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Asked by Tanya on March 19, 2017

Do people really find jobs at industry conferences? Is it worth paying a fee to go to an industry conference in hopes of meeting someone from a company that is hiring?

Answered by Heather, Hiring Expert at The Hershey Company, on March 19, 2017

I am sure there are times where people have founds jobs at industry conferences.  However, you should go with the focus of networking not landing a job.  If you are passionate about the industry, I would definitely go to the conference.  Make your name known/market yourself, learn more about the industry & network.  In the long run, having that industry focused network could help you find a job. 

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Answered by Traci, Hiring Expert at Accenture, on March 30, 2017

Yes, they do! If you’re looking I don’t think it’s ever a bad idea to put yourself out there and network with as many people as possible. Let’s face it, your skills may get you the job, but a lot of times its who you know that gets you the interview. Of course, this isn’t always the case, but making a connection with anyone is better than not!

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Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on June 28, 2017

Networking, networking, networking.  That's really the focus at any industry event you attend.  People like having a face to go with a name and that is your chance to make that happen.  When you reach back out to the people you meet to see if they have openings, could do information interviews, know of anything you might be a good fit for...etc..you can reference the event.  Hey Janice!  It's me Janine from the Iowa Engineers of the Future conference.  It was great to meet you.  I wanted to follow up about that job at BigAwesomeCompany.  Thanks!

Points of reference?  Check.  A reason for them to return your message?  Check.  You will still have to do the legwork of follow up, but you never know when a connection you make will turn out to be the person who can help you get a foot in the door.

Best of Luck!

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