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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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