offers employees a chance to sell themselves
July 16, 2015
Instead of sending an application online, employers at Indiana Black Expo’s Employment Fair said the best way for a person to find a career is meeting with employers in person at a fair.
“From what I’ve been told 50 percent of applications submitted online aren’t even inquired about,” Account Manager for Vectren, Jerry Jones, said.
Attending a job fair gives the employee an advantage over just applying anonymously online. Candidates have an opportunity to speak with recruiters and ask specific questions aimed at their desired career.
“He or she can come and speak for their resume, instead of letting their resume speak for them,” Jones said.
This year’s employment fair featured over 90 employers seeking motivated, hard working employees to bring into their company.
Bridgestone has been coming to the employment fair for several years and has even found successful employees from the event.
“I actually hired a young lady from here last year, I was talking to her last week about the event, telling her she was up for a promotion,” Dana Geary, One America senior talent acquisition partner, said.
WTHR Channel 13, which annually sponsors the event, has seen the benefits for attending the employment fair as opposed to applying for an applications online.
“Online applications are very impersonal, you're hiding behind a computer,” said Young-Hee Yedinak, community affairs producer at WTHR Channel 13.
WTHR’s employment fair is one of the largest in the state.
“The event is always well attended, we’ve received tremendous feedback from both employees and employers,” Yedinak said.
The fair isn’t only for those without a job. Anna Barber, Domestic Operations Specialist for Langham Logistics, attended Thursday’s event in hopes of finding a better job that may turn into a career.
Barber, who has been at her current job for more than 10 years, said she feels she has reached a dead end.
“I can stay there forever but I’ll never make any more money,” she said.
Barber, who recently received her master’s degree from Indiana Wesleyan University and is currently working toward getting her Ph.D., feels like she is underemployed.
“I’m not paid what I should be making with the level of education I have and that’s the hard part,” said Barber.