Virtual Career Events
Process to RSVP for Career Center Events
Log into Handshake using your MyFAU login information.
Click on the "Events" tab on the menu bar.
Click "Event Search" to filter options for specific events.
In the upper right corner, click on “RSVP for Event.”
Questions should be directed at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Virtual Career Fairs: A virtual career fair (sometimes called an online job fair) is an online "event" in which employers and job seekers each meet in a virtual environment, using chat rooms, teleconferencing, webcasts, webinars and/or email to exchange information about job openings. Job seekers upload resumes and can be matched with employers or may browse companies’ “booths.” Like a non-virtual job fair, a virtual job fair has a limited duration.
(Tips and article pulled from https://www.rasmussen.edu/student-experience/college-life/virtual-career-fair-success/
Check out the tips below!
Register ahead of time
You’re going to want to register beforehand. Not only will this prevent any last minute hiccups before the career fair, but it will allow you to get a glimpse at the employers participating in the fair. Which leads us to our next tip…
Research participating organizations
After registering, take some time to review the organizations attending the career fair. You’ll want to get an idea of some of the companies you’d like to meet with. You also don’t want to walk in unprepared—learn about the companies and think of questions you’ll want to ask.
Prepare your resume
This is a no-brainer, yet so important. Because you’re going to provide your resume to employers you meet with, you’re going to want it up-to-date and spotless for the optimal first impression.
Practice your pitch
How will you introduce yourself? Why are you interested in the company? What types of positions are you seeking? How is your previous work experience relevant? What do you plan on asking the representatives at the virtual career fair?
You’ll want to spend some time mulling over questions like these so you’re ready to answer them without hesitation when the time comes. Your well-thought-out responses could impress a recruiter—and even allow you to stand out from the crowd of applicants.
Make sure your technology is ready to go
You’ll want to make sure your device is capable of supporting you in the virtual career fair. While it is definitely preferable to have camera capabilities in case an employer would like to speak with you face to face, you don’t necessarily have to have a device with a camera, says Ites.
You should also try a dry run the day before the virtual career fair to ensure smooth sailing on the big day, advises Chris Brown, vice president of Human Resources at West's Unified Communications.
“Plan an IT dress rehearsal before to avoid last minute surprises. Also, be sure to download necessary software for the fair, if need be. Install these a day early, leaving enough time to clarify any troubleshooting questions you may have.”
He also advises attendees to think long and hard about the type of device they plan to use.
“Choose your device wisely. To avoid shaky camera syndrome, use a desktop, laptop or propped-up tablet rather than a smartphone that you’ll need to hold throughout the conversation,” he says.
You may also want headphones if you cannot attend from a quiet, private location.
At the virtual career fair
Once you log in, how can you stand out from the crowd at a virtual career fair? Here are a few pieces of key advice.
Wear a professional outfit
You can expect to interact with employers at a virtual career fair through chat functions. However, some employers may wish to speak with you face to face. Make the most out of this opportunity to make a connection by looking professional and presentable.
Attend from a distraction-free environment
In addition to your professional attire, you will also want to plan out where you’ll be attending the virtual career fair from. A quiet location is ideal—and camera capabilities mean that you’ll want to ensure its distraction-free for employers.
Be ready to put yourself out there
At virtual career fairs, it’s all the more important to exert yourself to make connections.
Once an employer engages you in a chat, the ball is in your court to introduce yourself and ask questions about the organization and open positions. Attendees must present themselves to employers and feel confident doing so.
Use clear, professional business communication
Being a virtual career fair, much of your communication will be done through written interactions in the chat function of the platform. To make a great first impression, you’ll want to demonstrate articulate written communication.
Demonstrate strong body language in video chats
Just like in a traditional career fair, you’ll want to present yourself as a confident and competent job seeker. One way that employers pick up on this is through your body language. If you’re on a video chat with a recruiter at the virtual career fair, you’ll want to stay conscious of your body language.
Ask for next steps and contact information
When talking to recruiters at the career fair, don’t hesitate to be forward and offer to send a copy of your resume. You can also ask about the next steps in the process—whether that means getting in touch with human resources, filling out a job application or sitting down for a formal interview.
Before parting ways with a recruiter, be sure to take down their contact information. Some employers may have it uploaded and accessible within the virtual career fair platform. If not, ask how you can stay in touch. You’ll need this information for following up after the virtual career fair.
After the virtual career fair
Don’t let your efforts go to waste by neglecting to follow up with connection after the virtual career fair.
Reach out the next day with a thank you
Whether it’s an email, phone call or hand-written thank-you note, be sure to reach out to the connections you made at the fair, thanking them for their time and further expressing your interest.
Because recruiters at career fairs come in contact with many candidates and resumes, you can use this chance to refresh their memory and remind them about why you’re a promising candidate, why you’re interested in the company and the skills or experience you bring to the table.
You may also want to send them your resume if you haven’t already, along with your portfolio or work samples if you have any. You can also stay in touch by adding the recruiter on LinkedIn.”
Virtual Events: The Career Center or certain organizations may host virtual events through Zoom, Web Ex, Microsoft Meet or other video conferencing programs. Events can be formatted similar to webinars, chat rooms or panels where you can directly speak to the presenter. Registration is usually preferred but not required and it's recommended you stay the entire time of the presentation,if possible.
- Register ahead of time
- Research the organizations/companies hosting the event
- Practice your pitch/greeting either through video or chat
- Do a test run of your technology and download appropriate programs
- Camera, microphone, media players (Java, Flash)
- Make sure you are in a distraction free environment
- Clean space, solid background, no noise or potential movement
- Turn your microphone or camera off, if you are space with noise
- Be extra aware of your body language or written communication
- Remember to look directly into camera when speaking to maintain “eye contact”
- Do not slouch
- Use proper grammar in the chat box, this is not a text message