Virtual Job Fair Tips

By Kaitlin Hurtado on September 29, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted many to re-evaluate the way we approach things, from virtual classes to remote work. While many companies were forced to take a remote work approach, the pandemic didn’t just affect the day-to-day work of their existing employees, but it also affected the way they recruited and onboarded new hires. If you have been pursuing new job opportunities over the course of the pandemic, you may have already experienced these changes. Interviews are scheduled to be completed remotely, job fairs have gone virtual. These changes may come with their own advantages, but they also come with challenges. You may have had your practiced routine for in-person job fairs, but may find that it doesn’t work as well in a virtual job fair. If that is the case, keep reading for tips on conquering your next virtual job fair.

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Prepare with your own research

As soon as you select which virtual job fair you plan on attending, commit to doing research beforehand. Depending on how large the job fair is, you may not have the time to explore every opportunity available. If the job fair has a list of companies attending the event, research the companies you are interested in to see if it’s an opportunity you want to use the virtual job fair to explore. Doing so beforehand can allow you to prioritize your time during the virtual job fair minimize the chances of you missing out on an opportunity you’re actually interested in.

After doing research you may find that the opportunities offered during the job fair aren’t ones you’re actually interested in. Recognizing this beforehand will save you the time and energy of attending, allowing you to explore other opportunities by selecting a different virtual job fair.

If you’re able to come up with a list of companies you want to explore during the virtual job fair, take it one step further and come up with a list of talking points you would want to touch on during any potential conversation with a recruiter. How would your experience contribute to the growth of the company? What made you interested in the opportunity?

Make yourself and your space camera-ready

Once you are ready to attend your virtual job fair — make sure you and your surroundings are camera-ready for when you find yourself on a video call with a recruiter. You definitely would not come to an in-person job fair dressed in your comfy at-home clothes — come dressed to impress.

“Be sure to set yourself up for success not only with your technology but also with your clothes. Dress for the virtual job fair just like you would if you were going for an in-person interview,” said Toni Frana, a Flex Jobs career coach. “Looking professional and pulled together not only shows potential employers you are up to the task, but it also helps you get in the right frame of mind to talk with employers and exude confidence in the process.”

The same can be said for your surroundings that can be seen by your device’s camera.

You don’t want the recruiter to be distracted by a busy background or the mess you forgot to clean behind you. Try to have a blank wall behind you, making it easy for the recruiter to focus on you and your conversation. If you don’t have an empty space to sit in front of, make an effort to tidy up before logging into the virtual job fair.

Make sure you have everything you need with you before logging on. Have your resume somewhere easily accessible if you need to refer back to it or send one off to a recruiter during the job fair. Check your space for any possible charger you may need, that your camera and mic are working as expecting, and that your internet is running smoothly. Depending on what kind of virtual job fair you are participating in, you may also want to double-check that you have all the necessary software installed to attend.

Send follow-ups 

You’re not going to be the only job applicant a recruiter is going to interact with at the virtual job fair. Try to get a recruiter’s contact information at any point in your conversation to send them a follow-up after the virtual job fair ends.

A quick “Thank You” can go a long way, but you can also use the opportunity to touch on any points you had spoken on during your conversation with the recruiter to offer a refresh on your conversation. The more detailed your follow-up note, the more likely the recruiter will be able to attach a conversation to your note and application.

Virtual job fairs can be a great advantage to you in your search for new career opportunities. You have the opportunity to explore opportunities from the comfort of your own home and have the ability to refer back to notes or take them during your conversations with recruiters. Good luck!

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