How to Prepare for Virtual Career Fairs in the Fall

By: Annabella Feeny


While the fall recruiting season is almost upon us, this year will be a little different than

what we have been used to in the past. Many companies have decided to recruit virtually through online career fairs. Although this can present many challenges and adjustments, it also presents many opportunities for candidates to uniquely present themselves to employees using online tools.


Research Employers

Before the fair, it is important to identify and research the employers that you are interested in. Review their websites and open positions to see what skills and values they are looking for in candidates or any expectations they have. Platforms like Glassdoor and Indeed can also be helpful in learning more about company salaries, reviews, work culture, and philosophies.


Dress to Impress

Although going virtual may mean that you may not have to see the employer if it is a live

chat, it is essential to still adhere to a professional dress code. This includes attire such as collared shirts, ties, blazers, skirts, trousers, and dresses. There is a chance that some

employers may want video chat with you after examining your resume, therefore its important that you look your best!


Engage with Employers

Speak up during live chats with employers. It is so important to distinguish yourself in a

pool of similar candidates. Prepare an “about you pitch” that highlights all your talking

points such as your educational background, current position, or any experience that

highlights your skill set.


After the Career Fair

After a few days, remember to send a thank you email to employers. In this email, you

should thank them for meeting with you and express how much you enjoyed talking with them. You can also include an attachment of your resume and any other relevant

materials.

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