The Virtual Career Fair (VCF) is an online career fair for students and alumni from the GACE Member Institutions and offers the opportunity to connect with employers & admissions reps. These organizations represent a range of career fields & graduate opportunities (review hiring details here). The VCF will be on November 10, 2020. Attend the fair from anywhere!
What can I do to prepare for a successful VCF?
Review the organizations' profiles in advance (After logging in, click "Event Details" for this fair)
Develop a strategy - which companies do you most want to speak with?
Decide how to allocate your time. Determine what times your target organizations will be holding chat rooms.
Prepare questions before joining a chat session, or if you prefer, you can review others' questions in the public chat.
Write your elevator pitch, which you should strictly use in private interactions with organizations (do not post these in the public chat room).
Not all organizations will send email invitations to their chat sessions so join the event and visit organizations that interest you. You are welcome to visit any chat sessions during the fair.
Recruiters may have a lot of traffic (just as in a live fair) and cannot reach everyone immediately. Remember that patience is highly appreciated by the recruiters and the right job is worth the wait!
What does a successful career fair experience look like for a participant?
Everyone's goals & outcomes will be different. Here are some possibilities:
Research the employment market
Determine which positions are a strong match for your background
Submit job applications to organizations' existing openings
Secure an interview during or after the event
Some organizations use this forum for screening (and interviews take place afterward) while others conduct phone interviews, video interviews, or schedule in-person interviews during or after the event. Many organizations make job offers to candidates found through the virtual career fairs. Important: Joining organizations’ chat sessions is the first step in potentially securing a job offer.
Registration is already open and will be open through the end of the day of the Career Fair. Register early to give yourself time to study the list of participating organizations and opportunities.
Upload your resume immediately after registering so organizations will have access to it. Uploading your resume and/or cover letter is the first step in making your materials available to participating organizations. After you upload your documents into the system, they are visible immediately for review by organizations. Companies may begin screening resumes prior to the event and also invite you to visit their specific chat sessions and/or schedule video interviews before, during, or after the event hours.
Am I eligible to attend the fair?
The fair is free to Students and Alumni from the GACE Member Institutions.
What technology do I need to participate?
Participants need only a computer and internet access to participate. Webcams, avatars, and photos are NOT required. Interactions between organizations and participants will be primarily through text chatting. (organizations do have the ability to initiate one-on-one video chats with you. If this is the case, you should be dressed as if you were going on an interview. Make that first impression a good one! We also recommend you check what is visible behind you so that there is nothing to distract the recruiter.) Note: it is acceptable to indicate to an employer that you are unable to video chat, if this is not an option for you at the time of the request.
For the best experience, participants should log on using an up-to-date version of Google Chrome (preferred) or Firefox from a desktop/laptop; these are required to be able to view/hear any multimedia broadcasts presented by organizations. The most up-to-date versions of Safari, Internet Explorer 11, and Microsoft Edge will also work; however, you will not be able to see presentations or participate in one-to-one video chats.
Organizations will continue to register leading up to the VCF, so make sure to check back for an updated list. You may also express interest in organizations directly on this page when logged in by clicking the checkmark to the left of the employer's name on the list.
Will there be job postings? Where can I find them?
When logged into your account, click the Job Board tab. Review job postings and be informed about available positions and how to apply (and then you can formulate your questions for the chat room). Not all organizations post positions.
Who will be in an employer chat room?
An employer will host a chat room where you and other participants can ask questions and converse. You may enter between one to three rooms at a time; exit existing rooms to enter new ones. The organization representatives will be listed once you are in the room. For confidential reasons, chat visitors will be listed by first name and first initial of last name (you will see your own name in full). Private chatting is also possible between participants and organizations.
What types of questions will organizations be prepared to answer?
After you have done your research on the organization by reviewing their profile, and you notice specific jobs are posted in the Virtual Fair, you can ask about those jobs, requirements, and fit. You can also ask about other opportunities. Questions about an organization's culture and future opportunities are also welcome. Ask questions that will help you assess whether an employer or opportunity would be a good fit for you.
Do not ask personal questions, or be too informal in your chatting. Note: Do not post personal information such as phone number or email address in the group chat. Only post this information in a private chat.
Can I have a private chat with an employer?
An employer can invite you to a private chat. You will receive a notification next to the rep's name, with a number to the left of their name indicating how many messages are waiting. Click on the rep's name to accept and open the private chat window. You may also initiate a private chat with an employer representative by clicking the down arrow next to the rep's name and inviting them to a private chat (if an employer sets themselves to busy, you will be unable to private chat with them; in these cases, chat through the public chat).
I noticed that some organizations listed job postings but are not hosting chat hours. Should I still apply for their jobs?
Absolutely. Some organizations use the Virtual Career Fair as a method to collect resumes and identify interested candidates. By applying to job postings and/or noting your interest in a specific employer through your account, the employer will be alerted to look at your resume. Organizations then have the option to follow-up directly with candidates that match their criteria subsequent to the virtual event.
What if there are chat sessions, but no job postings?
Some organizations do not use the Virtual Career Fair to post their available jobs. In these cases, you should go directly to their websites to search through their posted positions so you may ask questions about listing available on their internal careers pages.
How can I follow up after the fair?
The list of organizations will be active after the fair. Click an employer's name on the list and review the ”Website and Contact” section of the profile for any contact details that may have been given (not all organizations will give direct contact details; however, they do have access to your uploaded documents and may contact you directly). Job listings will remain active for 60 days after the employer entered them.
If I have a technical question about the fair, who should I ask?
If you have a technical question about the fair, visit the CareerEco chat room, or send an email to email@example.com