Where are all the workers, and can virtual hiring and remote work bring them back?

Workers are quitting their jobs in record numbers. As the economy rebounds and more jobs are available, the competition for those workers continues to increase.

What is your Human Resources department doing to get and stay in front of the hiring curve?

As a virtual hiring event platform, we’ve seen a massive difference in companies that have quickly pivoted and added virtual job fairs to their hiring strategy.

Not only is virtual hiring more efficient and effective, but it also provides an option that today’s workforce is demanding, and that option is flexibility.

Companies that host virtual hiring events show candidates that they are, first and foremost, more innovative than the competition. We’re not talking about a video interview on Zoom; we’re talking about an actual online job fair, where candidates get to learn more about the company, see all of the jobs available, and meet with their local recruiters.

Hiring virtually and offering remote positions shows that the company is setting a foundation for the future and not just reacting to the social distancing forced by the Pandemic.

The Pandemic proved that remote workforces are as much, if not more productive than the in-office culture, and workers don’t feel the need to rush back to the office. The reduction in commute time, travel and meal expenses, and less need for childcare are huge benefits that will make the difference when a candidate has those options.

As the workforce considers their options, it’s the flexibility they want most, even more than the typical benefits package that was once the lure to attract qualified workers. The work-life balance has never been more important than it is now, and virtual hiring and work have proven in many ways to increase that.

Employers competing for labor have raised wages, offered additional bonuses and added benefits. These measures are working, but when combined with the flexibility of meeting recruiters online and offering remote work, the results have been highly positive.

What plans do you have in place as the workplace demands continue to evolve?

If your company or organization is struggling to hire, it might be time to look at those key areas and see if you’re competitive.

  • Salary
  • Bonuses
  • Flexibility / Remote Hiring and Remote Work.

If you do not set your company up now for remote hiring and to facilitate a remote workforce, you may soon be obsolete.

Employers do not hold the cards anymore, the weight has shifted to the workforce, and the pendulum is not likely to come back anytime soon.

Before the Pandemic, this change was in the making, but the Pandemic accelerated the adoption rate by 3 to 5 years. If your company has embraced this change and pivoted to accommodate the virtual world we live in, it will be in a much better place to succeed moving forward.

If your company is fighting the change and believes it will all ‘return to normal’ be forewarned, you are making a mistake and you will continue to lose out to the competition on the most qualified candidates for your positions.

The time to go virtual is now; let us show you how.

Premier Virtual – ‘Hiring Happens Here!’

Virtual Hiring Is the Future: Premier Virtual Tackles ATS Discrimination With Virtual Hiring Rooms

A recent Harvard Business report revealed that ATS, which is an applicant tracking system, is responsible for blocking or disqualifying many qualified applicants. 

This system, which ranks relevant keywords, skills, degrees, credentials, responsibilities and other qualities that indicate to a hiring manager or recruiter that the applicant is qualified for the position has been deemed impersonal, and quite frankly unfair to applicants who don’t know how to use such keywords. 

The online virtual job and career fair platform Premier Virtual has an innovative solution to this complex problem. 

Virtual hiring rooms. That’s right. The future-focused technology company has positioned itself as a go-to company to help employers create virtual hiring rooms to make job hunting more personal and fair. 

Now, hiring managers can meet candidates in a virtual hiring room. Think of it as a 24/7 office that can be linked to your company’s job listings. This allows company recruiters to schedule an ‘open-house on set days and times where candidates can meet and chat.  If there is a fit, the recruiter can enter into a pre-screening interview, and then decide if the candidate should be scheduled for a more formal interview. 

This tool has proven to reduce time to hire from an average of 30 days to just over 7 days.  

What’s included in a virtual hiring room? Here’s what you can expect:

  • Fully Customizable Hiring Room
  • Live Reporting During Events
  • Video Interviews
  • Candidate Matching Based on Experience
  • Registration Setup Wizard
  • Ability to Host Webinar
  • Built-in Text and Email Reminders
  • API to Integrate with Current ATS Systems
  • Candidate “Journey” with Ability to Rank Companies and Track Their Progress in the Event
  • Organization ability to tag candidates before an event to show interest and schedule interview

Premier Virtual is the no. 1 virtual career fair platform in the industry, with nearly 200 Workforce Development Boards choosing the company for online career and hiring events. 

Don’t let the ATS systems choose your candidates for you, take back control of the hiring process with your own virtual hiring room.

Host Virtual Hiring Events With Premier Virtual

Premier Virtual fosters innovation and strives to provide solutions to complex virtual problems. Through building relationships based on integrity, trust, honesty, transparency and teamwork, the tech-forward company always gets the job done.

If your company would like to host a virtual hiring event, contact Premier Virtual today. 

Choose Hybrid for Your Hiring Efforts: Premier Virtual Explains the Benefits

The world is going hybrid. Are you ready? 

 

Premier Virtual is, and with its future-focused technology, its team plans to lead the charge. 

 

Talking in-person or virtual. Which one do you want to do? There’s no need to choose one when you can do both.

 

Why? Because the advantages outweigh the disadvantages. 

 

Future-focused technology company Premier Virtual supports the push for hybrid events, meaning, in-person events should also incorporate a virtual platform for the best of both worlds. 

 

Premier Virtual recently executed a case study to see how many people would show up for an in-person versus virtual hiring event at South Florida Tech Hub.  

 

There were less than 100 in-person attendees, but there were more than 500 virtual attendees. By offering both options, they were able to expand their candidate pool and employers were able to meet candidates in person and on the virtual platform.

 

The benefits don’t end there. Choosing a hybrid route when it comes to the hiring process prevents ATS systems from weeding out qualified candidates. 

 

A recent Harvard Business report revealed that ATS, which is an applicant tracking system, is responsible for blocking or disqualifying many qualified applicants. How? 

 

By ranking relevant keywords, skills, degrees, credentials, responsibilities, and other qualities that indicate to a hiring manager or recruiter that the applicant is qualified for the position. This becomes an issue because some applicants can get lost in the ample applications that are coming through the system. 

 

A hybrid option resolves these issues by allowing hiring managers to take matters into their own hands. They can meet candidates in what Premier Virtual calls a “virtual hiring room.” 

 

With the company’s technology, recruiters are able to schedule an ‘open-house on set days and times where candidates can meet and chat with recruiters.  If there is a fit, the recruiter can enter into a pre-screening interview, and then decide if the candidate should be scheduled for a more formal interview.

 

Given the circumstances of the past two years, we can no longer solely rely on in-person hiring career fairs and events. Virtual hiring is the future, and companies should start preparing for it. 

Choose Premier Virtual for Online Hiring Events

Premier Virtual fosters innovation and strives to provide solutions to complex virtual problems. Through building relationships based on integrity, trust, honesty, transparency, and teamwork, the tech-forward company always gets the job done.  If your company would like to host a virtual hiring event, contact Premier Virtual today.

Attract More Qualified Job Candidates with Virtual Interview Days

Many employers continue to struggle to attract and hire qualified candidates.
There are many different issues at play, but one thing is certain; a bad hire can cost a company an average of 240,000! – based on a study by Link Humans that was shared by SHRM.org
The astronomical costs are a result of many different factors. Here is what the SHRM report cited:
Calculating the Cost of a Bad Hire
The cost of recruiting, hiring, and onboarding a new employee can be as much as $240,000, according to Jörgen Sundberg, CEO of Link Humans, an employer branding agency in London. There are extra costs incurred when that person turns out to be a poor fit, not the least of which may involve finding a replacement. Brandon Hall Group, a human capital research, and analyst firm based in Delray Beach, Fla., identified several variables that go into calculating the cost to replace a bad hire. They include:
  • Recruitment advertising fees and staff time.
  • Relocation and training fees for replacement hires.
  • The negative impact on team performance.
  • The disruption to incomplete projects.
  • Lost customers.
  • Outplacement services.
  • Weakened employer brand.
  • Litigation fees.
While this number may surprise you if you own a company or are responsible for hiring, you know that any bad hire is a drain on your budget and often can have consequences on morale for the entire organization.
To compound the problem, a tight labor market often forces recruiters to make hasty hiring decisions. A warm seat is better than an empty seat is the mentality, and you hope to be able to train up the new hire into a good fit.
Another study by CareerBuilder points out that hiring managers can be so desperate to hire, they overlook glaring issues and offer the job anyway. It’s not always the candidate’s fault or the candidate trying to cheat on the application; it is often a poorly trained recruiter not asking all the right questions in a rush.
So, how do hiring managers attract more qualified candidates?

 

Expanding the talent pool leads to more resumes and the likelihood of interviewing more qualified candidates. When you have a larger selection, there’s a much better chance that you will find the best candidate for the position.
The traditional route of posting an opening on job boards and in-person job fairs seems to deliver the same job seekers. Companies finding success have begun to incorporate virtual hiring events and have introduced “Virtual Interview Days”, to the hiring strategy.

These virtual interview days have been a game-changer. They have revealed the pent-up frustration of qualified job candidates that apply for jobs and never hear back from the employer. All of them agree it’s better to get a ‘no’ than a no-answer. This frustration has reduced the number of job-seekers willing to send applications to job openings they believe they’ll never hear back. Instead, they seek the more secure referral or networking route, where they know they’ll be heard and will also hear back.

That’s precisely why Virtual Interview Days are so powerful. Candidates that apply realize they will at least get an opportunity to chat with the recruiter. On the Premier Virtual hiring event platform, If that chat goes well, the recruiter can invite the candidate into a video interview. This pre-screening process gives the recruiter an excellent opportunity to see if the candidate is a good match and if a formal interview needs to be scheduled. Of course, if the fit is right, the recruiter can make a job offer on the spot so that the candidate does not go back into the search and potentially lose the candidate to another job offer.
Dana Morrison, the Teacher Recruitment Manager at the East Baton Rouge Parish School System, has experienced virtual interview days’ most significant success. After just one week, they made five new hires and are very happy with the people they are attracting. The strategy has proven so successful; they are running a virtual interview day every Tuesday in October from 1 pm-3 pm. Candidates can now plan around those days and times, get their profiles ready, and recruiters can meet them virtually.

 

Premier Virtual, a future-focused hiring event platform, recognized this potential and offers this ‘virtual hiring room’ as a stand-alone option for innovative companies that prefer this option to career fairs or hiring events. By incorporating the link of a Virtual Interview Day to your job posting, not only do you receive the resumes of interested candidates, you get to chat with them and see them during the virtual interview day. Plus, the virtual hiring room is open 24/7, so candidates can stop in anytime, learn more about the company, and submit their resumes anytime for the recruiter to follow up.

 

It’s what Premier virtual has said all along, ‘Hiring Happens Here’.

 

If you are interested in learning more about your own 24/7 virtual hiring room or how you can host a virtual interview day, please schedule a free demo at www.PremierVirtual.com.

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Why Hiring The Right Employees Is Crucial, With Virtual Hiring Platform Premier Virtual

Today’s job market is an ever-changing, evolving, and rather difficult to navigate place for both employers and job seekers. Employers struggle to find reliable, qualified candidates, and for employees, finding an employer that is going to support them the right way is also a challenge. Creating that perfect match of a perfect employer and ideal employee is a challenge that has been at the forefront of the motivation that drives the team behind Virtual Premier. CEO Steven Edwards has worked in the job and career fair and event industry for over a decade, connecting companies with candidates, both in person and in the virtual space. 

Edwards successfully embarked on the path of entrepreneurship and business ownership himself over a decade ago and knows firsthand how vital having the right team is. Employees can make or break a business, as they are representatives of both the brand and the owner. These are trusted individuals who are there not only to better their own lives, but to help your company run efficiently, and thrive. Recruiting, hiring, and retaining the right employees, keeping them motivated to continue to work for your brand and organization, and moving the business forward starts with how accessible the job is, and how many qualified candidates one can reach. This means not simply throwing an ad up on online job boards. Career fairs have long been the best place to find a large pool of candidates and going online with that concept has only broadened the range of people an employer can connect with.  

A good hire can increase productivity, build a positive company culture, inspire innovation, and connect with the team that already exists. It is more than a process of simply looking over a resume or checking an online profile. Social skills, personality, and long-term goals and aspirations all play a part in who an employee is and how well they will serve your company. Happy employees drive revenue and can reduce operating costs, and are the lifeblood of driving your brand, reputation, and customer loyalty. On the opposite foot, the wrong candidate, or simply settling for the first person who seems like a fit can lead to a catastrophe down the line.  

There are some things that employers can do when looking for a new hire that can streamline the process and yield a higher number of well-rounded potential candidates. The first part of that is crafting a candidate-centered job description. This is not a one-sided process, and any prospective employee wants to know that they are a good fit as well and are getting involved with an organization that is aligned with their values, goals, and long-term career trajectory.  

Relying on free, local, and mass job sites is not going to yield the best candidates, so investigate hosting your own career fair or job event. With platforms like Premier Virtual, employers can create a customized event, with assessments, tasks, and pre-event vetting processes, ensuring that they find and meet with candidates that have true potential and fit what the company needs. Every candidate will have unique strengths they can contribute and get to know them properly during the hiring process fosters a better connection, and a happier workplace in the long term.  

Premier Virtual is the number one workforce development site in every state, dedicated to building the strongest connections between employers and top job candidates. As a veteran Edwards has long been dedicated to helping others and continues to do so through his company, “Our platform is opening up opportunities for people, those that might not have been able to apply for these jobs, people from all over the world, connecting companies with top-level talent. This is bettering people’s lives, every day.”

Connect on the company website, https://premiervirtual.com to learn more about how Premier Virtual leads the way in employee recruitment and hiring for companies large and small worldwide.

 

Showcase Your City with a ‘Live, Work, Play’ Virtual Expo!

Many cities across the U.S. are looking for ways to attract new companies, events, and residents. There is also the very real challenge posed by the Pandemic, which has many employers struggling to hire.

An innovative option is now being considered that offers employers, as well as local travel and tourism boards, and real estate companies to showcase their wares. This option is a ‘Live, Work, Play’, Virtual Expo!

By combining these three areas, you’re able to bring together the best of what your city has to offer, all in one place. Best of all, anyone can attend from anywhere in the world! This is a great opportunity for companies and families that are looking to relocate and are considering a move to your city. The virtual expo allows them to see what career opportunities are available, and meet with those recruiters on the spot! They can also view all of the ‘real’, real-estate openings and speak with realtors. While there, they’ll want to know all of the fun and exciting things your city has to offer, and that’s where your travel and tourism board comes in. Attendees will leave with a much better appreciation of what it will be like to live in your town, and it will be a great resource for residents that already live there as well.

It’s a classic, WIN-WIN-WIN!

To find out how your city or municipality can host a Live, Work, Play Virtual Expo, simply fill out a free demo form on this site, and one of our representatives will contact you immediately. We look forward to showcasing your town!

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Premier Virtual Powers Record-Breaking Virtual Job Fair!

From August 16th through August 20th, the State of Massachusetts held a state-wide virtual hiring event that broke all previous records!

  • 1,679 Employers 
  • 17,323 Attendees
  • 46,709 Job Postings
  • 1.3M Booth Views

Our goal at Premier Virtual is to make it as efficient as possible for employers to connect with qualified job candidates, and this is a great example of how our platform does that.  These numbers could never have been achieved in an in-person event, and quite frankly, the larger the turnout of an in-person event, the more difficult it is to manage effectively.

Employers and attendees reported how easy the platform was to use, and how they made quality connections, and job offers were made on the spot!

Learn how your school, company, or organization can do the same by scheduling a free demo today.

The Future of Hiring is Here Now!

Why Virtual Career Fairs Are The Future For Job Seekers And Employers Alike, From Premier Virtual

Most employers these days expect potential employees to connect online, and the virtual career or job fair has become a highly utilized tool in the global business world. Prior to COVID-19, some companies held virtual or hybrid career fairs, however, the standard of most industries was to host an organization-based, or industry-specific in-person career fair. COVID-19 forced things to accelerate rapidly, and online recruitment and hiring became the norm. Now, as the business world starts to recover, the virtual career fair is here to stay. 

Premier Virtual, led by CEO Steve Edwards, has developed an innovative, customizable virtual event platform that led the way when industry worldwide had to learn how to operate solely in the digital space. Premier Virtual has powered 2,500 virtual job fairs, connecting 25,000 employers to over 250,000 job seekers, and believes that this new frontier is the best of both worlds, benefiting job seekers and employers alike. 

For employers the benefits of a virtual career or job fair are plentiful: 

  • Virtual job fair events draw a larger number of applicants and can reach a greater geographical area, bringing in a more diverse group of candidates. Virtual job fairs have a higher rate of attendance 70% than in-person events, 50% according to data from Brazen.
  • Virtual job fairs embrace technology and forward-thinking, which can lend itself to a positive company image and brand reputation.  
  • More efficient use of time, virtual events require far less planning and setup, do not require extra staff, there are no extras like catering, parking, etc. 
  • Far more organized, ability to streamline the process and target candidates with specific qualities and skills. As well, virtual career fairs will attract candidates that are comfortable with technology and working in the digital space. 
  • Allows for a more targeted applicant pool and sets up a larger network and pipeline of potential employees for future positions. 
  • Less costly than in-person events, very low overhead, and a good return on investment. 

For job seekers, the virtual job fair has become a very welcome alternative to the long lines, confusion, lack of focus, and chaos often experienced at an in-person career event. Along with convenience there are several reasons job seekers are on board with the transition to virtual career fairs: 

  • Less time consuming, and far more convenient., making these events more accessible to people who may not otherwise have time or the means to attend. Rather than a trip across town, they can log in and join in from a place and time that works for them. 
  • Many candidates find in-person career fair events to be very stressful, full of anxiety, and with a lot of pressure to make a perfect first impression. Taking away that level of stress of meeting in person has been a welcome change for many job seekers, allowing them to feel more comfortable, and make more genuine connections with prospective employers. 
  • Improved candidate experience and more engagement from candidates before events, as well as two-way interaction, allowing candidates to be more involved. 
  • Virtual career fairs are far more reliable than job boards, and allow candidates to vet potential employers, and learn about them before interviewing. 

Premier Virtual is the number one workforce development site in every state; the company is dedicated to lead the way, break new ground, and set the bar for virtual career fairs worldwide. Learn more and connect with the Premier Virtual team on the company website, https://premiervirtual.com.  

Virtual Career Fairs: The New Hiring Standard

The Entrepreneur MBA Podcast

PRESS RELEASE

August 10th, 2021

Virtual Career Fairs: The New Hiring Standard, Featuring Steve Edwards on The Entrepreneur MBA Podcast

Listen to the Podcast or read the summary by clicking here: Virtual Career Fairs: The New Hiring Standard

In today’s Entrepreneur MBA podcast guest, Steve Edwards, the founder, and CEO of Premier Virtual speaks with Stephen Halasnik from Financing Solutions about virtual career fairs and how they are the new hiring standard. They talk about how virtual career fairs work and how it is more efficient than in-person job fairs. They talk about what makes virtual career fairs stand out.

About the guest  Steve Edwards, CEO of Premier Virtual

Steve Edwards is the founder and CEO of Premier Virtual which specializes in virtual career fairs. With their extremely easy user interface, hosts can have their event set up within minutes and ready to go live within 24 hours of selecting the date and time. Premier Virtual has perfected the virtual career fair by providing employers with completely customizable “booths” with the employer “Interactive Hiring Room” that allows the employer to text chat and use the internal video chat to invite the candidate to a live “real-time” interview.

About Stephen Halasnik, The Entrepreneur MBA Podcast and Financing Solutions

Financing Solutions is a leading provider of small business lines of credit. The credit line is fast, easy, inexpensive, and costs nothing to set up making it great for emergencies or opportunities. Stephen Halasnik, Managing Partner of Financing Solutions is also the host of the popular, The Entrepreneur MBA Podcast. If you would like to learn more about the line of credit program, please visit www.fscreditline.com or call at 862-207-4118.

Benefits of Virtual Career Days

Virtual career days and online job fairs have emerged as the most efficient and effective ways for employers to recruit. Mainly because job seekers who attend do not only learn more about your company, but they also have an opportunity to meet your hiring managers and interact during the event.

Scheduling a weekly Virtual Career Day is a great way for your company to open your doors and meet qualified candidates without the limitations of an in-person event.  It also gives you more flexibility, since you don’t have to schedule it around a job fair or hiring event.  By offering this access, both employed and unemployed job seekers have an opportunity to learn more about your company and meet your hiring managers.

A great strategy is to promote a weekly Virtual Career Day at a set time, say every Wednesday from 12-2 PM.  This is a great time since many people can log in during their lunch hour if they are currently employed but looking for a better opportunity.

One big difference to physical career fairs is the advantage of reaching the highly coveted, employed job seekers. These people are usually highly qualified experts still employed at another company but open for attractive job offers. They do not attend physical career fairs but will participate virtually or online to gather information through more anonymous ways.

The biggest advantage is being able to view the candidate’s resume, enter a live chat, and if your hiring manager feels there’s a good fit, move right into a pre-screening video interview.  Also, students and young professionals strongly prefer online channels to find a job.

To date, our platform has been leveraged mostly to host career fairs and hiring events with multiple employers.  That remains a great option for many employers who gain to benefit from the exposure.  However, those job seekers are also meeting with your potential competitors and applying for the same jobs at other companies.

By promoting a link to your Virtual Career Day along with your job listings on whatever job board you post them, you’ll be attracting talent directly to your organization for an opportunity to pre-screen them one-on-one.  Let’s face it, anyone can look good, or bad on a resume, and many times a recruiter or hiring manager may never see the resume of someone who could have been a good fit.

Virtual Career Days offer that unique opportunity to chat and meet the candidate, if even for a few brief minutes to see if there is a fit and move forward in the application process.  Hiring managers love the ability to choose who they want to enter a video interview with, and can often find a diamond in the rough, that could have been easily overlooked by basing a decision solely on a resume.

Jayson Waller, the CEO of SolarHOME has hired over 700 employees during the pandemic.  In a recent podcast interview, he mentioned a few pointers that have helped make their recruiting efforts so successful.

One is to hire based on character and ambition more than on skills and experience.  Save for a few positions like accounting and recruiting, the company is much more willing to hire a person that has the right attitude and desire to learn, than to hire an experienced installer, that has high demands and may come with bad habits from previous employers.

By offering a weekly Virtual Career Day, less qualified job seekers know they can meet with the hiring manager and ask questions that reduce the intimidation of sending an ‘unqualified’ resume for a job opening.  And as we already mentioned, the highly qualified job seeker is much more apt to attend virtually and initiate the job application process as well.

See how you can add a Virtual Career Day option to your job listings and make it easy for candidates to meet your recruiters without either person having to leave their desk.

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