Virtual Job Fairs are a win-win for job seekers and companies. While it’s an inexpensive way for employers to meet potential employees, you can share your LinkedIn profile and resume with companies that are hiring. You might be able to have an initial, albeit brief, interview with a hiring manager — without having to leave the comfort of home. But this is not a casual browsing event. Take it as seriously as you would an in-person interview. Here's how you can make the most of a virtual job fair.
Career fairs have long served as a way to attract and pre-screen a large number of potential job candidates at one time and in one place. But two factors have lessened their efficiency.
First, the growing movement to seek out talent where it lives rather than being limited to local areas is making live job fairs obsolete. Technology and best practices for telecommuting have made the requirement to live and work in the same area less important for knowledge-based jobs than it once was, allowing organizations to seek out qualified candidates globally. The second factor is the increased time and expense with travel and renting a space to hold a career fair.
So it might be too late for 2017 open enrollment, but that doesn’t mean your employees have all the information they need about their available benefits. In most organizations, it’s all too rare that employees get opportunities to ask questions and engage with benefits representatives – often simply due to lack of time and resources.