Hiring the Digital Way: Prep Up for Virtual Job Fairs

Will Virtual Job Fairs Really Aid the Unemployed?

The ongoing pandemic of Covid-19 has affected not only our physical & mental health but has severely taken a hit on the employment status of a majority population.

Job search traditionally required us to step out of our apartments, and commute to a large number of places, however significant advancements in technology have enabled job-seeking professionals to attend job fairs right from the comforts of their couch!

Companies set up booths, filled with all kinds of information such as available job openings & advancement opportunities to the company’s culture, answering all kinds of doubts a job seeker may have; eventually easing their application process. Post application, hiring managers/recruiters sitting behind the virtual booth invite their applicants for online interaction.

However, it’s important to keep in mind that simply attending a job fair online does not guarantee employment, but adopting a strategy for your presentation in the virtual job fair will certainly make you a potential candidate!

Here are 3 strategies that you can help your prepare for your virtual job fair:

1. Preparation & Planning

Preparation & Planning

All of us have given examinations, with either full preparation, half preparation, or no preparation at all; but I’m sure you can recall the amount of confidence you had before stepping in the examination hall fully prepared. Preparation boosts one’s confidence, and confidence plays a significant role in creating your best impression. Get some homework done prior to the job fair, visit the company’s websites, their job openings, and ensure that you’ve targeted your applications towards the area you wish to thrive in.

Also, don’t forget to keep your resumes updated!

2. Clean-Up

Clean-Up

Choose your seating wisely beforehand, whether it’s your couch, office desk or anywhere in your house. Switch on your web camera, and tidy everything visible in the frame. Ensure your wi-fi connection does not weaken at that particular place, and lighting is appropriate and does not make you look like Casper.

Next up, pick clothes, preferably professional ones. As much as a virtual job fair sounds casual to us, it isn’t. Companies have invested their money & time, and they’re searching for professional candidates. Your outfit portrays you as a person, and you must decide on proper clothing.

3. Practice

 Practice

Check all the technology involved during the job fair in advance, right from your camera, microphone, your internet connection, to avoid any audibility, visibility or connection issues. Concisely streamline your thoughts & opinions, so that when you’ve been asked a question about your career goals & aspirations, you don’t “um” for an entire awkward minute. “Tell me about yourself” is a question that you should prepare for because it tells the recruiters a lot about you when you describe yourself in those 30 seconds.

It’s a chain reaction, the virus took a blow on the country’s economy, companies were compelled to lay off an enormous chunk of their workforce, and the rate of unemployment touched cloud nine. Thankfully, we have virtual job fairs to our rescue! However, at the end of the day, it all boils down to you & your preparation for the same.

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