Job Fairs are powerful engines for employment creation if geared to a labour market demand. They form temporary market places where job-seekers (supply side of the labour market) make face-to-face contact with employers (demand side) for short-term employment, internships or exploration of work and learning opportunities. Job Fairs can generate many placements in a short time, accommodate the demand for productive labour, orientate students into prospective formal work and learning opportunities, and fuel public private-partnerships on the local level.
Typical Job Fair organisers are:
- Education facilities like schools, training centres, universities
- Public employment services (PES)
- Municipalities, city administrations
- Youth organisations
Private sector institutions (e.g. chambers, business or employers’ associations)
Placing graduates and job-seekers into wage and self-employment is the primary goal of employment-focused fairs; placement into internships is another goal. Job Fairs can also provide career information and orientation to students in transition from one educational level or stream to another, and to long-term unemployed youth. Job Fairs create numerous benefits for all involved:
- Young people develop or implement career plans by exploring the range of company based work and learning opportunities; compare further education and training opportunities; gather information about other employment services (e.g. placement, non-formal trainings, start-up support); exercise job-seeking, networking, and interview skills.
- Formally established enterprises with a demand for skilled labour reduce recruitment costs by directly screening many pre-selected young job-seekers for their potential as future employees, workers or interns.
- Public Employment Services can arrange for a high number of placements in a short time.
- All institutions participating in the preparation of the fairs exchange information from unique perspectives, contribute their respective strengths, and deepen their networks for enhanced stakeholder
- For Policy makers on national and local level, Job Fairs can be a cost-efficient way to increase labour market performance.
Education, training and other employment service providers (placement, business start-up support) market their services to young job-seekers and employers.
The success of a Job Fair depends on how well organisers filter and match market participants with corresponding interests.