Veronica Mammina

Virtual Career Fair Tips for Recent Grads in NYC

June 21, 2020

Virtual career fairs are a new norm not only for recent college graduates but for anyone who has found themselves in need of a job during the pandemic. Luckily, society has come a long way in the realm of digitization. Almost anything can be done without face to face contact. Nearly every aspect of job hunting is accessible to anyone with a wifi connection. If you have found yourself jobless and in search of how to increase your chances of success during your virtual job search, check out this list of tips I’ve accumulated to help you get one step closer to getting your foot in the door.

Research.

  • Always research every company that you are interested in prior to any Virtual Career Fair. It shows you care and the companies will definitely notice when asking you what kinds of jobs you’re interested in.
  • Read reviews on Glassdoor. Search for a specific company and go to the reviews tab to see what employees are talking about or to see what the interview questions are like.
  • See what the culture is like. Browse company website and check out the their board of directors. Is it diverse? Is the company’s mission one that aligns with your values? Do you see yourself working for this company for more than 5 years? 10 years? 15 years?

Pitch.

  • Write down a 30-second pitch and practice it beforehand in order to memorize and execute this pitch flawlessly. No one knows you better than you.
  • Try this formula: What you did, what you are doing, where you want to go. Memorize this and practice in the mirror beforehand!.

Style.

  • Fully dress to impress, not only in your LinkedIn photos but also in any professional, public profile you have. Use your birth name and get someone professional to take your photo. Keep both professional, and dress as you would to a normal interview from head to toe.
  • If you live with multiple people or have roommates in your household, let everyone in the house know ahead of time that you will be doing an interview, and need space to focus. Control where your energy goes to ensure you are fully present in your interview.

Quality Check.

  • Find a quiet, appropriate, and organized location to make the call – a desk with a plain background is fine, but be aware of visible items that could be a distraction. Double-check the corners of your frame!
  • Do a sound and connection check beforehand with a friend or family member and do a lighting check – Do you look washed out? Is it too dark?
  • Have all the necessary documents either printed or open on your computer – resume, cover letter, portfolio – in front of you before the Fair begins, so you can reference them easily and not have to constantly click your audible mouse during a meeting.
  • Practice speaking to the camera, not the screen – it’s hard not to look! Put your mini Skype-window of your image below the webcam itself so you will appear to be making eye contact

Fly.

  • You made it to the fair. Be aware that employers have a limited amount of time to speak with you, even virtually!
  • When inquiring, ask questions including the next steps in the hiring process and take note of application deadlines for your dream companies.
  • Stay on target. Waste no time on creating a relationship with that company you really want to work for. 
  • Inquire about informational interviews with hiring managers. See if you fit. Never stop seeking information for potential leads.
  • Take notes to remember information to include in your follow-up email.
  • Talk with a variety of companies even if they don’t have immediate openings in your field.

After.

  • Afterward, make an effort to follow up within 24-hours to any and all those who gave their time to help you with information during the fair.
  • Reflect. How do you think you did and why? What could have you done to make this process smoother?
  • Share the wealth. Continue to build your brand and help others in similar positions as you to grow and become better versions of themselves.

 

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