Navigating a Virtual Career Fair
Here are five tips to make the most of your virtual career fair experience:
- Do your research!
Login before the event, research the participating companies in advance, prioritize the booths and prepare a quick introduction. Although virtual career fairs are more relaxed than in-person fairs, you still want to make a great first impression.
- Prepare for the fair
Have your resume (or resumes) ready in advance to upload and share with recruiters. Also, check your social media sites before the event. Given the nature of the internet, recruiters can quickly search for your LinkedIn and Facebook profiles while talking to you. Remember privacy settings are your friend!
- Arrive with a positive attitude!
- Maximize, Maximize, Maximize!
Don't forget these are timed conversations! In order to utilize your time allocated with each representative, make sure you have spent enough time researching the companies attending, and are also be prepared to answer questions about why you are interested in working for them. Also, since you'll be typing don't forget abbreviations are for texting, not talking to representatives and recruiters!
Following the live event, keep the conversation going. Make sure to send follow-up and thank you emails after the virtual career fair to make a lasting impression!