Looking for a job? Here’s your chance to connect with remote- and disability-friendly employers who have a slew of openings across a variety of fields.
On Sept. 28, My Employment Options is hosting a virtual job fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern. Admission is free and open to all, but job seekers with disabilities are especially welcome.
“The ideal candidate also includes anyone that is looking to return to work again, looking for a career change, has employment obstacles, was laid off or is curious about or looking for a work-at-home position,” said Lori Adler, spokesperson for My Employment Options. “The virtual job fair can be a great way to learn about major companies and network with employers without leaving home.”
Employers hiring at the event include:
- Bender Consulting Services
- Pearl Interactive Network
- Republic Services
- WR Systems
Those companies have full- and part-time job openings in administrative and clerical work; accounting; customer service; engineering; health and dental care; human resources; information technology; sales; transportation and more.
The event host, My Employment Options, is a national career-services company that partners with the Social Security Administration through the federal “Ticket to Work” program. It specializes in finding work-from-home jobs for recipients of SSI or SSDI payments.
The event itself is held on CareerEco’s website, a virtual career-event platform for job seekers and employers. Think of it as the venue. To attend, you’ll need a CareerEco account. In your profile, you’ll have space to share more information with employers, such as your resume and bio.
Preparing for the Sept. 28 Virtual Job Fair
New to virtual fairs? You’re not alone. CareerEco’s CEO Gayle Oliver-Plath spoke to us about the best ways to prepare for a virtual job fair. One of Oliver-Plath’s biggest pieces of advice was to take it as seriously as you would an in-person event. That includes formality.
“You have to be concerned with how you’re coming through in writing,” she told Codetic for our virtual job fair guide. “Do not use any language that you would use in a text” such as slang or acronyms. No Yups, Ks or LOLs.
Adler, of My Employment Options, seconded that advice. She also recommended double-checking where companies are hiring, even if it’s a remote position.
Here are some other big takeaways:
Do your homework.
Just because the job fair is online doesn’t make it any less crucial that you make a good impression. Come to the fair prepared with tailored questions for the hiring manager.
Take care of tech beforehand.
Is your account properly registered? Are your web browser and flash player up to date? Documents organized and ready to go? Don’t forget the motherlode of all tech issues: WiFi. Hardwire your computer with an ethernet cable if worse comes to worse.
If all goes well, a hiring manager might ask to interview you on-the-spot. So be dressed to impress. Make sure you are in a well-lit, distraction-free area where you can chat. It’s OK if that’s not the case, too. Explain that you are not in the best environment for an interview, and offer alternative times when you are available.
“We know many job seekers, especially this year, face various obstacles to employment or have barriers that make it hard to connect with recruiters directly,” Adler said. “[Our] virtual fairs can be a great way for job seekers to network.”
And even if you don’t find the perfect job at the event, it’s good practice. Virtual job fairs aren’t going away anytime soon.
Adam Hardy is a staff writer at Codetic. He covers the gig economy, entrepreneurship and unique ways to make money. Read his latest articles here, or say hi on Twitter @hardyjournalism.