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A virtual job fair is a virtual event that allows employers to connect with job seekers in an online environment, rather than a physical one. With geographical, financial and venue capacity barriers removed, virtual job fairs attract up to 7 times more attendees than in-person events.While this is great for the companies and hosts, it also means you're competing with 7x more candidates for time, information, and job opportunities. So how can you stand out from the crowd in an online environment? Here are 5 quick tips to help you increase your chances of success at a virtual job fair.
In order to get the most out of a virtual job fair, you need to ensure your internet connection is stable. You can test this by running a quick internet speed test using a free tool like the one by Google.
Your internet speed will have a direct impact on your overall job fair experience and the impression you're able to make on recruiters. This is especially important if you plan to attend a breakout session or have one-to-one meetings during the virtual career fair. If your video quality is grainy or glitchy, you'll be forced to address and discuss the technology issues during the first crucial minutes of your meeting rather than focus on making a great first impression. Running a test to identify potential WiFi issues ahead of time allows you to purchase a WiFi booster or test streaming to your phone via mobile connection ahead of the event to overcome this obstacle.
In 2020 there is no excuse for not using a designed template for your resume. Even if you don't have design experience, or you aren't applying for jobs in a creative field you should be using a designed resume template to help you stand out from the crowd.
Color, graphics, charts, and breakout quotes on your resume communicate large amounts of information to recruiters in a short amount of time. It also helps showcase your personality and gives insight into who the person behind the qualifications is making you more memorable to recruiters.
This is especially important now given the number of people who have been laid off or lost their jobs due to COVID-19 and will help improve your chances of being noticed and selected for an interview.
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Quick tip: When choosing a color and template, pick one that suits your personality. If you're quiet and reserved, use a template that is clean and simple, but polished. If you're more outgoing, you can use a bold template that hints at your personality. Always look for templates with sections for breakout stats where you can highlight your biggest wins. People absorb more information from images than words so you're increasing your chances recruiters will remember these highlighted points on your resume by portraying them graphically.
When people are forced to process large volumes of information or interact with hundreds of people at the same time they will usually only remember the really good and really bad experiences. One of your best chances of becoming memorable during a virtual job fair is the ask a question feature, but you need to use it strategically.
Virtual job fair platforms provide the hosts with robust reporting metrics and reports that can drill down to attendee level data. This means recruiters will know exactly how long you watched the presentation for, whether you answered the poll questions, if you asked a question during the event, and how many of the resources you clicked on, downloaded or viewed in the resource section.
So if you're going to attend a virtual job fair and are genuinely interested in the position or company hosting a session, make sure your actions and engagement reflects your interest level. This will help you receive a good engagement score and stand out from the crowd.
If you were chatting with a recruiter in person you would always thank them for their time and for speaking with you before walking away and ending the conversation. Just because a virtual job fair is online, doesn't mean you can skip that step.
Sending a quick thank you message to the presenter through the online platform is the absolute minimum you should be doing. You can take it a step further by sending them a thank you email or LinkedIn message to let them know you appreciated their time and would love to chat further. Be sure to include your resume as an attachment in the thank you emails so they don't need to look for it in their overflowing inbox.
Searching for a job can feel demoralizing even during times of economic growth, but don't get discouraged. Take these steps to help you stand out from the crowd when applying to jobs online and look for virtual job fairs being hosted by companies outside of your town or city. A lot of companies are hiring remote positions now due to COVID-19 which may open you up to more opportunities than you had previously.
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