With our virtual fairs happening this week, we wanted to highlight some major perks about participating in a virtual fair. As a reminder, we have a checklist for you to go over to make sure you are prepared and bringing your best you to the event! You can also drop into a Career Lab to get your resume critiqued and get advice on participating in the fairs.
Top 3 Perks of a Virtual Fair
⭐Know who you are meeting with and when—and prepare for it!
There are two ways to engage with employers at virtual fairs on Handshake. One is in Group Sessions (30 minutes) and the other is through 1-on-1 meetings (10 minutes). As soon as you register, you can start building your schedule with these different sessions types and can continue to add throughout the fair as well. The further in advance you register will give you the advantage to do some research and allow you to ask questions that make you stand out among the crowd. You can even use tools like Big Interview to practice your pitch in a virtual landscape!
⭐Guaranteed face time with employers with no waiting in lines!
Because you are scheduling sessions in advance and are shown day-of availability as well, you get G U A R A N T E E D time with employers of interest to you! At a traditional in-person career fair you could sometimes be lucky to grab a couple of minutes with an employer and hand off your resume. In this space, for 1-on-1 meetings you have a confirmed 10 minutes and with Group Sessions a confirmed 30 minutes to be able to interact with employers of your choice. There is also no waiting in lines or wandering around lost, which gives you time back in your day. It also allows you to pick and choose when you want to interact. You do not need to schedule out the full 3 hours, unless you want to of course!
⭐Draw comfort and confidence by preparing your space
Due to the virtual nature of the fair, you can participate no matter where you are physically located. Take some time before the fair to find and set up a place where you feel comfortable and confident. Be sure that wherever you decide to participate from can offer a natural/neutral background (which can be virtual if it is professional looking), and that will offer some privacy and quiet the day of the event. You are in the driver seat to take advantage and create an atmosphere where you feel confident and ready to make a lasting, positive impression.