This morning, after my French lesson, I popped over to the Moovijob job fair in Luxembourg, which my fabulous French friend helped organise. I thought I’d just go over, spend a few minutes, have a quick coffee, and head home. Not the case! This job fair was absolutely massive – with scores of stands and a crazy amount of people. This job fair meant business.
As soon as I entered, a very welcoming woman took my email address to register me, and I walked up to a desk and grabbed a plan of the entire fair. Queues were forming everywhere, particularly in front of some big companies like ING and Ferrero. Everyone was dressed up to the nines, carrying flyers and free tote bags. I walked around (it took quite a while!) and was very impressed by the booths and the companies involved. There were some very large companies/entities, such as IKEA, TATA, Ferrero, the University of Luxembourg, Alter Domus… Many job vacancies available tended to be in the financial services/funds field (typical for Luxembourg), but there was a wealth of options for a lot of different people looking for different things. My aim at the job fair was mostly to take a look, but I spoke to a few people at booths and they were incredibly friendly and approachable – and, would you believe it, the first person I spoke to was Maltese! It’s a super-tiny world.
Job fairs (on this scale!) seem like the easiest way for an employable (or soon-to-be employable) person to meet as many companies as possible and get as much information as possible about how companies work, what they might offer, and to get their CVs out there. And don’t be silly, like I was: take multiple copies of your CV along with you! ;)