UMSL Fall Internship & Job Fair-Virtual Event

Friday, September 25, 2020 | 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. | Career Fair Plus App

This campus-wide, virtual event is for students and alumni from all academic programs and levels.  Discuss internship and job opportunities and connect and network with employers!

   

  1. Download the Career Fair Plus app on your mobile device to create your profile. 
  2. Upload your resume and review fair information through any mobile device or computer

VIRTUAL CAREER FAIR INFORMATION


Virtual career fairs are online events allowing 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 our upcoming virtual career fair to create an intuitive, user-friendly experience for students and employers.

First, download the Career Fair Plus App to your phone or mobile device. Click here to download to iOS, or click here to download for Android

Once you have the app, check out this video demo to see how it works!

  • Open the app. Navigate to the organization’s name (University of Missouri-St. Louis) and the fair you are attending (UMSL Fall 2020 Virtual Internship & Job Fair).

  • You may browse the employers attending the virtual fair without creating a Career Fair Plus account. UMSL Career Services recommends creating an account as soon as possible. When you're ready to start scheduling virtual appointments, you will be required to create an account and build your profile. Watch this video to see how.

  • IMPORTANT: When initially creating your Career Fair Plus account, you must enter an email address from an account within the UMSL domain (i.e, @umsl.edu, @umsystem.edu, @mail.umsl.edu).

    • If you are an alum and do not remember your UMSL domain email, contact the Technology Support Center (TSC) at 314-516-6034; helpdesk@umsl.edu.

    • You can update your email address to another email account after you create your profile. Once you update your email address, you cannot switch your email address again.

  • Build a complete profile including your resume and other relevant information. This is the profile employers will see when you make virtual appointments to meet them on the day of the fair, so you want to make a good impression!

  • If you do not have your resume on the device you are using to access the Career Fair Plus app, use the Resume/CV Upload Magic Link available in your profile on the app.

    • The resume upload link will be sent to the email address listed in your profile. This link expires upon your first resume upload or in 14 days.
    • If you need to update your resume, view your profile and tap the Send Resume/CV Upload Magic Link button again.
    • Note: only one resume can be stored in your Career Fair Plus profile.

Check Out the Career Fair Plus Web Portal

You MUST first use the Career Fair Plus app to create your profile and to interact within the web portal.

You may login to the web portal from any desktop or laptop, see all your appointments, and attend appointment(s) on fair day.

You can participate in the fair from your mobile device OR a laptop/desktop computer with a camera.

Watch this how-to video for more information on using the web portal: https://www.loom.com/share/437fd116e627477e9883b5d599a5ad74

Schedule advance virtual appointments to talk with employers virtually on the day of the fair.

  1. Select Employers, tap on name of the employer you would like to meet with and then tap on Virtual Appointments to see available schedules. IMPORTANT: you may reserve appointments starting on September 10, 2020 at 8 a.m.
  2. Select the recruiter’s schedule that you are interested in; employers may have multiple recruiters and schedule

  3. Select a time that works for you, and hit 'YES' to book the appointment slot.

If you are not signed in, you will be prompted to sign in. If you have not yet created an account, you must do so at this stage in order to schedule appointments. Watch this video to see how.

IMPORTANT: All Appointments are first-come, first-serve, so if there is an employer you want to meet with, BOOK EARLY!! Don't wait to book a time slot! Some employers may be able to accept same-day appointments on the day of the fair, but schedules often fill up quickly.

Even if you’ve already booked virtual appointments, do the following the day before the fair:

  1. Open the Career Fair Plus App or the web portal at https://app.careerfairplus.com/umsl_mo and log into your account
  2. Make sure you can access your virtual appointment schedule
  3. Check the interaction type listed under the schedule for each of your virtual appointments.


For Schedules using Video Meeting Rooms

IMPORTANT: If the interaction type says Video Meeting, the virtual appointment will take place in Career Fair Plus integrated video meeting room. In this case, please click Join Meeting from one of your scheduled virtual appointments and test that your video and microphone are working. You may need to grant/request permissions if it is the first time you are using the platform. If you have any technical questions, please contact Career Fairs Plus directly at support@careerfairplus.com


For Schedules without Video Meeting Rooms

Check the interaction type, so you know what to expect on the day of the fair, whether it's a phone call, or a platform outside of the Career Fair Plus App (Zoom, Skype, etc.). If there are additional instructions provided on the schedule for candidates, these might give further details about how you can expect the recruiter to contact you.

On the day of the fair, follow these three simple steps:

  1. Log into the app or the web portal at https://app.careerfairplus.com/umsl_mo and sign into your account
  2. Access your virtual appointment schedule and meet with employers
  3. Use the app to help you track your virtual appointments and make notes

Here is a video walk-through of a virtual fair using Career Fair Plus’ video meeting rooms.

If you have any technical questions, please contact Career Fair Plus directly at support@careerfairplus.com. UMSL Career Services will also be available for non-technical questions on the day of the fair.

DETAILS | IN DEPTH VIRTUAL CAREER FAIR PLATFORM INFORMATION

Glossary of Commonly Used Terms

Profile: Your profile contains your contact information (email, phone), as well as basic details about your educational background (major, graduation date, etc.). You will also be able to upload a resume to share with employers within your profile. To book virtual appointments to meet with employers at the career fair, you must create a profile in the Career Fair Plus App.

 

Recruiter: Individual representing a specific company at the virtual fair. Recruiters manage their own schedules, which is why you may see multiple schedules per employer.

 

Virtual Appointments: Virtual appointments are times you reserve to speak with an employer on the day of the fair. These appointments are typically completed via video, but could also include phone conversations. This can also be referred to as a time slot.  For example, a 10:00 virtual appointment with Company XYZ means you will speak with a recruiter from Company XYZ at that time. Appointments are typically 10 minutes long, but could be longer or shorter in length. These are not employment interviews!  Virtual appointments are quick conversations similar to what might happen at an in-person career fair.

 

Schedules: Schedules are times during which an employer is available for a virtual appointment on the day of the fair. For example, an employer may be available at 10:15, 11:30, and 1:15 for a virtual appointment.


How do I upload my resume?

Since Career Fair Plus is only available via app, you can import your resume from your desktop computer through a link provided by Career Fair Plus. You may also upload a profile picture using this same method.


What should I do if I have technical difficulties during the fair?

Contact support@careerfairplus.com

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. Your research should help you ask engaging questions when meeting with employers during the fair. The Career Fair Plus App contains a link to the employer website. 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 & LinkedIn

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 virtual 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.

Also make sure that your LinkedIn profile is updated, in sync with your resume, and professional. Click here to watch a video on using LinkedIn. Adding your LinkedIn URL to your Career Fair Plus profile is a great way to set yourself apart as a fair candidate.


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. Even though you won’t be interviewing at the virtual fair, consider practicing your interview skills with Big Interview.


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 virtual appointments.


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.