Since right now I am unemployed and looking for a job, I have been to two job fairs conducted in New York City (near where I live) and boy that was a great experience. The last time I went to a job fair was in the early nineties when it was just fine and dandy (and easy to find a job). But now people are desperate to find any job which puts food on the table and pays the bills.
For those of you who have never been to a job fair. Be prepared to come at least an hour early if you want a decent spot in the long line in the hot weather (if you are wearing your suit and tie for men and for business attire for women). Even if you see the stated time, don’t think that it will start right away since you won’t be the first one to enter and not the last one either. My first fair was jobs advertised were most sales and marketing, now if people are looking for a job or are out of work how are you going to do your sales.
I have noticed one thing that even if the fair advertisement says business attire (meaning what I wrote above) some people come dressed casually to the fair. May be they have low expectations about their prospects or maybe they have been to so many that they have been desensitized about the whole process.