By Beverly Johnson, Career and Industry Specialist, Career and Professional Development Services, ASU
Virtual career fairs are becoming more popular as employers and job seekers alike recognize their value. For employers, these events make it possible to reach more candidates from a more geographically diverse population, all while spending less time and money on travel. Similarly, job seekers can spend their time speaking with the employers they are most interested in without waiting in line at a booth. What’s more, virtual fairs may be easier to attend than live fairs, especially for busy job seekers that are already employed or are still taking classes. Imagine speaking with a prospective employer on your lunch break or between classes with no worries about time needed to travel, park, and find the right booth.
If you’ve never heard of or considered this kind of event, read our tips below to help you prepare!
- Make sure your resume is updated and available in PDF format. The ASU Career and Professional Development Services (CPDS) staff are available to assist with resume reviews. Schedule a review session in Handshake, or use the resume dropbox (keep in mind that resume dropbox may take up to 5 business days).
- Register in advance; then review the list of companies attending the virtual fair. Pick your top 3-5 organizations and research them prior to attending. Make a list of questions you would like to ask, and be prepared to tell them why you’re interested and what qualifications you have to offer.
- Plan for a quiet space, and test your technology. Know what program is needed to participate and make sure you’re able to login prior to the actual event.
- Make a positive first impression. The Powerful Introductions handout from CPDS will help you perfect your intro.
- Be ready for a video interview. This means dressing appropriately and looking clean and well-groomed, just as you would for an in-person interview. CPDS offers a service called InterviewStream which gives you the opportunity to practice before you go live in a virtual interview.
- Collect and organize your information as you participate. Take notes and be sure to capture contact info so you can send thank you messages after your conversations.
If you’re feeling ready to participate in a virtual event, keep an eye on Handshake for upcoming fairs. To learn more about career fair prep (for both virtual and live events) feel free to make an appointment with a member of the CPDS staff. Appointments are available in-person at every ASU campus or via Zoom or phone.