6 tips to get noticed at an online job fair
Monster India tells you how to gear yourself for a virtual career fair.
What if you could guarantee yourself an interview with a recruiter without ever leaving the comfort of your home and desk?
What if you could get your resume in front of 5, 10 or even 20 hiring managers -- all in the same day!
A virtual career fair is an interactive online environment designed to recreate the experience of a physical brick-and-mortar environment, from the comfort of the job seekers or employers own computer, eliminating the need for a physical presence.
Job seekers are able to visit different booths, chat with different people, attend webinars, browse through various jobs, and apply for jobs and network with other attendees, all at the comfort of their PC and also 24 by 7.
Employers can set the booths, customise them, deliver content and at the same time engage with seekers real time to get them to apply to jobs or more.
If you want to make the most of this opportunity, here's what you must do.
Monster India will host its virtual career fair between April 15 and 19th, 2013. To register for the fair, visit http://vcf.monsterindia.com/
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1. Upload your updated resume
Your resume is one of the first things that potential employers see first.
Make sure you have a complete, accurate and updated resume.
Highlight your top accomplishments clearly.
A carefully completed profile will serve you well when recruiters are researching candidates for the skills they are seeking.
Image: Resume format for representational purpose only
2. Research your employer
In addition to updating your profile, research about relevant employers participating in the fair on the kind of work they do, details on the job profile etc.
Learn about the company's goals, products, past history and its mission.This research will enable you to have a meaningful conversation with prospective employers.
Image: Doing your homework will help you lead in an interview
3. Set some career goals
Instead of saying that you're 'open to any opportunities', mention your professional strengths, specific skills and interests.
Spend time listing your goals to target your efforts.
Since time is limited, you should create an elevator pitch or a personal brand statement that will help you explain the value you can bring to an employer, in easy-to-remember sound bites.Such efforts will increase your chances to get the job.
4. Be prepared for a video interview
Learn how to install and use Skype or similar video calling application on your home computer.
Rehearse in advance so that you come across as a strong candidate.
Also ensure you have a good internet connectivity.
Image: Rehearse using the microphone before the actual interview
5. Ask relevant questions
Once you've gathered information on employers at their 'booths', connect with them to inquire about their latest news and show them how this can tie into your skills and experience.
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