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Maximize Your Virtual Cyber Job Fair Experience
Our top tips to help you work a virtual cyber security job fair like a pro.
Virtual job fairs are a valuable tool in your cyber security job search, offering the ability to interact with multiple employers from the comfort of your home or location of your choice. Read these tips to stand out and make the most of your efforts.
1. Prepare Your Intro and Answers. Write a brief introduction for yourself as well as answers to commonly asked interview questions before chatting with recruiters. This is your chance to craft clear, concise responses about you, your experience, and your goals that you can easily copy and paste into the chat window.
2. Register and Upload Your Resume. Do a solid read-through of your resume before the event—employers prefer to hire someone who comes prepared. Create your profile and upload your resume after you receive your registration link to the Virtual Cyber Job Fair site from CyberSecJobs.com.
3. Be Ready With Questions. There are a number of factors that go into a job search. Log in before the event to research the participating employers, prioritize the booths, and prepare questions that are specific to each employer you hope to chat with. Thoughtful questions should be about the company culture and climate, their hiring process, professional and staff development, etc.
4. Review the Job Seeker Handbook. In your confirmation you’ll receive a link to the Job Seeker Handbook, which will also be available in our Information Booth during the event. The document details the employers and the jobs they’ll be seeking to fill during the virtual job fair.
5. Dress for Success. An employer may ask you to video or audio chat on the platform, so dress professionally and be prepared to be on camera in case an employer invites you to use this feature.
6. Check Your Tech. The virtual event is web based so downloads are not necessary. Make sure you’re using the most updated version of your browser and that you have a good internet connection. Here’s a service check link to make sure you can access the event without firewall or other issues.
During The Event
7. Initiate Chats With Employers. Each text-based chat is timed to maximize your ability to speak with multiple recruiters. Be succinct with your Q&A during your chat—keep your questions and answers short—sentences not paragraphs! When you first enter a chat know that the recruiter is reviewing your resume, so give them a moment.
8. Maximize Your Effort. It’s in your best interest as a job seeker to wait in as many chat lines as possible. Don’t worry, the software algorithm will automatically sort you to the next available line. While you wait, you can check out content the employer has provided in their booth, view resources in the content bar from the lobby, or even do work in another tab in your browser. You’ll hear an audible “ding” notification when it is your turn to chat, so make sure your sound is on.
9. Make This First Step Count. This is your first step in the interview process—an important one to learn more about what an employer looks for and if it matches your cyber security job search requirements. Be sure to ask about more than just what they’re hiring for!
10. Take Notes. You’ll be taken to a chat conclusion page when your conversation with an employer ends. This page will allow you to rate your chat and take notes about the representative or anything that was discussed.
11. Follow Up. We know how important follow-up is, so the software lets you connect after the event by saving conversations and contact details from each chat. This is where your chat history and diligent note taking will come in handy. If you were able to grab contact information, make sure to send follow-up and thank you emails after the Job Fair that emphasize your interest!