Tips for Maximizing Your Participation in a Virtual Job Fair

Virtual Military Job FairThe Virtual Military Job Fairs co-hosted by Corporate Gray and MOAA enable military-experienced job seekers and company recruiters the opportunity to discover a possible fit by engaging in one-on-one text chat sessions.  By participating in these quarterly events, you can:

  • Research in advance the needs of the participating companies
  • Interact with company recruiters one-on-one via text chats
  • Take notes on your conversations
  • Follow-up with your connections after the event

Careful preparation is important before attending any job fair, and a virtual event is no exception. Prior planning and research will help ensure you meet with the recruiters most relevant to your job search and help you make the most of the conversations.

The process is outlined below with instructions and advice on what to do before, during, and after the virtual event…

BEFORE THE EVENT

1. Register in advance
Visit www.CorporateGray.com/jobfairs and click the “Military Friendly” Job Fair corresponding to the date of the desired Virtual Military Job Fair.  Then click the “Nationwide” link which will take you to the registration page on Brazen Connect.

Fill out the custom information, and upload your photo and resume. Recruiters will have access to your information during and after the event.

2. Prepare for the event
Preparation for a virtual event is similar to that of a traditional job fair, and it is crucial since the conversations are short and to the point!

Once you’re registered you’ll be given a link to the event lobby.  Enter the event lobby at any time prior to the event to visit the booths and research the attending companies in preparation for meeting with them. Browse the company information and their job opportunities to find jobs you are qualified for and interested in so you can bring up these specific jobs when chatting with the recruiters.

Use other resources to gain information about those companies and their job openings, such as LinkedIn, the company’s website, and other sites such as GlassDoor.com and Manta.com to learn as much as possible.

Give careful thought to the questions recruiters will likely ask, and prepare the answers in a Word document that you can refer to during the conversations. Some possible questions are:

Why are you interested in our company?
What do you know about us?
What type of work are you seeking?
Which of your skills are you most interested in leveraging?
How would you characterize your leadership style?
What are your salary requirements?
When are you available to start work?

Articulate what you are looking for, what your skills are, and why you are a match for their company.

Keep your answers short and to the point (1-2 sentences).

If you’re a very slow typist, you could cut and paste your prepared answers into the text chat box as appropriate.

DURING THE EVENT

3. Join a Booth
Go to the event lobby using the same link you were given after registering. In the lobby you’ll see the expected wait time for each booth and the number of recruiters online for each company.

Click “Join” to be put in a queue to chat with a recruiter (if there’s a wait for that booth). You can wait to chat in multiple booths at once, and you will be placed in the first available chat. Once you are in a chat, your position in the other booths will be held while you are chatting.

4. Start Networking
When a recruiter is available, you will be immediately matched for a 7-minute text-based conversation. This is text-only, with no video or audio, so be ready to type.

Don’t wait for the recruiter to start chatting, introduce yourself right away!

5. Rate the Conversation
After each chat, you’ll be prompted to rate how you think the conversation went and make any notes that will help you best remember that conversation. This information is for your eyes only.

AFTER THE EVENT

6. Follow-up with recruiters
Under “History” you can review the connections you made during the event and follow-up with them. For each conversation, you can browse the recruiter’s information and the entire chat transcript. If you had asked them for contact information during the chat it will be in the transcript. If not, look them up on LinkedIn and continue the conversation there.

Register now and start preparing for the next Virtual Military Job Fair!

POST YOUR RESUME so the hundreds of recruiters using Corporate Gray Online can find you!

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