Hopefully you have heard of all of the virtual career fairs we are putting on in the upcoming weeks. These fairs are a great opportunity to network, practice speaking with employers, and maybe even land a job or internship!
This week’s question is: I have never been to a virtual career fair. What can I expect?
The format of this semester’s fairs is obviously very different than it has been in the past. Here is a brief overview of the process as well as some tips on how to prepare:
You will need to register for meeting times with employers through CAREERLINK. You can log into CAREERLINK through the tab at the very top of our web page. You will log in as a student using the same credentials you use for Blackboard. Once you are logged in, click on the “Events” tab on the left hand side of the screen. You will register with each employer individually, so once you find an employer you’d like to meet with, click on their name. A list of available time slots will be displayed, and you can choose one that works for you. While registering for a time, you can also upload your resume for the employer to see. A confirmation email will be sent to you confirming the time and employer you have registered to meet with. The link for the actual meeting should come to you the day before the fair. If you have any issues you are always welcome to reach out to our office and we will assist you!
How to Prepare:
Preparation for these fairs is pretty similar to preparation for our fairs in the past. You will want to have your resume polished and ready, practice your elevator pitch and questions you have for employers, and look professional. Our office can help you with all of these things! You can stop into our physical studio in Ceres Hall, our virtual studio via Zoom, or call or email us! We would love to help you prepare so you can crush your meeting!
There is one additional thing you will want to prepare for that is new this semester. Since all meetings are virtual, you will want to make sure whatever platform (most likely Zoom or Microsoft Teams) the employer is using works for you. Once you get the link in your email for the meeting, make sure you have that program installed so you are ready to go when it’s time for your meeting.
Please continue to ask your questions by submitting them on our website! I would love to help you with your career-related needs!
Until next time,