Attending a virtual career fair could give you an edge in landing that next job. Employers who attend the fair want to hire —and they’ll host virtual sessions to find the people they want to interview. Here are a few go-to tips for putting your best foot forward—before, during and after a virtual job fair.
- Update your profile. The first step is to make sure your profile on your resume is complete and up-to-date. Employers may use profile fields to screen potential employees. Don’t let an incomplete or out-of-date profile keep you from being considered.
- Check that the basics are accurate: education, work history and prepare a separate list of your potential references.
- Review the job types, locations and roles that interest you and that you consider to be a good fit for you.
- Add any other relevant details.
- Review which employers are attending. View the virtual fair details page to see the complete list of employers who are attending the hiring fair. Learn more about them and determine which ones would be the best fit for you.
- Research the employers. Research beyond just the name of the organization, check out the company website and search online for recent news articles and other relevant information. This will help you think of questions to ask if you move ahead to an interview.
- Prepare a few talking points. The employers that you meet with want to learn more about you! So think of a professional “elevator pitch” to briefly present your skills and accomplishments, your work history and career goals. Practice with a friend or family member, so you’re ready when it’s time to introduce yourself.
ATTENDING THE JOB FAIR
- Dress professionally. Even though you won’t be meeting employers in person, an excellent FIRST impression is the only one you get. Wearing business-like clothes will help boost your confidence!
- Find a quiet spot with a neutral background. Limit potential distractions for yourself and the employer. Plan where you will be sitting ahead of time—make sure it’s quiet, and there is a plain background behind you. Keep the employer’s eye focused on you.
- Test your equipment. At least 15 minutes before the interview test your equipment to make sure everything is working correctly. This will give you a few minutes to troubleshoot any potential technical issues that may arise.
DURING A VIRTUAL INTERVIEW
- Arrive on time. It’s very important to show up at your selected interview start time! Being on time shows that you’re dependable and respectful of their time as well.
- Maintain eye contact and practice active listening. Consider smiling and occasionally nodding as you would during an in-person conversation. Limit any distractions around you so that you’re not tempted to look away from your computer screen.
- Ask questions. Bring a list of prepared questions for each session. Having several questions ready will help you if one or more of the questions are answered early by the employer. Have a pen and paper with you to jot down new questions that you think of during the conversation.
THE DAY AFTER THE JOB FAIR
- View and apply to jobs that interest you. Keep the momentum going from your meetings with employers. Check out their page to see current job openings. If you’re not ready to apply yet, save the jobs you like, you’ll get notifications to apply before the deadlines.
Job Skills has employers ready to hire and is hosting a ‘March Madness Spring Hiring’ virtual event throughout the month, with many full-time and part-time positions available.
Job Skills has been assisting job seekers for more than 30 years and has programs and resources that can help you develop your career goals and look for work. Go to the Events link on the website, click on the ‘March Madness Spring Hiring’ event and register to get more details. Don’t forget to check out the complete list of online workshops on the March calendar to help you get ready to apply for your next job!