Virtual Career Fairs
No matter where you are in your career, virtual career fairs are a great way to connect with organizations and employers about jobs open right now and education opportunities for veterans without leaving your home or office. Much like a traditional job fair, you will need to register and submit a resume in order to enter the online event. These virtual career fairs are free for those who have served in the U.S. military and their spouses to attend.
How do virtual career fairs work?
Virtual career fairs, also referred to as online job fairs, are scheduled online “events” that take place at a certain time and allow employers and job seekers to meet virtually through webcasts, chat rooms, teleconferencing, and/or webinars to connect about job opportunities. Job seekers can browse company profiles and open positions prior to attending the virtual career fairs and submit their resumes to companies they are interested in interviewing with. There is often fast turnaround time from interview to hire during virtual career fairs and they offer many benefits to both job seekers and employers alike.
Are virtual career fairs worth it?
Thanks to technology, online career fairs have become more popular than ever, and there are many benefits to attending a virtual career fair for both job seekers and employers.
Virtual Career Fairs Save Time
Virtual career fairs allow both job seekers and employers to save time. Job seekers will be able to see the companies that will be attending and the jobs that they are hiring for, allowing them to decide which companies they want to speak with during the virtual career fair. Most employers will have designated times that they will be holding chat rooms, so you can plan your time accordingly. Employers are also given the benefit of being able to view resumes of attendees before the event, allowing them to screen resumes before the event and save time.
Online Career Fairs Save Money
Job seekers will not need to worry about the cost of travel, or spend money on professional interview attire when attending a virtual career fair. Online career fairs are also free for those who have served in the U.S. military and their spouses to attend. Virtual career fairs are especially attractive to employers looking to save money, as they will not incur any expenses for their HR team to travel to the career fair and pay for any booth set-up fees.
Veterans Virtual Career Fairs
For veterans, virtual career fairs are a great way to connect with companies who are specifically seeking to hire veterans. Veterans can review employer profiles and job postings before attending and research companies that they are interested in applying. For employers, virtual career fairs offer the opportunity to showcase why their company is a desirable employer for veterans. Companies are able to build their profile and post positions for veteran candidates to review and submit their resumes before the virtual career fair, allowing hiring managers to review resumes and set up private chat sessions with qualified candidates.
How do I stand out at a virtual career fair?
Before attending a virtual career fair, you should review the companies that are attending and the positions that they are hiring for. That way you can have a strategy prepared of which companies you are most interested in and want to speak to and what times they will be holding chat rooms. Decide which posted positions would be the best fit your background and experience and submit applications to employers’ posted positions before the fair. During the fair, it is a good idea to prepare well-thought-out and specific questions before joining the employers chat room, as well as your personal elevator pitch that you can send if you are invited to a private chat with an employer. Always try to secure an interview with an employer during or after the online career fair.