What Is a Virtual Career Fair?
A virtual career fair (sometimes called an online job fair) is an online “event” (as it takes place at a certain time and is not ongoing) in which employers and job seekers each meet in a virtual environment, using chat rooms, or email to exchange information about job openings. Job seekers may initiate chats with employers or may simply browse companies’ “booths.” Like a non-virtual job fair, a virtual job fair has a limited duration.
Does a Virtual Job Fair Only Have Remote (Or Work from Home) Jobs?
No. In fact, depending on the employers participating, it may have very few work at home jobs. However, the fact that a virtual career fair may target no particular, or a very large, geographic area can be an advantage for employers seeking remote-based employees.
A virtual job fair may receive job seekers from all over the country or the world, so companies only looking for employees near their locations may have to eliminate qualified candidates due to location. A company seeking employees to work from home would have fewer geographic restrictions.
Who Sponsors Virtual Career Fairs?
Many different organizations might host a virtual job fair. Often, they are hosted by the same groups that might sponsor a non-virtual job fair, such as colleges, trade associations, state employment agencies, veterans’ organizations, etc.
A group might choose to host a virtual career fair because it costs less, or it might host one in conjunction with a real-world job fair. However, other organizations such as online job boards or companies that specialize in Internet-based recruitment might also sponsor a virtual career fair.
Sometimes companies might dub an online recruitment event as a “virtual career fair,” but because there is only one employer it isn’t really a fair.
What Kind of Jobs Are Available at Virtual Career Fairs?
Almost any kind that is in a non-virtual job fair. Like brick and mortar job fairs, a virtual career fair may be focused on a certain industry, profession, or geographic area. There are virtual job fairs for veterans. If it is sponsored by a college, it may be geared toward recent college graduates. Companies that participate in virtual job fairs usually have multiple openings and locations.
How Does a Virtual Career Fair Work?
Virtual career fairs run the gamut. They might just be simple websites with lists of employers and links to their websites or “booths.” However, some feature elaborates virtual environments set to look like a real-world career fair with a map of a fictional convention center and links to company pages that feature graphics of booths. These often have chat rooms and video presentations.
A virtual career fair may offer resources for job seekers. Companies’ booths may provide a wealth of information on the companies or they may simply host links to their websites and a list of job openings.
Much of the information at a virtual career fair can be digested at the jobseeker’s own pace. However, there may be chat times at specific times.
Most virtual career fairs have a way to search the participating companies’ job openings, either all together or at each company’s booth. At each company’s booth, there may be an opportunity for personal contact, such as a chat room, or you may be able to apply and leave your resume or email the company.
How Much Does a Virtual Career Fair Cost?
They are free to job seekers. Be wary of any that charge a fee or pitches job-seeking services for a price; they are likely scams.
What kind of technology do I need to go to the Virtual Career Fair?
Virtual Career Fair runs on the cloud, so you don’t need to install software to access the online Career Fair. All you need is a standard web browser and a stable internet connection.