Job searching is no easy task at this point in the pandemic. The lockdown has limited a lot of opportunities for job seekers to find out more about different jobs available, or to even visit company buildings to get a grasp of their workplace atmosphere. Fortunately, virtual career fairs have been on the rise in the wake of the ongoing crisis. They have been serving as avenues wherein job seekers may learn more about companies, make connections, and perhaps even land a job on the day itself.
Indeed, it does sound quite of an overwhelming task, especially when one is unfamiliar with how calls work in the online setting. To get a better grasp of the nature of online job fairs, below are a few things to expect in these events:
They’re more similar to onsite ones than you think.
Their similarities may be seen in both their process and nature as events. For the former, just like job fairs onsite, the same process applies for virtual ones: registration, resume building, and questionnaire submission. Likewise, the nature of the event is preserved in the remote setting: it’s still used as an accessible platform for employers and job seekers to have meaningful conversations regarding different opportunities for employment. The only key difference here is that virtual job fairs are held on different teleconferencing applications, with calls conducted online.
They may vary in event objectives.
Virtual job fairs may differ in objectives and the means to achieve them. For instance, a virtual job fair may only include a list of hiring companies with links to virtual booths. These booths then enable the job seekers to become more acquainted with the necessary information about the company, as well as the nature of the possible jobs they may opt to apply for. On the other hand, another virtual job fair may take place in interactive meetings. This is the type that allows job seekers to hop in on the virtual booths in the hopes of getting some time to video-chat with the employer, and discuss relevant matters that may be answers to any questions they have in mind. With such variety, it may be wise to first read up on what a certain virtual job fair aims to do, as well as how they will go about it — otherwise, being unprepared for the specific kind of system that a particular job fair event may make a job seeker uncomfortable and lost in the process.
They come to hire.
Of course, a consistent and parallel objective across all job fairs, regardless of the platforms used, is to hire people. Employers would like to entice people into applying for their companies through discussing their company’s background. In turn, they want to see who the possible candidates are. In essence, virtual job fairs, like traditional ones, are also opportunities for the employers themselves to have a good grasp on the kind of people who want and are qualified enough to work for them. The only key differences between the virtual fairs and traditional ones are the virtual interview sessions, virtual booths, and virtual talks. These are especially true for virtual university career fairs, wherein employers like to host these sessions themselves.
In summary, the very apparent difference between traditional and virtual career fairs is their platform — one uses face-to-face onsite interviews and conferences, while the other uses different online tools. Notwithstanding such platform differences, the end-goal of these career fairs is to offer job opportunities to people — something especially more relevant nowadays considering the pandemic-induced job search difficulties faced by unemployed fresh graduates, retrenched employees, and any other kind of job seeker limited to the present setting. In this light, perhaps virtual job fairs may be considered non-compulsory, yet vital tools for employment, which are definitely worth a job seeker’s consideration.