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    Need a Job? Consider Attending a Virtual Career Fair


    “I saw an ad on Yahoo! the other day for a virtual career fair. I really like some of the companies participating but have never gone to a career fair like this – is that even right? Do you “go” to virtual career fairs? Any tips for someone who’s never attended one of these?” – Terrence from Detroit, MI


    Thanks for your question, Terrence. More and more companies are using virtual career fairs to recruit new workers. This format provides a cost-effective strategy to connect with lots of potential talent.

    Businesses can offer information about their company in interesting ways – videos, graphics, links to their social media presence – and can engage one-on-one with job seekers like you through email, chat or even through Skype.  We’re likely to see this type of recruitment strategy continue to grow – so now’s a great time to think about what these online events mean for you as someone looking for a job.

    How it works: All you have to do is sign up, post your résumé, and start visiting the virtual “booths” of employers. Each booth will have information about the employer and the jobs available, and there will be opportunities to speak with recruiters right at the event. From your computer, you’ll be able to communicate and engage with job exhibitors and attendees in a virtual environment. As long as you have Internet access, you’ll be able to participate.

    Just like an in-person career fair, there are several things you can do to get ready for a virtual career fair:

    Make sure your résumé is up to date: Employers will see this first when they search for job seekers.  Proofread yours very carefully and make sure that you call out your accomplishments and skills.

    Get to know the participating companies: Participating companies will have lots of information available in their booth – things like company history, culture and even testimonies from current employees. Use this information to get to know them, and visit their websites as well.  The virtual part of the virtual career fair gives you the chance to learn lots of information about companies.

    Ask relevant questions: Once you’ve learned about the various participating companies and determined which ones you are interested in, connect with them via email or chat. Make sure you ask questions from the research you’ve done on the company. Inquire about the latest news about them – and then weave into the conversation how your skills and abilities will make the company better.

    My best advice is to treat an online job fair like a real one. Be organized and professional and make a plan. Check the schedule of events to see if a company you’re interested in is having a webinar or chat times. Then browse all the companies and set your priorities. Once the event begins, start visiting the booths and looking for that great opportunity!

    Goodwill Industries International will be hosting a virtual career fair during the first full week of May. Stay tuned to this blog for more details about how to register and attend!

    Brad Turner-Little
    GII Director of Mission Strategy
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    • Dianne Bauer
      April 9th, 2012 at 12:53 pm

      I was selected to work at our Goodwill store but had to turn the job down because my mother broke her hip and I had to care for her. I have since put her in a nursing home – will i still be able to accept this job if it isn’t filled?

      May 18th, 2012 at 4:18 am

      Hello Everyone ,
      The reason im here because i have been having a hard time finding a job . And i came down to the conclusion that i need help . From someone who have alot of resources . So if you can help me ************

      Thanks For Your Time

    • Jasmine Perkins
      November 27th, 2012 at 4:53 pm

      I was recently in the United Way Program,and it had ended. I worked with clean downtown.I need help seeking an steady job.Help!

    • Latanya
      December 4th, 2012 at 12:13 pm

      Good afternoon I’m looking for any work right now.

    • Laurel
      December 4th, 2012 at 5:39 pm

      Is there a program to help people in the creative field, or are you strictly production or office?

    • Cynthia
      December 11th, 2012 at 1:21 pm

      I am attending college in hopes of making a career for myself and my family. However, I need a part-time job, while in school to help pay my bills in the process of building my future. Any suggestions for someone in a small town?

    • Penny Furman
      December 13th, 2012 at 7:31 am

      I have had a difficult time finding employment as I was not incarcerated, but had 2 felonies that are now expunged. The problem is I got the felonies at an older age and now that they have been expunged only recently I am past the age of 55. I have been working on a Master’s degree in Human Resources Development, but have not had success in finding a job. I am looking towards Goodwill to help me fit back into the workforce and become the person I have always wanted to be. I have worked many temporary jobs and have accumulated so many skills that I was able to manage a dental office for 5 years by myself and also be his dental assistant. I hope there is a job for me out there.

    • vanessa
      September 26th, 2013 at 1:32 am

      i feel like my dream career has never started, i am 33, i wanted to do so much so fast, i did a bunch of training and online school, each time i get excited than i try so hard i fill up millions of job applications for the jobs i wanted and i never got one, i mean each time i got really close to get it they turn it down, i kept hoping and trying and meanwhile being treated like a lazy unwilling person unwilling to work, it s so unfair, i have spend so much time everyday, going to interview, sending resume … i have so much potential but here i am broken and socialphobic. all i ever wanted was a good career in a nice place to be pride of

      • Jamestarkany@yahoo.com
        November 24th, 2013 at 9:04 pm

        I am in the same boat as you, but I am 49 years old! Around here, job prospects are very bad. I have a degree in Chemical Process Technology. I am not social phobic, but I am quite introverted.
        I see you posted in September. Has your situation changed since then? Let me know your progress if you want. Here’s hoping your situation is improving.

        – James

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