Employment Service

Job Fairs

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.

Orientation
Preparation
Matching
Providers

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)

Beneficiaries

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.

Key to Success

The success of a Job Fair depends on how well organisers filter and match market participants with corresponding interests.

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