Preparing for Virtual Career Fairs & Employer Events

In lieu of changing recruiting tactics as well as the COVID-19 pandemic, employers are increasingly moving to virtual platforms by which to engage with students through career fairs, networking events, and information sessions.  While student objectives may remain the same, the Office of Career Strategy wants you to remain best informed about the changes and best prepared for what to expect.

Yale Career Link’s Virtual Career Fair Platform provides the opportunity for Yale students and postdocs to virtually engage with employers in a highly interactive manner. Available features of this platform include:

  • In depth information on participating employers and employer contacts
  • The opportunity to apply to positions offered by participating organizations
  • The ability to upload your preferred draft of your resume for each event you choose to take part in
  • Interactive engagement with employers through one-on-one and group timed video chats
  • The ability to wait in multiple queues at once, so you can best leverage your time while you wait to engage with employers
  • A note-taking tool so you can track your need to follow up with contacts after each conversation

Please review this guide on how to best leverage this platform.  You can also view this guide that walks you through the various features of the system.

In preparing for these events and any other virtual engagement with employers, it is important to remember the following:

  • Be camera ready – take note of your background and make sure you are well lit/not covered in shadows
  • Check your internet connection
  • Make sure your computer’s power supply is plugged in
  • Be on time
  • Use the features of your platform – for Yale Career Link:  wait in multiple queues to best utilize your time and do not dismiss the group chat option!
  • Have your resume ready and make sure it is the appropriate version for the event you are attending
  • Keep it short and sweet – both for sake of etiquette and in case there is a time limit
  • Use resource guides to troubleshoot if there is an unforeseen issue with the platform itself
By Brian Frenette
Brian Frenette Senior Associate Director