Virtual career fairs are becoming more common and popular. The employers save time and money of attending a traditional career fair. Attendees can explore employment opportunities in a more relaxed way without the anxiety of a face-to-face interview. To get the best out of the experience, here are some tips to make your virtual career fair attendance a success.
Get your house in order: A promising conversation with a recruiter can quickly lead to a Skype conversation with a web camera. Step behind your computer and look at your space from the vantage point of your camera. Make sure your room is clean and professional. Pay attention to and eliminate any distracting background noise.
Research the employers: As in an actual career fair, it’s very important that you research employers and their job postings. You need to know what the employer does. What are their major accomplishments? What jobs do they list as being open? How do you think you can help them?
Dress for success: While virtual career fairs may seem less formal and more relaxed than traditional career fairs or in-person interviews, do not make assumptions. They are not. If you dress as if you’re in a live interview, it will help keep you in the job hunting mindset.
Have your paperwork ready: Have your résumé ready and easily accessible on your computer so you can discuss it with recruiters.
Prepare responses to interview questions: Your goal with a virtual career fair is to chat one-on-one with recruiters as a screening interview. Prepare short accomplishment stories and responses to typical screening interview questions. Keep responses concise.
Pre-write some questions: Because the event is a text chat, save yourself some time and type out your questions in advance. You can easily cut and paste during your chat to reduce typing.
Take your online conversations or “virtual chats” seriously: If you want to be taken seriously by recruiters, avoid using abbreviations, slang or emoticons during your interview. Write in full sentences and watch your spelling.
Send a thank-you note/ email: If the recruiter provides you with an email address, follow up and thank them for taking the time to speak with you. Even if a position you would like is not available, it will impress them, keep your name and résumé at the top of their mind.
Careereco will host several upcoming career fairs you may be interested in attending:
Engineering & Science Career Network Online Career Fair, Wednesday, October 2, 2019
ASU Stem Virtual Career Fair, Friday, October 4, 2019
Veterans Virtual Career Fair, Wednesday, October 9, 2019
Hire Heroes USA Veterans Virtual Career Fair, Thursday, October 24, 2019
Betty Boza is a career development specialist for the Fulton Schools Career Center. Her primary responsibility is assisting online, graduate and doctoral students with all aspects of career development including résumé preparation, professional network expansion, effective job search strategies and mock interviews.