The shift to virtual hiring has made headlines everywhere, and recent grads and those who experienced major layoffs during the pandemic will experience a new type of hiring. From entirely virtual interviews to remote training, changing or beginning a career may never be the same. It's important to realize the differences between an in-person job fair and a virtual one. You’ll be attending an online experience with organized chat rooms, virtual booths, and on-the-spot interviews.
Start preparing before the fair to use your time efficiently during the event and make a great first impression. Your preparation should include:
Be bold with your asks when talking to company representatives and have your follow-ups ready. During the online career fair consider this:
You nailed your pitch, you were groomed to perfection, and you got solid leads with your questions about the next steps. Although most of the legwork is done, there’s still an important final step to complete after the virtual job fair. Following up with the recruiters you met is one of the best job-seeking tools. Re-introduce yourself, and try and remember a personalized connection that you talked about. Send an email with the template below and watch the offers come flooding in.
Hi [recruiter name],
I’m [name] and I’m a [major/profession] with an interest in [interest]. I have gained experience in [experience] while [job/interneship/project]. I’m very interested in bringing my [specific skills] to [company]. Could you please tell me more about [specific opportunity]?
Looking forward to speaking soon!