Getting ready for any career fair—be it in-person or virtual—takes some advance planning. With the Virtual 2019 Spring Career Fair coming up on March 14, below are some tips to help you get the most out of your virtual career fair experience.
Do Your Research
Review the list of employers attending the online event ahead of time. Know what kinds of positions are available. Explore the company’s websites, social media pages and also do an online search on the company to find any recent news. When it comes time to speak with a recruiter, this will help you have a more deliberate and energized conversation about why you’re a good fit for the job and/or company. Also, keep in mind that employers’ needs are always changing, so be sure to review their job openings up to the day of the event.
Prepare Your Resume
Make any necessary updates to your resume prior to the event. Ensure that your resume highlights your skills and experience that are related to the types of opportunities you’re seeking. As always, proofread for grammar and spelling errors. Two great tools for resume assistance include Vmock and Resume Builder.
Prepare An Introduction
Know how you are going to introduce yourself to potential employers. Your introduction should capture the attention of the employer and include who you are, something interesting about your background or experience, and a comment or question that is specific to the employer or a job posting.
Write out your introduction ahead of time. Have a copy available for you to use on the day of the event. For more information on crafting your introduction, you can refer to this video.
Engage with Recruiters
Similar to an in-person career fair, you’ll want to keep your conversations focused and professional. Avoid emoticons, use of texting acronyms and watch for typos. Be patient when waiting for a response—with questions coming from other job seekers simultaneously, it may take some time for a recruiter to respond to you.
Finally, review any details included in your resume so you are prepared to answer follow-up questions about your background and experience..
After the Event
During the event, be sure to collect the contact information of anyone you talked to online so you can send a note to thank them for their time. When drafting your note, reference something from your interaction as a reminder of who you are. If a recruiter instructed you to take a specific action (apply to a position, reach out to another recruiter, etc.), take the action and inform them that you completed their request.
Virtual career fairs require some advance planning, but you don’t need to overthink it! Just be sure to research, prepare, engage and follow-up to make the most of the event!
Carla Jones, MBA is a career advising specialist and adjunct assistant professor at University of Maryland University College. She has experience working in both for-profit and non-profit environments, having served in a number of different leadership roles. Ms. Jones enjoys utilizing her experiences and expertise to assist individuals with career planning strategies. She holds a MBA degree from Rutgers University and a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology.