Standout | Virtual Career | 31st October 2021 | Virtual Wire
With the job market getting competitive, many companies set up career fairs for online and virtual interviews.
The process of preparing for such an event can be intimidating, but it is still possible to stand out among the crowd. Preparing a job pitch when you lack experience can be challenging. There are ways to help candidates can shine from other candidates by asking insightful questions about the company's mission and values and showcasing past examples of stellar work.
What Is A Virtual Career Fair?
A virtual career fair (VCF) is a recruitment event that takes place digitally. It is usually organized by recruiters, HR managers, and companies trying to find new employees or recruit candidates.
Virtual career fairs became popular in the last decade, especially after the recent recession in 2020. VCFs are popular with employers because they can reach out to a broader range of candidates simply using social media.
During the open hours of the VCF, candidates can stop by virtual booths to speak with companies and leave a resume. At times, there may even be interviews done via Zoom or Skype. It's not just about finding your dream job either - you can also use this opportunity to secure future interviews with these companies.
If candidates miss the VCF, they often can speak with recruiters after hours or are emailed job descriptions. Interested job seekers can then visit the company’s website and apply online or click on the company profile to find out more about it.
What Are The Benefits Of Switching Up Your Job Search Strategy in Today's Job Market?
Because in April of 2020, we had 23,109,000 Americans without a job, and unemployment remains high, job seekers face increased competition for desirable openings. Since so many people are looking for employment, your usual job search strategy may not be enough. How frustrating would it be to stand in line for hours at a job fair and barely get time to speak with potential employers?
Rather than feeling as if your time has been wasted at in-person job fairs, try signing up for a virtual career fair. Most VCF’s require participants to RSVP. Once you RSVP, employers have access to your contact information. I had had employers reach out to me before or after a VCF with the information I provided at registration. If you cannot make the VCF, often interested employers will email you to discuss available openings.
How To Prepare For A Virtual Career Fair In 5 Simple Steps
Being prepared for a job interview can make the difference between landing a job or leaving without one. Here are some preparation tips to help you ace your next interview.
The first step in preparing for a career fair is understanding your target company and its culture. This means understanding what the company does and how you will fit into that role. Once you know what to expect, you can start scheduling interviews with different company departments and begin to prepare your pitch.
Essential things in the job search are networking, having a good resume, and having in-demand skills. To prepare yourself for a virtual career fair, you should be able to showcase your best traits. Bring multiple copies of your resume and CV directed to a target industry rather than a specific company.
Be clear and concise. Make sure your skills section is easy for the hiring manager to access. Make sure it speaks for itself without sounding like an advertisement. Avoid using buzzwords or jargon that might not be easily understandable by the hiring manager.
Always practice describing your strengths and weaknesses before an interview. You should always have a list of your strengths, skills, abilities, and talents ready to go before starting the conversation.
Prepare answers to common questions that you are likely to be asked in an interview - that way, you have them at the ready during the conversation itself. Example questions are how long you have been working in this industry? What is your prior experience? What are your career aspirations? Etc.
Remember to maintain eye contact with the interviewer - it will help you seem more confident, trustworthy, and honest about what you have to say. We know that it is not easy to impress hiring managers when you get only one chance. The most memorable candidates are the ones who come prepared.
If You Don't Have The Right Skills And Experience - What Are Your Options?
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If you lack experience in a field, it can be hard to find work. But there are options for those who don't fit the bill. They include volunteering, doing internships, or shadowing someone who has more experience in the field. Volunteering is an excellent option if you have the time and interest to help in your community. Seek out businesses in your community that you feel could use your skills. This can often lead to finding jobs that you otherwise wouldn't have seen, but it might take time for this process to happen. Offer to help fill in roles they may need in exchange for a review.
For example, I am a relatively new copywriter, so my portfolio is not very broad yet. Since I am thin on samples, I sometimes offer to write on companies' blogs or submit articles to places like The Mighty who accept articles from the public. Another option is creating a blog or portfolio of your own. Since I am a writer, I also self-publish articles. This takes care of me having clean published links to provide to employers. It also shows that I have been writing for some time.
Virtual career fairs are a great way to network with potential employers. Social media allows employers to cast a broader net to find potential employees. However, it can be challenging to stand out in the crowd of prospective employees. When you sign up for a VCF, remember to showcase what makes you as an individual memorable. Do not be afraid if you have no experience. Candidates can get valuable reviews and job experience by volunteering businesses in their target industry. Although more people than ever are looking for work, signing up for a VCF can be a great way to find a job. Just remember to RSVP!