What students can gain from virtual job fairs

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While one may wonder, is it really worth it to attend these virtual fairs? Well, for starters it’s free from all the crowd and chaos and students can attend it from anywhere they want.

As graduates, the next pedestal to achieve is to land a lucrative, well-paying job. One of the best ways to do so is to attend job fairs. Now with technology and the internet taking over all the day-to-day activities, even job fairs are now being held online. It’s a wonderful chance for students to meet prospective employers and for employers to meet a variety of fresh talent. There are high chances of them landing instant job offers. Sounds exciting, doesn’t it? The employers all agree to issue their job postings on a commonly decided website for that particular duration. Taking part in these fairs is fun because it is real-time, interactive and very effective.

While one may wonder, is it really worth it to attend these virtual fairs? Well, for starters it’s free from all the crowd and chaos and students can attend it from anywhere they want. The virtual method uses text, audio and video methods for the purpose of getting in touch and it is very hassle-free for both concerned parties. These virtual fairs can also be hosted by universities or any formal groups present online. Some virtual fairs in India have been such a hit that they have been attended by more than 3 lakh participants, says research by MDPI

Abhishek G says, “One of my first experiences with a job fair was virtual where I got a chance to appear for an interview for various tech startups for software development role. My interviews went well, I got rejected by two of them and got placed in fin-tech startup. The best part about virtual fair was I got interview experience and made sure that I don’t repeat mistakes in my next interview. This led me to get my desired & dream job.”

Attending virtual job fairs doesn’t seem like a bad idea now, does it? Imagine the people you’ll meet! They would be present from all walks of life. Make the most of these opportunities

What students can expect to see on the website would be various job openings and company information by each of the job posters online. They can choose the opening they’re interested in and accordingly approach the employer who will then educate them about the same via chat messenger specially designed for the website. Students would be able to submit their resumes just at the click of a button. Based on the virtual setup of this whole recruitment drive, they may even get a chance to create a profile using which they can track their applications. If not instant job offers, students are sure to experience short presentations from various HR leaders, live FAQ and QnA session, etc.

Here is a list of the benefits of virtual job fairs and why students should attend these fairs.

Benefits of virtual job fairs

Connecting with the right employer

The students will have a plethora of job options available at their disposal. A lot of them may not know what they want, hence it is a very beneficial gathering where one can find their best fit. Due to a large number of employers present, each student gets exposure to various industries and sectors and even gets to interact with many employers. Decision-making becomes easier as they connect with the right employers based on their interests.

Time-saver

Isn’t it a huge relief when students don’t have to travel kilometres to attend such a large-scale meeting? It is a big time saver for both parties as due to the online nature of the meet, it can always start and end on time. Students can take part in such meets from even the comfort of their own homes. Chatting via text also saves a lot of time as a student can chat with multiple job posters at the same time and vice-versa.

Resume review

A golden opportunity for students is that even though they may not have gotten the job they applied for, or they may have not even applied for any job–they can always request the hiring manager at the other end to review their resume and ask for expert tips. Many employers may even pay heed to such requests as they believe in helping out the students present. This way, the students can get expert comments and suggestions for improvisation on their resumes.

Mock interviews

Although it is not necessary that every student bags the job of his dreams, such job fairs may very well be a perfect practice arena for engineering students who have never attended interviews before. Since these fairs are conducted online, the interviews will be real-time and the feedback received will also be instantaneous. Not only will this help the students understand their strengths and weaknesses, but this will also help the students prepare themselves better for the job interviews which they will give in the future.

Networking

Ah! One of the best advantages of such job fairs is undoubtedly networking. A college student really benefits from good networking. Their networking skills will come in handy in future and what better place to make and extend professional contacts than such virtual job fairs. The students will meet a lot of peers, job seekers with the same interests, employers offering related jobs, etc. Virtual job fairs are a great place to exchange contact information for a bright professional future.

Attending virtual job fairs doesn’t seem like a bad idea now, does it? Imagine the people you’ll meet! They would be present from all walks of life. Make the most of these opportunities. Prepare a set of questions which will not only increase your confidence but will also present yourself as an enthusiastic candidate. Remember to establish and maintain contact with the connections you’ve made!

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