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Recap of the Career Fair at Gillette Stadium

The career fair at Gillette Stadium, in my opinion, was less useful than the lecture. Career fairs in general are a difficult place to get attention from an employer, especially because there are so many people there. The lines for some of the organizations present were hundreds of people long, which is potentially hours of waiting. Each person gives a resume and talks a bit about the job/internship opportunities. It is very difficult to stand out, get all your questions answered and make a good impression all in such a short time. By the end of one of these job fair’s companies like ESPN could easily have 350 resumes, along with having talked to hundreds of applicants. What are the chances of remembering every single applicant? Basically none. This is the problem with career fairs.

I feel that it would be much more beneficial to speak to someone within an organization at another time, other than at a job fair. You will have more time (depending on their schedule) to speak with them, be able to make more of a connection and be able to hand in a resume alone (without 350 others).

I have to admit, when we began to walk around at the job fair, I was shocked at how many people were lined up in certain areas. Some of the big name organizations present were: the Boston Celtics, Eastern College Athletic Conference, ESPN, New England Revolution, and New England Patriots. The lines for each one of these organizations were very long, having waits that could have been up to a couple hours. I was pretty disappointed by this, seeing that I could not give in my resume or talk to a representative unless I waited for hours.

The end result was Nick (my good friend and fellow Sport Management student at Endicott College) and I decided to leave temporarily and come back for the New England Revolution game. We stayed at the actual career fair for only about a half hour. We visited a couple different booths, such as the Lowell Devils, 98.5 The Sports Hub, and Radio 850 WEEI. I think the funniest part about the career fair is I left my college with 13 printed copies of my resume. I was worried I would not have enough, since it couldn’t hurt to just give out the resume. I returned with 11. The lines were too long at most of the places for us to be interested in waiting. I want to get individual attention, not just be another face in the crowd.

Soon to come: Update on the Resume question and Revolution game recap.

  1. April 12, 2010 at 8:23 am

    Job fair’s are actually a very good thing to generate awareness for some unexplored job market and hidden opportunities. Also freshers can point out necessary skills required for getting particular job.Also Job fair arrange some seminar’s like resume writing skills etc. so they also prove beneficial for freshers.

  2. September 25, 2010 at 10:58 am

    Great article and superb insight. The competition for Sports-Industry employment is definitely increasing, along with other industries. This just confirms our philosophy that candidates need to “stand-out” from amongst the competition.

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