It is good to be back in the Chinese capital. For the first time in 37 years of visiting China, I attended a job fair here last week: a job fair for what the Chinese call "Waiguo Zhuanjia" -- "foreign experts."
If employers are no longer interviewing, or hiring at the traditional career fairs, what is really being accomplished? Truth is, not much at all outside of a branding opportunity, and at best a resume handoff.
Today's career fairs seem anything but "fair" to me. Approach those companies that don't appear to be looking. Another secret if you're unemployed is to offer yourself to employers on a "per-project" or "temp" basis.