10 ways to make the most of your VCF

August 14, 2020

1. Register for the VCF early

By registering beforehand, this will help you avoid any last minute problems registering and attending the fair. Moreover, you will be able to get an idea of the companies attending, which will be important for you.

2. Research participating companies

It’s important to take the time to research the companies and employers who will be attending the fair. This will help you prepare your resume and pitches, as well as any questions you may have for the company.

3. Ensure resume is up to date

As you are going to be presenting your resume to any of the companies and/or employers you meet, it is important that your resume is up to date. This includes your LinkedIn page and any other portfolios. This will ensure that your employers get to know the best you and helps you with prepare your pitch.

4. Practice your pitch

You are going to need to take some time to understand the type of questions the company may ask you, such as “What is your previous experience?” or “Can you tell us a little more about you?” A well formulated response can have a strong impression on those who are recruiting.

5. Make sure your tech is up to date

To make sure everything runs smoothly on the day, you will want to give everything a test run. This includes your camera, audio and the environment where you will be attending the fair from. It is important to be in a quiet location in order to make the most of your experience.

6. Dress for success

First impressions are everything, especially since you will be speaking to employers face to face over video call for interviews. Therefore, the way you dress can have an impression on the recruiter, and you want to put forward a professional image.

7. Attend from a quiet location

In order to optimise your virtual career fair experience, you should attend from a distraction free area. A quiet location can provide a more professional scene and allow you to make the most of your time.

8. Have strong communication skills

As you will be meeting employers face to face and speaking to them through chat, having a professional tone can project a good first impression.

9. Demonstrate confident body language

Similar to physical career fairs, having a confident demeanour can inform employers that you know what you are talking about, thus illustrating your competence.

10. Understand what the next steps are

After speaking to recruiters during the fair, asking about the next steps in the process can show determination and also help you keep in touch.