Last week's job fair at Mercaz Hamagshimim seemed to be a great success. The atmosphere was upbeat, free candy and pens were being given out left and right, but will anyone's job search end successfully because of it?
A Bustling Auditorium
Dozens of job seekers had a hard time walking among the company tables due to the number of visitors. Waiting in line for a chance to sit down and discuss opportunities was often to be expected.
One complaint I heard was that none of the hitech companies present were looking for web developers, which I found strange since I regularly see job openings of the sort.
On the other hand, people definitely did get to be interviewed and it was nice to see so many Israeli placement agencies trying to appeal to the (Anglo) immigrant community.
A Waste of Time? Time Will Tell
I didn't expect anyone to walk out with a work contract and that was even something I warned you about with the Job Fair Do's and Don'ts.
Job fairs are a great place to network and meet the people who will lead to your next job, hopefully even your dream job. The best anyone could have reasonably hoped for was an invitation to a longer interview in regards to a specific job opening.
Did that happen to you or anyone else you know?
A Silver Lining
The JobMob table was busy the whole evening even though we were tucked in the back corner of the main room.
There were many signups, with new members of the JobMob Community hailing from India, Australia, France, Chile, Brazil and the FSU among others. If you are one of them, welcome! It's terrific to have you here.
This is great news for you and and us because the larger the JobMob Community, the more people can help and get helped.
So was the fair useful for you? Did you learn anything from the speakers? Would you go back again?