Make the most of virtual job fairs

Learn how to make the most of an opportunity to meet lots of employers without leaving home.

Types of virtual job fair

Virtual job fairs give you the chance to hear about employers and jobs they’re recruiting for.

Basic job fairs may only post job vacancies online. Interactive job fairs are online events where you can talk to employers.

Some virtual job fairs replicate ‘traditional’ face-to-face recruitment fairs. They have virtual ‘stalls’ so you can visit employers you’re interested in. They may also have workshops on things like CV writing and interview preparation.


Before a virtual job fair

As with any recruitment fair you should prepare beforehand, so you can make a good impression.

Research employers

Check out which companies and organisations will be there so you can:

  • take a look at their website and do some research on them
  • make a list of the ones you’re interested in visiting on the day
  • plan what you want to find out about them at the fair

Do some research to show employers that you're interested in them. It will help you stand out against other candidates.

Tailor your CV

You should tailor your CV and write a cover letter for the type of role or company you want to meet with. You might be able to apply for some roles there and then.

You may need to upload a personal profile to the job fair website. Give as much detail as you would on an application or a Linkedin profile.

Think about how you will introduce yourself to each employer. Have a short introduction ready to tell them:

  • who you are
  • what you have to offer
  • why you're interested in talking to them

Practise your interview techniques

During a virtual job fair, you may speak to employers in video interviews. You should practise your video interview skills.

Interviews can sometimes feel intimidating. You may want to think about questions employers may ask you. This could help you feel more confident on the day.

Plan some questions to ask employers. Show them you've researched their company.

Example

“I read on your website that you’re committed to reducing environmental waste. Can you tell me more about how the role I’m applying for might help achieve that goal?”

Look professional

You may speak with many different employers and have video interviews with some of them. Make sure you leave a good impression.

Employers will expect you to present yourself professionally. Wear something smart and look well groomed. They will be looking at you as someone who might go on to represent their company.

Check your technology and environment

Before you join an online recruitment fair, make sure that:

  • your internet is working
  • you have charged your battery
  • your microphone and webcam are working
  • your browser works with the virtual fair platform

It's also worth thinking about your environment. Sitting at a desk or a table will make you feel more business-like. If your room is likely to appear on camera, make sure it looks tidy. Sitting in front of a plain wall in good light can help.


During a virtual job fair

Spend a few minutes getting used to the layout of the fair online and how you'll make your way around. Check out any other services that might be on offer like:

  • CV checking
  • careers advice
  • recruitment workshops

During the fair, make sure you:

  • are polite and formal when approaching employers
  • use your prepared introduction to get you started
  • check your spelling and grammar if you're typing messages

You'll meet with a lot of different people, so take notes as you go through. This will help if you want to get in touch with any of them after the fair.


After a virtual job fair

Whether you've found your dream job, a few leads or even if there was nothing right for you on the day, you can still learn from the experience.

It can be useful to reflect and think about:

  • whether you're looking in the right place
  • any skills you might need to develop or improve on
  • anything you might want to change with how you present yourself to employers

Applying for roles

If you've found a potential role and have been encouraged to apply, you should follow up with the employer and:

  • thank them for their time
  • tell them what impressed you about the organisation and why the role stood out to you
  • ask them any questions you did not get chance to raise during the fair

It will let them know you're interested and help them remember you when you apply.

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