Log on Thursday to this virtual job fair and you might just log off with a new work-from-home job.
My Employment Options is hosting a virtual career fair Oct. 11, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST through CareerEco, a virtual-job events company. The fair is geared toward job seekers interested in working from home. Both at-home and on-site positions are available for people with disabilities, as well.
Participating companies include ones we have written about for our Work-From-Home Jobs portal, such as Anthem, Concentrix, Convergys, Enterprise, Sitel, Sykes and TTEC. These employers are looking to fill jobs in accounting, customer service, finance, HR, IT, marketing, PR, sales and more. Positions are available in all 50 states.
While the event is open to all job seekers, those receiving Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are highly encouraged to attend. The host, My Employment Options, is a part of the federal “Ticket to Work” program that helps Social Security recipients find employment. Codetic has additional information on finding jobs for people with disabilities here.
What You Need to do Before the Online Career Fair
Here’s what you need to be prepared to attend.
Register an Account
First, you’ll need to create an account on CareerEco’s website. Don’t worry, that part takes only about a minute. Once you’re registered, you’ll have access to the schedule, a list of employers, and a personal profile. Make sure you fill in your profile before you attend the career fair.
Enter your details, including your resume, cover letter, education information and your social media handles (Instagram and LinkedIn). These are all optional, but we recommend uploading at least your resume and a cover letter (and maybe leaving out your Instagram). You may also upload your portfolio if you plan to apply to creative fields.
Write a Cover Letter
Again, this isn’t a requirement. But considering the event is virtual and nationwide, you may run into some stiff competition. A great way to stand out is a well written cover letter. Don’t know where to start? Our guide can help you craft a great one.
To really stand out, we recommend that you come prepared with two letters — one general letter that expresses interest in your preferred field and another one that’s tailored to your favorite employer at the event.
Treat It Like an In-Person Event
When the internet is involved, expect that something will go wrong. So make sure you have plenty of time to fix your Wi-Fi connection. Better yet? Plug in your ethernet cable to your computer to avoid those Wi-Fi woes altogether. Double-check that your web browser is up-to-date. The host recommends using the latest version of Google Chrome to access its portal.
Clothes are also important for both real and virtual events. Be prepared to go on-camera with some of the employers. While it is possible to coast through the full job fair without using your webcam, we think that the people who show their faces will make a better impression.
For additional information on the virtual job fair, visit the event’s info page.
Adam Hardy is a reporter, editorial assistant on Codetic’s jobs team. He’s done plenty of video interviews. His secret tips? Put a plant in the background and make sure your webcam is positioned at eye-level. Read his full bio here, or say hi on Twitter @hardyjournalism.