To register, click on the link below:
NOTE: Credit card payment required in advance – we no longer accept payment by check.
Unable to attend? Purchase the Candidate Database for access to ALL resumes for ONLY $100.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
When is the Virtual RVA Career Expo?
The RVA Career Expo is going virtual via Zoom and will take place over a four-day period, Tuesday October 13th – Friday, October 16th, 2020.
What time is the RVA Career Expo?
Each day will consist of two breakout sessions from 12:30pm – 2pm and 2:30pm – 4pm. Your company’s representative(s) will attend both sessions on the day you are assigned. Please sign onto the Zoom account at least 10 minutes before each session begins.
What day should I register my company for?
Each day is broken down by industry. Please sign up for the day that best aligns with your industry. Please note that there is a limit of 30 employers who can participate each day. Registrations are on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Tuesday: Construction, Manufacturing, Scientific, IT
Wednesday: Finance, Insurance, Retail, Sales, Marketing
Thursday: Health, Wellness, Hospitality, General
Friday: Public Sector, Government, Education, Public Safety
What technology do I need to participate in the RVA Career Expo?
To attend the RVA Career Expo, you will need: a desktop computer, laptop computer, tablet or smartphone; webcam and microphone; Chrome or Firefox browser; and the login link to the Zoom account, which will be provided in an email after you register.
How will I know which breakout room to join in Zoom?
Each employer will have their own breakout room in Zoom, which will be built out for you before the event. On the day of, the Expo will begin with each employer giving a short introduction and company overview. Then you will be placed into your breakout room. The RVA Career Expo team will host a one-hour Zoom runthrough a week before the event to ensure certainty on the day-of.
How much does the RVA Career Expo cost?
The registration fee is $400. If you are unable to attend, you can still access our Candidate Database with ALL resumes for only $100.
How many job seekers can attend each session?
A maximum of 125 job seekers can attend each session with a total of 250 job seekers each day.
Will the job seekers indicate what companies they are looking to meet beforehand?
Yes. When the job seekers register, they will complete a full profile with their resume and the first company they would like to meet during each session. When each job seeker joins Zoom, they will be initially placed into their first choice employer breakout room. Then they have free reign to switch employers as many times as they’d like during each session.
Can I view job seeker candidate resumes beforehand?
Yes! All resumes are in the Candidate Database, which will be emailed to you. The Candidate Database is refreshed with new resumes up until midnight on the beginning of the Expo week. Access continues after the event as well.
How should I best prepare for the RVA Career Expo?
The RVA Career Expo team will send you emails with tips and best practices on how to best prepare for a virtual career fair. You may want to include a short PowerPoint presentation with a brief explanation of your company, including a list of open positions.
What if I have technical issues during the event?
Customer service and help desk personnel will be available during each session, simply by text message or via the Zoom Chat function.
Is there an option for private interviews?
Yes. Opportunities to meet privately with candidates one-on-one in separate Zoom break-out rooms can be done by signaling the host facilitator during the session.
What if I have additional questions?
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any additional questions you may have.
TIPS TO PREPARE FOR A VIRTUAL EXPO
Select and Assign the Right Representatives
- Consider having at least two recruiters in your breakout room.
- Reps should be personable, outgoing, knowledgeable and passionate about your company and job openings.
- Reps should be willing to seek out & engage job seekers, not wait passively to be approached.
Make Sure Your Company and Recruiters Stand Out
- Make sure your reps are easily identifiable—wear a badge or a shirt with your company logo.
- Make your breakout room memorable. This is a great opportunity to brand your company.
- Use backdrops, PowerPoints and other digital tools to attract job seekers.
Identify Your Job Opportunities
- Be prepared to provide a list of open positions for which you are recruiting. At a minimum, list the types of jobs for which you typically hire.
- Provide a digital list of open jobs for candidates to write down or get emailed to.
- Ensure that your reps know about, and are able to talk knowledgeably about your positions.
Advertise Your Participation in the Expo
- Tap into your company’s marketing resources to get the word out that you will be at the Virtual Expo. Draw more job seekers to your breakout room by letting the world know that you will be there.
- Make use of your company’s social networking tools (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.) to announce your participation in the event.
Build Your Brand and Reputation
- “No one accepted my resume.” “Everyone told me to apply online.” “Why did I bother to come?” These are sentiments we often hear from job seekers.
- Change the perception and make your company stand out at the same time by considering ways to make job seekers feel great about your company and their interaction with you.
- Don’t just send job seekers to your website! Ultimately, they may have to apply online, but consider taking steps to ensure job seekers feel they made good use of their time:
- Utilize a sign-in log to record candidates’ contact info.
- Use our Candidate Database to review and follow up with those you met after the event.
Break the Ice
- To help make candidates comfortable and to gather valuable information, ask questions like:
- “What is your area of expertise?”
- “What types of careers are you interested in?”
- “What motivated you to come to the RVA Career Expo?”
- If you are able to accept them, DO. This alone makes many job seekers feel their participation in the Expo was worth it.
- Getting their resumes into the hands of an employer is much more personal and satisfying than applying anonymously online.
- If you can’t accept resumes, take a few minutes to explain why. You don’t want top prospects to think you are not interested in them.
- You know it’s nothing personal. Explain it to them.
Don’t Leave Early
- Unless you absolutely have to, don’t be tempted to leave your breakout room early.
- It is very disappointing for job seekers to arrive to your breakout room and you aren’t there. Some make a tremendous effort to attend.
Aggressively Schedule Interviews
- Job seekers are eager to get the hiring process going.
- To have your pick of top candidates, schedule those interviews ASAP.