choose the ideal job fair

For choose the job fair that is best for you to attend of the different typologies offered it is important a process of self-knowledge to analyze the moment of your professional career and your work objective, since “in most cases each event is usually directed to a specific audience,” says García.

Therefore, as a previous step to selecting the event, “you have to do a calm analysis of what is the objective you want to achieve with the visit. If you are clear about this question, the time you invest in the fair will be more profitable, “says Barberá.” It is about finding ‘the shape of your shoe’; that way the information you get in it and the networking that you do will be more profitable, “adds the FOL teacher.

8 recommendations to take advantage of a job fair

If you have already chosen the job fair you want to attend, the guidance professionals consulted recommend taking into account the following tips so that the visit is beneficial.

  1. Check the fair program in advance, to investigate which entities and companies participate. Knowing who they are and what they do will help you prepare your CV accordingly and “know how to ask when you visit their stand at the fair”, adds Barberá, counselor and winner of the Educaweb Award in the Professionals category in 2018.
  2. Plan the visit to determine your priorities. Before attending the event, it is important to “prioritize the workshops and talks you want to attend or the companies you want to interview with,” says the counselor Mari Carmen García, who also advises not to forget these priorities during the visit.
  3. Prepare your CV and other ways to make yourself known. In addition to bringing copies of your updated CV to the event, and even adapted to the profile of the companies that interest you at the fair, you can also prepare business cards in which you include information “about your online CV or LinkedIn profile using a QR code, or your personal brand 2.0 (web, blog, social networks, etc.) “, advises Barberá.
  4. Prepare your speech or professional presentation, if you are clear that you want to offer your services to a company or companies. You will probably have little time to convince employers of your professional potential, so “prior preparation can give you the security that could make a difference compared to other candidates”, considers the counselor Mari Carmen García.
  5. Connect with professional recruiters and assistants. The counselors consulted coincide in taking advantage of the visit by relating to the representatives of the companies that interest you, either by asking them questions or asking for their contact information. “So you can later contact them to show your interest in joining the company,” says García, who acknowledges that it is also useful to connect with other attendees to expand your network of contacts.
  6. Take care of your image and practice your social skills. Taking care of the image with which you go to the fair is also significant, according to Barberá, who also points out the importance of taking care of the social skills that you use with the employers of the stands that interest you, “since almost always the way we behave says more of us than our words “.
  7. Follow up on the visits you make to the stands Through an agenda or notebook in which you write down “each one of the actions that you carry out, as well as those that remain to be carried out during the fair,” says Barberá. This will make it easier to keep track of the steps you have taken during the event
  1. Evaluate the visit and follow up with the contacts. Once you have attended the fair, it is advisable to analyze all the information you have collected and follow up on the contacts you made by sending them your CV by email, for example. “This is important because the fair goes beyond when your visit ends,” explains Barberá, who also considers that evaluating it will allow you to analyze what has not worked for you or what you could have managed in a better way, so that in the next Sometimes the same thing will not happen to you again.

Check Educaweb for more tips on how to prepare to make the most of job fairs.

2020 job fairs

Here are some of the 2020 job fairs that already have their dates and locations confirmed. We will update the information continuously, so we recommend that you consult this article later.

Among the closest job fairs are the following (in chronological order):

Own elaboration based on information from the websites of each event. University fairs aimed exclusively at their students and graduates are excluded; For more information on these, consult the websites of each entity.

Virtual and face-to-face fairs to work abroad

And if what you want is to find work in other European countries, you will be interested to know that there are virtual job fairs, among which the European Employment Days, organized by the European Commission, stand out. In these, job seekers and company representatives from different parts of Europe “meet” in a virtual space twice a week to meet and exchange information. Registrations for these events are made on the initiative’s website.

One of the virtual fairs that will be held soon is called Work in Berlin – Jobs in the Booming Online Industry, scheduled for February 28 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The virtual event is …