Resume Mania!
Tuesday August 24 through Wednesday September 15
Get your resume ready for the UMSL Fall 2021 Virtual Internship & Job Fair on Friday, September 17, 2021!

Send your resume to: resumemania@umsl.edu for a review.
A Career Counselor will review your resume and have it back to you within two working days.

 

Virtual Career Fair Prep Sessions

Virtual career fairs allow employers and students to meet in virtual environments like video chat rooms or voice calls. UMSL Career Services will be working with Career Fair Plus to host the UMSL Fall 2021 Virtual Internship & Job Fair on Friday, September 17, 2021. Don’t wait to prepare for the fair! This 30 minute Zoom session will help you learn more about the Career Fair Plus app and how to successfully navigate a virtual career fair. Click on one of the above dates to register.  A Zoom link will be emailed to you the day before your session.  

 

 Virtual Career fair prep

Career Fair Plus Training and Materials

For additional Career Fair Plus training materials and videos, please use this link.

 

Employer Research

Once you are familiar with the virtual fair technology, another important way to prepare for a virtual fair is researching the employers attending the fair. The Career Fair Plus App contains a link to the employer website. Your research should help you ask engaging questions when meeting with employers during the fair. Click here to view a video detailing how to best research employers.

In determining companies of interest, be open-minded.  Do not solely concentrate on “big names” or large organizations. There are often great opportunities with companies with which you are not familiar. Explore every possible avenue.

 

Resume

A resume that is polished along with your conversation with the employer is pivotal to virtual career fair success. Career Services can assist you in creating a well-written, error-free resume. Avoid waiting until the last minute to polish your resume. To schedule appointments to meet with recruiters on the day of the fair (which is recommended), you will need to submit a copy of your resume.

 

The good news is that for a virtual fair, you can keep a copy of your resume readily available for you to reference as you are interacting with employers. You may jot down notes as well.

 

Look the Part

Dress in professional business attire, at least from the waist up. Even with a virtual fair, you want to present a polished appearance. Just make sure not to stand up if you choose to wear a “Zoom mullet,” aka business clothes on top, pajama pants on the bottom.

 

Nonverbal communication is also important. Consider your “on-camera” body language and eye contact. Click here to watch a video on virtual networking.

 

 

Meeting Employers at a Virtual Career Fair

After selecting employers to contact at the career fair, prepare an elevator pitch summarizing your professional background, skills, and interests.  This will create a smooth start to your conversation. Click here to view a video on how to create an elevator pitch.

 

Select a distraction free environment with strong internet/cell service for your time at the fair. This may help prevent technology glitches that could interrupt your employer meetings.

 

Follow Up

The time you have with a recruiter will be brief.  In closing your conversation, be sure to learn the next step and inquire how to follow up. You can use this information to follow up with a short thank you letter or email thanking the employer for the introduction to their organization and to initiate contact with another representative if applicable.

 

Do not be surprised if the employer asks you to go online to complete an application and/or submit a resume.  Due to employment laws and/or the sheer volume of resumes employers receive, applying online is quite common.  For some employers, every candidate— even an internal one--must apply online.