Jobseekers are in a great salary bargaining place right now, because there is a shortage of workers. Employers are in desperate need of workers and are motivated to pay more to fills positions are every level of employment. In addition, many of the corporations and businesses hiring are doing so by offering signing bonuses and other extra perks.

So, now is the time to get out there and apply for a job. Whether you're looking to begin a new carrier or expand in your area of college studies, affiliated with things you like to do, there are plenty of jobs out there. In fact, anyone who wants a job right now can certainly have one or even two. The perfect place to take advantage of the variety is at a career and job fair, which also happens to be the best place to meet a lot of employers from different professions that are more than willing to speak to you when they otherwise would not have time.

Use their motivation to your advantage and hopefully you can not only network with the top management/owner of the company you aspire to work for but find the career of your dreams. For even more inspiration, below is a look at the Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Attend A Job Fair comprised of experts who know a lot about building a career.

1. Explore A New Career

Fairs are a great way to meet business leaders in the community. Now more than ever great career options are on the table and provide job seekers with awesome opportunities.

2. The Atmosphere is More Relaxed and Makes Job Seeking Less Stressful 

A perfect way to get the nerves out is to talk to a few smaller company's on your list before you go talk to employers of your top choices. This allows you to get warmed up and makes for a more relaxed conversation and interview.  Fairs always have a lot of exhibit booths from various companies, making it easy to go from one employer to the next.

3. "Networking is the no. 1 unwritten rule of success in business" - Sallie Krawcheck

Krawcheck is the co-founder and CEO of Ellevest, a digital investment platform designed to help women reach their financial goals. She says networking can be a space for learning and discovery. This is especially true at a job fair because you get rare access to opportunities you might not be able to find on your own. You never know who you will meet at a job fair, making the networking possibilities very valuable.
4. Improve Your Communication Skills

Jobseekers are put in front of potential employers in a 'speed dating' forum as most of the booths are side-by-side. Chances are you will be interviewed on the spot by several employers. As the day progresses you will get better and better at answering questions, articulating your job skills, and providing the employer with information.

5. Career & Job Fairs Are Free!

Some job fairs may require pre-registration but that is a good thing and puts you among the first to meet future/potential employers. Attending a job fair doesn't cost anything but could be a huge payoff, landing you a great career with a great employer. This is your opportunity to market the skills you possess to 20 to 50 employers in one location. In the end, saving you time and gas.

Now that you know all the reasons why you should attend a job fair, there is one coming up next week! Run off a few copies of your most current resume, pick out your best work attire and save the date. The Louisiana Workforce Center is teaming up with Calcasieu Parish Police Jury and the LA Workforce Development Board to host a Region 5 Quarterly Job Fair on Tuesday, Oct. 19. It will take place at the Lake Charles Civic Center Exhibition Hall (900 Lakeshore Drive), from 9:30 a.m. to noon.

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