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Virtual job fairs have many advantages for job seekers

This is how to participate in a virtual job fair.
This is how to participate in a virtual job fair.
Dan Vale

Virtual job fairs are similar to traditional job fairs, but there are differences. For example:

  1. No matter what geographical areas the jobs are located in, travel is not required to to interview for them, and thus, there are no travel costs.
  2. There are no long applicant lines to intimidate job seekers.
  3. Timelines of virtual job fairs are as long as a week instead of one or two days as with traditional job fairs.
  4. Participation is possible 24/7.
  5. No time off from work is required.
  6. Participants have the ability to view archived webinars that have already occurred.

In a virtual job fair:

  1. Employers and job seekers connect in a virtual environment.
  2. Employers and job seekers use chat rooms, teleconferencing, webcasts and/or email to exchange information about job openings.
  3. Jobseekers can upload resumes and be matched with employers.

Consider the geographical areas in which virtual job fair positions are located. Employers at virtual job fairs might target employees in certain geographical areas, but they also might have work from home jobs for applicants from any geographical areas. Also, some applicants might be interested in relocating to the geographical areas where the jobs are located. Finally, big company employers that participate in virtual job fairs usually have jobs open in multiple geographical areas.

Virtual job fairs are often hosted by the same groups that sponsor a non-virtual job fairs. Examples are colleges, trade associations, and state employment agencies.

Job fairs are free of charge to job seekers, and any charges are usually an indication that the job fair is a scam. Although free of charge, job seekers must register and give their email addresses. This usually results in job seekers receiving advertising emails from many vendors whose services are related to job searches.

Virtual job fairs often offer job seekers resources such as:

  1. Resume tips.
  2. Career quizzes.
  3. Videos about maximizing interview effectiveness.
  4. Information about participating companies.

Such resources might be offered during scheduled chat times, webinars, or online presentations. This and other information also might be offered in such a way that job seekers can access it when they want to access it and at their own pace.

Examine an example of a virtual job fair schedule, and look for other such examples on internet search engines.

Have any of you ever participated in a virtual job fair? If so, please comment below on your experience.