Brush up on best practices for virtual career fairs and events with employers

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Post-Graduate Planning and Experiential Education is hosting two virtual career fairs during September. While the fairs are still a month away, we want to share helpful best practices for making a positive impression in a virtual environment:

  • Save the fairs as ‘“favorites” in Handshake. This will allow you to stay up-to-date on important information about the fairs and register as soon as student registration opens Aug. 16. 
  • Sign up to meet with individual employers. Once you register for the fair, don’t forget to sign up for one-on-one and group chats with attending employers. 
  • Conduct research on participating employers and organizations. This will help you learn more about the companies,  identify talking points, and prepare questions you might want to ask.
  • Prepare your resume. Schedule an appointment with a career and internship consultant to have your resume reviewed. 
  • Practice your pitch. A virtual event can be a bit intimidating. Practice, practice, practice! How will you introduce yourself? Why are you interested in the company? How will you explain your previous experiences? 
  • Make sure your technology is running and ready to go. Do a dry run to test your internet connection, video camera and audio. Taking these precautions will help ensure you have the best experience possible.
  • Schedule a mock interview.  Attend a mock virtual interview to get a feel for a virtual career fair experience. Practice answering interview questions. If you can not attend a mock interview, practice using the Big Interview resource which can be found on the My Career portal
  • Wear a professional outfit. Though the event is virtual it is best to wear a business casual outfit if your event includes video chat. 
  • Free yourself from distractions. It is best to find a quiet place while you participate in the event. Turn off your television and cell phone while you are interacting with employers. This allows you to focus and ensures that the recruiters can hear you.
  • Body language. Speak clearly and maintain good posture during video chats. This conveys a sense of confidence and preparedness.
  • Ask for the next steps. At the end of the session, ask about the next steps in the process whether it be submitting an application, scheduling a phone interview, or contacting human resources. If the recruiter does not ask for your resume, offer to send it to them. 
  • Thank the recruiter. After chatting with the representative, send them a thank you email or message on LinkedIn. Use the message to recap your skills, experiences, and qualifications for the position. This would also be a good time to send your resume if you forgot to do so during the event.