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The digital age is constantly changing the way we approach our interpersonal relationships. Socially, the impacts are endless, and technology is now making it easier for professionals to communicate from anywhere and at anytime.

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How to get the most out of a Virtual Job Fair

Mar 1, 2016

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The digital age is constantly changing the way we approach our interpersonal relationships. Socially, the impacts are endless, and technology is now making it easier for professionals to communicate from anywhere and at anytime.

The hiring world is no exception — virtual job fairs are becoming common practice among employers and job seekers worldwide. In many ways, virtual job fairs offer advantages compared to traditional in-person events. They allow job seekers more time to prepare and get a “lay of the land.” In many cases, virtual job fairs allow candidates to post resumes in advance, providing employers the opportunity to review qualifications before the event even begins.

And the same goes for job seekers. When preparing for a virtual job fair, you can browse the companies before submitting your resume. You can also review what employers are looking for in terms of skills and open positions. This gives you a great chance to tailor your resume to meet their needs!

As a job seeker, virtual job fairs can give you more flexibility and control over how you project yourself. But, they also can create some potential new problems you may want to consider: 

  • The current digital age somewhat eases the need for conversation, but it also facilitates potential employers’ access to your social media presence. Make sure your Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram photos are professional and/or hidden — don’t give employers a reason to question your out-of-office behavior.

  • While virtual chats may not seem as formal as face-to-face conversations, continue to treat them as professional exchanges. Don’t be too informal — avoid using abbreviations, emoticons, and slang during online chats with potential employers.

  • While you may not need the full “suit-and-tie” attire, that doesn’t mean it’s acceptable to wear your pajamas to the virtual job fair. A recruiter or hiring manager may request to talk with you via webcam — be prepared by ensuring that you project a professional image. Virtually “attend” the job fair from a clean, quiet space. Avoid participating from a messy bedroom or noisy café, for example.  

  • Although virtual job fairs may seem “non-traditional,” continue to follow traditional hiring process. This means sending a thank-you note to potential employers within 24 to 48 hours after each exchange. Personalize the note by mentioning specific details of the conversations you had with them

Virtual job fairs are reinventing the way companies are hiring in today’s world of constant connectivity! Prepare yourself by understanding the digital opportunities that exist, but don’t overlook the value of the “old-fashioned” face-to-face conversation. For more information on Social Security’s upcoming virtual job fair, email vjf@choosework.net