Tips for Virtual Networking Success

BEFORE THE FAIR

  • Be sure to pre-register.Registering early, in the weeks leading up to the Fair, allows you to create a profile employers can view, in advance of the Fair, to see what you have to offer.

  • Research exhibitors. To view the Find the List of Exhibitors !To view a detailed listing of exhibiting companies please register for the Fair.

  • Pre-registering for the Fair also allows you to view employer profiles.This will help you prepare how you approach conversations with them and you can identify which employers you want to “chat” with.

  • Review the organizations’ profiles and prepare quality questions, so the day of the Fair, you have specific questions ready when you join the Chat Sessions.

  • Review employers job listings, posted on the virtual platform and be informed about positions that interest you and have relevant questions regarding the job postings.

  • Update you résumé and have it reviewed by the Career Services Centre on your campus.

  • Upload your résumé to the virtual platform.

  • Prepare a virtual introduction for employers. Find examples below! 

  • Put together a list of questions to ask employers.  Find some examples below!

  • Anticipate employer questions.  Be prepared to talk about yourself and your accomplishments.  Find some examples below.

  • Be realistic – the larger goal of the Fair is to make your mark, gain experience representing yourself, and build a network you can rely on as you explore your career path.  If a job offer materializes out of the Fair, great!    

 

DURING THE FAIR

  • Log in to the Fair early to test your system to ensure you can access the Fair on the device you are using.

  • Be aware of where, on your screen, you are looking (at camera versus at yourselves in the corner) when on a virtual call.

  • Try not to have too many notes you are referring to below your screen.

  • Ask questions!  It’s a virtual world so you need to engage with employers.

  • Take notes – jot down brief notes as you leave each booth recording your immediate thoughts and items that need follow up.

 

 BE PREPARED

  • Know what you want to do and what you are looking for.

  • Know your skills and have examples of your accomplishments.

  • Prepare what differentiates you from other students!

  • Research their company - its products and the industry.

  • Ask questions!

  • Identify your top five competencies from the list below and think how you have demonstrated these in the past.  Be prepared to share these examples with employers.

​​Competencies

  • Enhanced Self-Awareness

  • Continuous Learning

  • Effective Communication

  • Leadership Development

  • Collaboration

  • Intellectual Growth

  • Appreciating Diversity

  • Professionalism

  • Digital Fluency

  • Creativity (& Innovation)

  • Numeracy & Financial Literacy

  • Information Management                   

  • Organization

QUESTIONS FOR EMPLOYERS

  • What kind of skills and competencies do you look for?

  • What courses or experiences do you think are important?

  • What kind of entry-level positions (or internships) exist within your organization?

  • Are graduate degrees important to advance in your organization?

  • What is your organization’s culture like?

  • What skills/qualifications did the last person hired in this role have?

 

30 SECOND INTRODUCTION

Having a brief introduction prepared can help focus your discussion when “chatting” with employers. Make sure you tailor your information so that it is relevant to the person/company you're “chatting” with. A few things that you may want to include are:

  • Mention your degree/program.

  • What you are looking for and be specific. Instead of saying a full time job, say what type of job you are looking for.

  • What sets you apart from others? Maybe it’s your strengths in the field, interest in the organization or relevant experience or skills. Don’t forget – academic, work and volunteer are ALL experience.

  • End with a question that will generate information and get the employer chatting with you. 

SAMPLE INTRODUCTIONS

 

Enquiring about employment opportunities:

"My name is Kate Hewson. I'm in chemical engineering and I'm interested in production-related work in the food and brewing industry. I have one summer of directly-related experience in quality control and have completed a major project on yeast culture enhancement. I would like to talk to you about how my background relates to work you do."

Looking for career advice:

“Hello, my name is Sanjay and I am currently in my 2nd year of Mechanical Engineering. I am at the fair today to gain information about my industry to help me decide what area I want to concentrate on. I was researching your company and was very interested in some of the projects that you are working on. I was wondering if I could ask you some questions about different career options.”

Information on a posted position:

“Hello. My name is Pat Brokes and I am in my third year of an Arts degree, majoring in Psychology .  I noticed from your website that you have an opening for a Youth Worker, which matches my experience. My courses and projects have been really focused on youth psychology and intervention methods. I also have been volunteering with a street youth group for the past 3 years. Can you tell me a little more about this position? “ 

AFTER THE FAIR

  • Follow up immediately.

  • Send thank you email and refer to the specific topics you spoke about.

  • Send employers an updated targeted copy of your résumé.

 
 

If you require more assistance to prepare for the Halifax Universities Career Fair or need guidance on how to build your career, visit the Career Services office at your campus. Visit the website for Career Services at Saint Mary's University, Dalhousie University and Mount Saint Vincent University today!

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