18 Virtual Job Fair Hacks From a Career Expert

No matter what stage in your career you are at, job fairs can help you get hired faster and move forward on your career path. Attending a virtual job fair can make the process even easier.

You can meet recruiters, share your resume with a large number of employers that are looking to hire, network, and improve your communication skills – without even leaving your house.

More convenient More discreet You don't have to drive anywhere You are no longer limited to attending only those job fairs that are nearby

How Are Virtual Job Fairs Different?

Discover new career paths

Meet employers directly

Develop networking and communication skills

Learn about different companies

Determine what skills and qualifications you should emphasize

Why Should you Attend a Job Fair?

If you want to stand out from the other candidates and leave a strong impression, follow these expert tips to prepare yourself before attending the fair.

How to Prepare for a Virtual Job Fair

It gives you the chance to set up your profile and upload your resume for employers to look at beforehand. It's also helpful to become familiar with the platform or software before the event.

Register for the Job Fair

Make a list of the top employers you must meet and a secondary list of those that would be nice to meet (if time permits). You can also plan your schedule ahead of time by registering.

Strategize & Prioritize

Figure out what you hope to achieve by participating. You should be optimistic, but make sure your expectations and goals are realistic.

Clarify Your Goals

Find out more about their history, mission, vision, products and services, customers or client base, current projects and initiatives, industry trends, and other relevant information.

Research the Companies That Are Attending

From your research, come up with a few focused questions to ask that will help you learn more about the company and its employment opportunities.

Prepare Your Questions

Do a quick online search of your name and assess the results.  If anything questionable comes up on your social media profiles, delete it or at least make the settings private.

Polish Your Online Presence

Having an up-to-date resume is a must. Before the fair, update your resume so that it focuses on the role you’re most interested in. If you do your research, you’ll have some sense of what the company needs.

Update & Review Your Resume

Your elevator pitch is a 30-second introduction to employers that articulates your  strengths, skills, career goals, and relevant experience and education. 

Practice Your Elevator Pitch

Job fairs are essentially job interviews, so you will want to spend some time practicing answering common interview questions.

Prepare To Answer Common Interview Questions

Make sure you are set up for a video interview ahead of time. Download the software, set up a quiet space, test your technology, and practice how you appear on screen.

Set Yourself Up for a Video Interview

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