This is something we didn’t foresee, virtual Career Fairs. Well, they are not really too new, but newish nonetheless. Especially during this time when in-person career fairs are not really possible. Virtual fairs aren’t your average fairs and you should take special steps to ensure that you nail your first online career fair. These can be active virtual environments complete with chat rooms and video conferencing, so make sure you know how to Zoom!
Just like any other career fair, we suggest updating your resume the best you can. We have tons of articles on resume updating, but to keep it simple, update references, work gaps, and skills. This should be good enough to help you get your foot in the door.
You will be given a list of the companies that will be attending, do your research, and make sure that you are fully versed in the companies that interest you. If you need some help doing research, Glassdoor provides some insights that the company websites won’t be able to, everything from salaries to employee reviews.
Maybe skip the pajamas today, suit and tie are best, pants are optional, assuming they won’t ask you to stand up. Always be ready because you won’t know when a potential employer might ask for an impromptu video interview. We also suggest cleaning up your house, or anything that they will see through the monitor, maybe place your laptop in the most “professional” place that you can.
Just like an in-person career fair, your elevator pitch should be ready and polished. You could be asked to give during a video conference or even in a chat, so make sure it’s short, sweet, and has no spelling errors. If you are unsure what an elevator speech is, it’s a short speech that outlines who you are, what you do, and why you want to work for the company. These are usually 30 seconds to a minute, just like an elevator ride.
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