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A job fair in New York City, March 2009
A job fair, also referred commonly as a career fair or career expo, is a fair or exposition for employers, recruiters, and schools to meet with prospective job seekers. Job seekers use this opportunity to meet with them and attempt to stand out from other people and get an overview of what it’s like to work for a company or a sector that seem interesting to them. Career Expositions usually include company or organization tables or booths where resumes can be collected and business cards can be exchanged. In colleges, job fairs are commonly used for entry-level job recruitment. Often sponsored by career centers, job fairs provide a convenient location for students to meet employers and perform first interviews. This is also an opportunity for companies to meet with students and talk to them about their expectations from them as students and answer their potential questions such as the degree or work experience needed.
Wikipedia’s definition of an online job fair is “...an online version of a traditional job fair”. Online job fairs offer many of the same conveniences of regular career fairs. An online job fair uses a virtual platform which allows employers to discuss with potential new nominees for the job they’re offering. This is a way of interacting with them virtually and practical to get to know who they are. A virtual career fair include many services such as video, live chats, downloadable material and many more to make it the more helpful both for the recruiter and the job seeker. After having applied online to positions, many more people are also trying their luck with in-person job fairs. They are many ways of succeeding in a virtual job fairs, but here are some of the key elements. First of all, don’t sign up to any online fair just because it seems interesting. Do some research, find out about the ones that seem interesting to you and look for the positions you would be suitable for. Secondly since it’s online, you will be online and on video with recruiters so think about the room you're going to be in and make sure it looks clean. You’re outfit is also important even on a virtual interview. Everything you would think about for a face to face interview in an office for example applies here : All of your papers should be ready to run around the house looking for them, seat correctly like if you were in an office. Everything counts even virtually!  One example of an online career platform is the American Chemistry society virtual fair. Their idea is to set up a platform accessible to both employers and job seekers anywhere in the world. The idea is to create live video interviews, live chats as well as live conferences. The employer can then talk to the candidate of his choice either live or then he have the possibility to follow up with him or her. This a great example of a virtual career fair and it shows it’s conveniency.