South African National Job Fair                             

The SA National Job Fair 2011©
Availing Employment to the People
03rd - 04th June 2011

09.00 - 17.30

"Our goal is clear, we want to have a country where millions more South Africans have decent employment opportunities, which has a modern infrastructure and a vibrant economy, and where the quality of life is high.” 

 SA President Jacob Zuma – 2011 The Year Of Job Creation

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Unemployment Solution

According to Statistics SA - in the fourth quarter of 2010 there were 13,1 million employed South Africans. In the same period, the number of South Africans who were unemployed remained high at 4,1 million persons. The unemployment rate was high for Black Africans at 28,1% followed by the Coloured population group at 21,3%. Indian and White population groups had the lowest unemployment rates at 7,9% and 5,5% respectively.

This is where the SA National Job Fair plays an integral part.  The SA National Job fair is a new concept and 2011 will be the first year it takes place in South Africa. Internationally such fairs have proven to be a great success and massive aid to unemployment.
The SA National Job Fair is an event where a large number of recruiters and potential employers will gather for the purpose of providing information about available positions and their companies in general.

The Job Fair will be an employment facilitation strategy aimed to fast-track the meeting of jobseekers and employers and/or recruitment agencies in one venue at a specific date to reduce cost, time and effort particularly on the part of the applicants.

The Job Fair will be open to all unemployed, skilled and unskilled workers, fresh college graduates, graduates of training institutions, post maternity women looking to go back to work and employees seeking advancement. During the Job Fair, applicants will learn more about vacancies suited to their qualifications. Employers will interview and hire on the spot qualified workers.

The Job Fair is a national job availing initiative that will begin in Gauteng. The Fair will then take place in the other 8 Provinces in South Africa. The venue cities will be Port Elizabeth, Bloemfontein, Durban, Polokwane, Nelspruit, Rustenburg, Kimberley and Cape Town.

Key Benefits of the Job Fair

1. South Africa’s largest national job fair.
2. Subsidized entry/registration.
3. Creating a proven track record of connecting with our target markets and delivering results.
4. Hundreds of leading corporate, Government and education exhibitors.
5. Independent careers advice and guidance provided on site.
6. Integrated marketing campaign.

Integrated Marketing Campaign

The Job Fair will be marketed to the wider public via a comprehensive mix of media, PR and direct relationships. Promotional marketing programs tailored to suit the presentation of the event in each region, including:

·        Radio.
·        Television.
·        Newspapers – national and regional.
·        Pre-printed leaflets.
·        Outdoor advertising.
·        A comprehensive PR Campaign.
·        Website promotion.

Marketing campaigns will be directed towards to the general public, with emphasis on the unemployed.

For more information on the benefits and marketing of the Fair, please contact  Samuel B. Fry on 082 627 5756.

Goals for Attending the Fair

Why should one attend a job fair? There is a number of goals for attending a career fair, depending on where you are in the job-search cycle:

·        Identify and research prospective employers

·        Map out fair strategy

·        Have a clear career focus

·        Prepare resume(s)

·        Polish career portfolio

·        Rehearse elevator speech

·        Practice typical interview question responses

·        Develop list of questions to ask recruiters

·        Decide on proper interview attire

·        Networking: One of the key benefits of attending a career fair is meeting new people -- recruiters, other job-seekers, career professionals -- to add to your network of contacts.

·        Jobs Locally: Most job fairs are designed to gather candidates for positions within the geographic region of the fair, so employers are searching for qualified local job-seekers.

·        Jobs Long-Distance: Even if you are thinking of relocating, it makes sense to meet with recruiters of national firms who can pass your contact information on to recruiters in other parts of the country.

·        Internships: For college students, of course, this goal is the most common for attending a career fair -- to establish contacts to obtain an internship for an upcoming semester or summer.

·        Gain Experience: Even if you are not currently in the job market, there is nothing like gaining valuable experience in mastering the art of working job fairs -- especially if you are typically shy. The more experience, the more confident for when it really matters.

·        Apply for Vacancies

Job Fair Audiences

The Job Fair targets the following groups within the South African jobs market:
Who are they?
Wide selections of adult candidates involved in all sectors visit The National Job Fair with the hope of meeting their future employers and meet their staffing needs.
  • Candidates - under-employed or unemployed - with professional qualifications looking for a job
  • Candidates with valuable experience and technical skills
  • New graduates from colleges and universities
  • Candidates looking for a second career
  • Candidates in career transition
  • Candidates looking to return to work
  • Candidates looking for mobility (other cities in and provinces)
  • Candidates looking continuing-education
  • Internationally trained candidates
  • Candidates attracted to self-employment and entrepreneurship
  • Candidates interested to go back to school
  • South African citizens
  • New South Africans, landed immigrants and newcomers.
  • Visible minority workers
  • Bilingual candidates
  • University students
  • College students
The event is open to adult candidates and especially to those who are:
  • Interested in employment and career trends in a variety of sectors
  • Interested in learning more about job-search techniques
  • Interested in self-employment, in starting a small business
  • Interested in finding work: full-time, part-time, contract, temporary.
  • Interested in a job change (in the same sector)
  • Interested in a career change to evolve into a new or second career (in another sector)
  • Interested in meeting specialists in career development, employment services and support services
  • Interested in getting information on the labour market
  • Interested in improving their skills (continuing-training)
  • Interested in relocating within South Africa
  • Interested in conducting internships, paid or unpaid
  • Interested in volunteering in South Africa
  • Interested to learn a second or third language
  • Interested in getting career information, advice and support