Career fairs are events that attract a mixed bag of attendees. Fresh graduates, professionals looking for a better job, or even those seeking a career change. These individuals come from all walks of life and from everywhere around the world, so your hosting platform must be capable of running such a large-scale virtual gathering. In line with this, here are three virtual event platform features that your hosting platform needs to successfully run an online career fair:
An accessible navigate interface
Accessibility has been a huge barrier when it comes to in-person events, career fairs included. They're notorious for being inaccessible to disabled individuals and those who suffer from chronic illnesses. Simply traveling to the venue can be challenging. Luckily, the shift to virtual events has made things a lot easier for those who, in the past, could not attend in-person events.
However, simply shifting to an online platform doesn't guarantee that it will be more accessible. An article written by a Caltech University PhD candidate, Krystal Vasquez, outlines the different challenges people with disabilities face at virtual events. Automated captioning is not completely accurate, turning some of the information useless for participants who are hard of hearing or deaf. Meanwhile, not all platforms support accessibility features. Hosts of virtual events need to ensure that their interface is easy to navigate and has features that cater to those with disabilities.For instance, recordings of talks and PowerPoint presentation files should be made available after the event for attendees who may have sight and auditory difficulties. They should also provide materials for blind participants. These are just a few examples of how hosts can create a more accessible environment for all attendees.
Breakout rooms for talks given by different professionals
In breakout rooms, job searchers can get valuable insight from professionals who are already experienced and established in their respective fields.
Say you have nurse graduates who want to enter the healthcare field. The virtual job fair hosts should reach out to healthcare professionals and leaders who can inform and inspire others.Look at Dr. Boniface Stegman, for example. Currently working as a coordinator for Maryville University’s online RN-BSN program, Dr. Stegman’s background doesn’t just concern practical nursing — she also has an MS as a nurse educator and a PhD in educational leadership.In addition to her educational and professional background, Dr. Stegman also leads ‘breakout workshops’ and conferences. Other than inviting leading professionals from various industries, virtual job fair hosts should strive to present their attendees with a diverse set of speakers. Another example is Margaux Avedisian.As a woman working in the cryptocurrency market, she laments the lack of female executives in the industry and wishes to see that change. Avedisian serves as a role model for women wanting to enter the tech industry. An industry in dire need of diversity. She learned the ins and outs of Bitcoin herself and eventually used her knowledge to co-create multiple cryptocurrency exchanges.
Having learned professionals like these in your virtual career fair makes it a lot more impact for you as a host. And fruitful for the people whose lives you want to change. The platform you choose must support this kind of experience. Breakout rooms can be implemented where professionals in one field can have more meaningful interactions and exchange pertinent information.
A virtual booth where attendees can view promotional items and give their feedback
A virtual booth serves as a one-stop-shop for attendees. Guests can grab supplementary material, perhaps flyers on different employers and postgraduate opportunities. They can also come in the form of posters, infographics, or even videos. Make sure they're easily viewable and downloadable! This virtual booth should also prompt attendees to provide feedback on their experience. Create simple surveys or polls that record answers, so you can view them later on. Some of the best survey questions to ask include "What was your single biggest takeaway?" and "How can we make the program better?" Their answers to these questions will identify your strengths and points of improvement, respectively. They're sure to help you in the planning and hosting of virtual events in the future! For conferences that are more engaging and interactive, check out Remo. It's a versatile platform where you can hold live, virtual events. Additionally, it's visually pleasing and easy to navigate design is built so that attendees can enjoy lectures and still have the opportunity to network. Book a guided tour and learn more about Remo today!