Online Career Fair Tips and Tricks
If you’re thinking about attending an online career fair, here are a few things to keep in mind! You can also read some more tips here:
1. Do your research!
Login before the event, research the participating organizations 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.
2. 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!
3. Arrive with a positive attitude!
4. 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 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!
- Make sure your profile is complete. Your profile information allows the employers to do a quick overview of your experience, interests and careers you might be interested in. Having your profile complete will help save time on the initial conversation.
- Research the organizations that you’ll be speaking with. You can find a full list of participating employers on the event page, and you can browse their booths after you log in.
- Don’t wait for the other person to begin the chat – introduce yourself right away!
- Prepare a 3-5 sentence introduction to copy and paste at the beginning of each chat. Something like: “Thank you for taking the time to speak with me today. I’ve looked at your website and am very interested in your organization. Given my background, (which they will find in your profile) what types or opportunities would you recommend I explore with your organization?”
- Plan a few key questions such as open-ended questions. As a general rule of thumb, “why” questions generate the most interesting answers and conversations.
- Following the live event, be sure to connect with the people you meet on LinkedIn, and keep in touch with your network.
Here are some questions you might want to ask:
- What qualities are you looking for in a new employee/fellow/intern at your company or organizations?
- What opportunities are there for personal and professional development at your company?
- What do you like best about working at this organization?
- Are there positions or opportunities you did not list on your career page that you think I might be a goof fit for?
- How are your current teams structured?
- What is the management style of the leadership team?
- What are some of the things the organization is working on this year that you are particularly excited by?
Here are some things to avoid:
- Don’t ask about salary right out of the gate. See which positions are best fit before thinking about pay.
- Don’t demand a job. Your first question should not be “What jobs do you have for me?”
- Asking “What do you guys do?” You should have done some research on the company beforehand.
- Asking “Do you think I’ll get hire?” Ask about the position and what type of experience is required. Then make your case. Presenting your experience and willingness to learn is the best way to go about getting hired.