This Virtual Job Fair on April 13 is Specific to Disabled Workers
Good news for disabled job seekers is right around the corner.
Numerous major employers will be on hand for a virtual job fair on April 13 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m ET. The event is open to experienced and early-career job seekers with disabilities nationwide.
Sixty-six companies are participating, representing industries from health and medicine, banking, communications, government and many more. Some of the more well-known employers in attendance include Wells Fargo, CVS, Cox Enterprises, Travelers Insurance, the federal Treasury Department, United Heath and the IRS.
The event is hosted through job fair platform CareerEco. Attendees will need to create a free account and log in to register and attend the virtual job fair. Once you have created an account, you can upload your resume and/or portfolio samples. You’ll also be able to browse the participating employers and check a box to express interest in that company.
Each organization has its virtual room in which candidates can enter and ask questions or request a private conversation with a company representative.
CareerEco has provided a 6-minute event day tutorial video to help attendees prepare for the event.
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Getting Prepared For Your Virtual Job Fair
If you’ve never attended a virtual job fair, there are important steps to take ahead of the event. Here are some highlights.
1. Plan ahead
Do the proper legwork to make sure you’re ready. Just because it’s a virtual job fair, that doesn’t mean it should be treated any differently. Make sure your resume, cover letters, and any other portfolio items are ready to go and be uploaded.
2. Make sure your technology is ready
Wi-Fi. Wi-Fi. Wi-Fi. Of course, you want your computer camera and microphone to be in working order. But everyone knows the internet can be finicky, so be sure your Wi-Fi is on point the morning of the virtual fair.
3. Wear Pants
Seriously, treat your virtual interview just like an in-person interview. Make eye contact. Speak clearly. And when using the virtual fair’s messaging system, be sure to type professionally – no “yups” or “Ks.”
Robert Bruce is a senior writer for The Penny Hoarder.