Virtual career fairs are necessity today but won’t be going away anytime soon. Why? They’re simply more effective, efficient and ultimately a better way to create meaningful connections between students and employers.
Virtual career fairs allow employers to quickly and easily connect with more right-fit candidates around the world right from their computer or cell phone without completely disrupting their workday or week. This digital hiring solution also makes it easier for job-seeking attendees to visit more booths, ask more questions, learn about multiple new opportunities, and expand their network all while in the comfort of their own home.
Here are six tips for job seekers to get the most out of their next virtual career fair.
1. Do your research
Find out what companies will be attending and learn their mission, company culture, and open opportunities. Then, prepare a few questions to ask when you visit their booth. Letting employers know that you’ve done research shows them how interested you are and it can set you apart from other candidates.
2. Follow employers of interest
Whether it’s on social media or within your career development portal like GradLeaders, favorite/follow the companies you want to work for so you can stay on top of the latest news with the company. Send recruiters and alumni working at the company a message introducing yourself and let them know you look forward to speaking with them at the career fair. This will spark their interest and encourage them to look out for you during the event.
3. Update your resume and write a cover letter
Send your revised resume and cover letter to the companies you’re interested in before the event. Make sure your resume has your most recent experiences and skills listed that relate to the positions you’re applying for.
4. Create a profile
Upload a professional photo on your career fair platform and fully complete your jobseeker profile with a bio, updated resume and cover letter. Employers will visit your profile and develop a first impression before they even speak with you, so it’s important your documents are updated and your profile looks professional.
5. Develop a game plan
Determine the top few companies you’d like to speak with and schedule your time accordingly to ensure you’re able to engage with all of them. Practice with virtual mock interviews through your career center to gain confidence when speaking with employers. Also, familiarize yourself with the career fair platform and test your technology in advance so you’re ahead of the game.
6. Be Professional
Dress as you would for an in-person career fair with business casual attire. Have a clean background to limit distractions when you’re on video calls, pay close attention to your body language, and have an elevator speech prepared ahead of time.
Need help? Contact your career center today.