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Career Conversations - Shahzad Hussain - Virtual Career Fair

Presented by the Career Management Center at Stuart School of Business

Tips for Success at a Virtual Career Fair

Shahzad Hussain

By Shahzad Hussain, Senior Associate Director, Stuart Career Management Center

The global pandemic has changed the way we live, work and play! 

Students, staff, and faculty at universities around the world have adapted to this new global challenge and have quickly changed the way knowledge is imparted and received. 

In the same way that universities have moved learning online, career service offices have  come up with novel ideas of ways to deliver programming that will ensure continuity and student success, including offering virtual career fairs. Illinois Tech’s Fall 2020 Virtual Career Fair will be September 29-30 at 10 a.m.–6 p.m. each day. Now is the time to prepare for it.

Some of the tips to be successful in an in-person career fair also apply to the virtual career fair, such as:

  • Get your resume reviewed. Stuart students are encouraged to make an appointment with Shahzad Hussain or Helen Ezenwa at the Career Management Center to prepare for the career fair.
  • Research the companies you want to talk to.
  • Develop an elevator pitch.
  • Wear professional attire.
  • Prepare relevant questions to ask about each company you have an appointment to see.
  • Display proper body language, such as maintaining eye contact and showing enthusiasm.
  • Send thank you notes after the career fair.

There are also a few things that are different in a virtual career fair and you should prepare for them. 

For one, it is very important to become comfortable with the platform that you will be using to participate in the virtual career fair, as well as understand the format of the fair. The Illinois Tech career fair will use the InternX platform and a mini-interview format. You will need to create an account on InternX, where you can upload your profile and submit your resume. 

It is also important that you: 

  • Ensure that you have a good internet connection.
  • Select a quiet place with good lighting where you will not be disturbed for the duration of the fair.
  • Login at least 15 minutes before the scheduled time and test your technology, including the audio and video. 

With careful planning and execution, and following the above tips, you will be able to engage in a virtual career fair with confidence. 

Check out the article and video linked below for more tips to successfully navigate a virtual career fair:

Posted September 9, 2020

Career Conversations is presented by the Stuart School of Business Career Management Center.

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