Virtual Summer Recruitment Fair: What you need to know
Our annual summer fair is taking place on Wednesday 5 May 10.30am - 2.30pm. We know you are all used to doing things online now, but we thought it would be helpful to answer some of your questions about attending an online fair.
Do I need to book a place?
Yes - to make the most of the fair we advise booking in advance. This will enable you to view the exhibitors attending, book 1:1 slots and will make your experience on the day go more smoothly.
What is an online fair like?
A bit like a traditional fair, all the exhibitors will have a stand, where you will be able to find out more about their organisation, view their live roles and ways you can engage with them during the fair.
Maria explains more about how the online fair works and walks you through the platform in this video.
Is the fair suitable for all years?
The fair is a good opportunity to look for a graduate job, internship, or placement, and is also a space to research careers areas.
Here are some tips for what you can do before the fair, on the day and afterwards to make the most of the day.
Things to think about before the fair
Research the exhibitors
Once you have booked onto the fair, have a look at all the exhibitors attending. Make sure you click the ‘Find out more’ box to read more about each one. You will also be able to view their live vacancies through the fair platform.
As well as attending employer presentations, you are now also able to book 1-2-1 chats with employers. These sessions are 10 minutes long and can be booked in advance on a first-come-first-served basis. Check the ‘Chat with Team’ links for further information. Please note that some exhibitors will be running only group sessions.
For exhibitors you are particularly interested in, also have a look at their website. This will help you come up with useful questions on the day.
Use the fair to find out about companies that you have not heard of, and sectors that you had not considered previously. You may find sources of careers inspiration by doing this. If you are a student who has no set idea about what you want to do, visit as many employers as you can. This will give you a great understanding of the types of jobs that are out there.
Make sure your IT is working
Most of the exhibitors will be using MS Teams, Zoom and WebEx on the day. Make sure these platforms are all working on your device. You can contact IT Services for any help with this. They have a live chat function on this page.
Update your CV and LinkedIn profiles
Many of the exhibitors will have live vacancies that they are actively looking to recruit for. You can research this in advance. Update your CV so that it is tailored to your preferred type of roles. Remember that you can have several versions of your CV if you are interested in different roles.
It is also very normal to ask someone you meet at a fair if you can connect with them on LinkedIn. So ensure that your LinkedIn profile is up to date.
We have resources to help you with your CV and LinkedIn in the resources section below. You can also book appointments to get your CV or LinkedIn profiles checked.
Make a plan for the day
Many of the exhibitors will have timed presentations and slots that can be booked in advance. Make a plan, so that you visit and book onto everything that you'd like to. Make sure you have this written down to avoid any clashes. There is no need to attend for the entire day, and a plan will help with this. Make sure you factor breaks in, this will enable you to re-energise and continue to positively engage with others throughout the day.
Check your appearance
If it’s been a while since you spoke to others outside of your immediate circle, or since you have been in a workplace setting, do take the time to ensure you look professional.
- Writing Effective CVs and Covering Letters
- CV360 - an automatic CV checker
- A guide to LinkedIn
- CV appointments and LinkedIn checks
If you're a final year undergraduate student, you can find out more about how to boost your employability and the support available on our Dear Class of 2021 webpage.