virtual career fairs
Job searching has gone virtual.. Are you prepared?
Career Fairs tend to look quite different these days! However, that doesn't mean they are any less nerve-wracking or intimidating for those looking for the next step in their career path. So what really is the difference when approaching a virtual career fair vs. an in-person career fair? The reality is... they aren't all that different, but we put together some tips for you when preparing for a virtual career fair!
With zero8hundred in your corner, you're never alone. Reach out to your resource specialist for support. We are here to calm your nerves and make sure you are fully prepared for whatever civilian life throws you, including career fairs.
1. Take a Lap
Before diving into the career fair and networking, take a lap around all of the businesses there to get a feel for your strategy going forward. Take a deep breath and take a lap.
2. Be Prepared
Often there is a posting of what business will be attending the fair before the event. Do some research on the companies and see what positions they have open. The more research you do, the more confident you will feel.
3. Take it One Step at a Time
Give yourself time in between each business to re-group. Go at your own pace and remember there will always be more opportunities, so don't rush yourself!
Never assume what a business has to offer
1. Never Judge a Book by its Cover
Don't forget that sometimes a conversation can change everything! A company may not seem appealing until you get in front of someone to take about the culture, opportunities, etc.
2. Don't Assume What a Company Has to Offer
For example, don't assume the Sheriff's Department is only hiring law enforcement! They also have other departments like HR, PR, Social Media, etc!
Re-Locating? going virtual could change everything!
Virtual career fairs can be an excellent resource for TSMs and military spouses who are re-locating! Use virtual career fairs as an opportunity to network before arriving to your new home! Showing initiative before the move is a huge step towards an awesome career!
Make sure your tech is ready
1. Update Your Online Profiles and Resume
Make sure your online presence represents you and your aspirations. Have you updated your LinkedIn? Do you even have a LinkedIn? Are your social media pages representative of you and how you want to represent yourself? Is your resume up-to-date and ready for the civilian world? Talk to your resource specialist about resources to make sure you can check all of these boxes with ease!
2. Make Sure Your Technology is Ready
Check your microphone and video capabilities before entering the fair! Check your Wi-Fi connection to make sure it is strong enough, so you don't get interrupted! Being prepared technologically is a very important part in your career fair prep!