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!’

5 Steps To Kickstart Your Virtual Career Fairs!

1)         Choose The Platform – First and foremost, you have to choose a platform to host your virtual career fair.  Deciding which platform to use can often be the most challenging part of the process since there are many options and varying levels of features and sophistication.  To determine which option is best for you, make sure to consider the following criteria:

  1. What is the size and scope of your event?  Suppose you are a single employer looking to fill a dozen or fewer open positions in one geographic location. In that case, you may be perfectly fine with just a video conferencing program like Zoom or Teams.  If, however, you are a host of an event with multiple employers and each has a significant amount of job openings or a large corporation with many openings and locations, video-conferencing alone will not be enough.  You will need a dedicated virtual career fair platform with expanded features such as uploading resumes, one-on-one chat, a customizable lobby and booths, and access to reports with all of the critical data collected during such an event.
  2. What is your budget? If you require a virtual career fair platform, the next consideration is your budget.  Many platforms charge an upfront fee and then charge additional fees based on the number of participants and or the number of resumes downloaded, booths, etc.  These costs can become prohibitive if your event draws a large attendance.  Make sure to go with a platform that offers a flat-rate price that never increases, which is something that Premier Virtual always guarantees!
  3. Is ‘ease of use’, something that concerns you? Is ‘ease of use’ something that concerns you? If so, we highly suggest that you demo each platform you are considering and put yourself fin the shoes of your employers and your attendees.  Once again, Premier Virtual prides itself on its ease of use and its top-rated customer service.  Ask if the platform you are considering provides a dedicated account manager and live training so that everyone that participates fully understands how to use the platform and ensures a successful event.  You can click here for a checklist of features you should be looking for in a virtual career fair platform demo.

2)         Lead Time – Once you’ve selected your platform, give yourself enough time to have everyone adequately trained and to promote the event. Preparing everyone, the hosts, administrators, employers, and attendees is the best way to set yourself up for a successful event.  Waiting until the last minute to register and navigate through the platform often results in a poor user experience or a lower return.  Equally important for a successful event is to have a strong turnout.  Successful events require all of the typical marketing efforts through social media, as well as paid ads.  I highly recommend that you offer each employer a flyer to post and promote the event. It’s also crucial to send out an official press release at least seven days before the event. We suggest the marketing manager personally invite the local press to attend as an employer if they have relevant openings.  I recommend you not charge the local media for their booths in exchange for some ‘goodwill’ that can help your efforts to have your event mentioned in the news.

Another best practice is opening your event with a training webinar for attendees. Announce the webinar in your marketing materials and all of your registration pages. In addition to the training videos, let attendees know there will be a live ‘walk-through’ of the platform on the day of the event.   Premier Virtual offers this service if requested by our host/client and something we highly recommend.

3)         Added Value – Add value to your event by including resume writing webinars or a tech talk with a keynote speaker.  These additional features add value to the attendees and create other points of interest to promote and help draw even more participants to your event.  Along those lines, if your event has a well-known speaker or is offering a free resume writing class or an employment coach session, the press will also have more incentive to feature your event in an article or live on the news.

4)         Event Team – Designate a point person for each facet of the event.  Creating a point team may seem obvious, but some large organizations with many different layers can struggle with it, or smaller organizations expect one person to do everything.  A successful event requires the following point persons:

  1. Administrator –This person has full access to the platform and is typically the point person between Premier Virtual and the organization.  The admin will assign all other users their roles and access to features and information in the platform.
  2. Event Manager – This person is responsible for learning the platform to the best of their ability and be an internal point of contact to help others register and answer basic questions.  Other duties include organizing training webinars and working directly with the Premier Virtual account manager to address any issues before the day of the event.  We also highly encourage the event manager to review employers’ booths to make sure they are doing everything possible to prepare. The booths should be customized; all social media links should be active and provide videos wherever possible.  After the event, the administrator or the admin should access reports and provide the information and follow-up support to whoever needs it.
  3. Publicity/Promotion/Marketing – This person will lead the marketing activity to ensure that the event is being marketing properly and the point person for any press/media or others looking for more information.

5)         Thorough Follow-up – A successful event does not mean that you hire everyone on the spot.  It does mean that you have received enough qualified candidates and had enough engaging one-on-one conversations that you want to follow up. A good platform will provide recruiters with thorough reporting that includes everyone who attended, booths they visited, resumes they submitted, and chats or video conferences that took place.  A comprehensive report will have all of the information you and your employers need to appropriately follow up with qualified candidates eager to make a decision.  Timely follow-up is key to making the right hire, and if you feel strong enough about a candidate during the event, you may want to make that initial offer so you don’t lose them!

If you are considering hosting a virtual career fair and have more questions, please feel free to contact us to schedule a free demo.  Our platform has hosted over 2,000 virtual career fairs, connecting more than 20,000 employers to over 200,000 registered job seekers.  We have the experience and the technology to help you host a successful event.

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Top Virtual Career Fair Platforms – Features Checklist

Download this checklist before you demo a platform to make sure that they are offering everything you need, at the right price!

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Can I use Video Conferencing Software to Power My Virtual Career Fair?

You won’t have trouble finding great video conferencing programs on the market. Let’s face it, without programs like Zoom, this entire pandemic would have been a much more difficult landscape to navigate.  However, when it comes to virtual events, there are advantages to using a dedicated event platform like Premier Virtual.

Ultimately, whether or not you can use a video conferencing program to power your virtual career fairs depends on your needs.  If you’re an employer with just a few job openings, you may want to host a virtual career fair to attract more candidates and gain exposure while doing so.  In that case, a video conferencing program like Zoom can be a perfectly acceptable option.

However, if you’re hosting a career fair with multiple employers or your organization has dozens of job openings with locations throughout the state or country, your needs will far outweigh the features that video conferencing programs can offer for a successful event.

Essentially, video conferencing is just one element in a virtual career fair.  While some of these programs offer additional features like chat and breakout rooms, they don’t include the unique features offered by virtual event platforms that will increase your event’s ability to mirror in-person events.

In the Premier Virtual platform, recruiters can review resumes well before ever speaking with a candidate.  They can also view pre-recorded video resumes.  If the employer feels it might be a good fit, they can enter into a one-on-one chat or invite the candidate into an interview using the integrated video feature.  These features make it possible for recruiters to engage with more than one candidate simultaneously, increasing effectiveness and efficiency.

It’s also important to note that this is not a group chat that everyone else in the room can read.  In the Premier Virtual platform, the job candidate’s communication is always ‘one-on-one,’ securing both parties’ privacy.  The Premier Virtual platform also has a ‘smart-chat’ feature that follows the candidate throughout the event.  This feature allows the candidate to start a chat and continue with the event without having to wait in a long queue or for a response from a recruiter that might be busy at the time.  Whenever the recruiter is available and responds, the candidate will receive the chat message and continue the conversation.

This process is much more cumbersome with video conferencing.  The host or employer would have to schedule an interview with the candidate ahead of time, or the recruiter has to ask that candidate to leave the main group and enter into a ‘breakout’ room.

There are many other advantages to using an event platform.  For example, if you have multiple employers, you can customize the lobby so that each company has its hiring booth, complete with logo, bio, job openings, social media and website links, as well as downloadable PDFs.  Everything you need to replicate an in-person event.  Not to mention the robust reporting that employers receive before, during, and after the event that makes follow-up much more effective.

Event platforms also allow you to scale very quickly without needing additional upgrades or bandwidth.  For example, a recent statewide career fair in Virginia had 350 employers with thousands of job openings that attracted over 15,000 job applicants.  Those are numbers that could never be replicated in person or managed properly using video conferencing software.

Monetizing Your Career Fair

One key advantage is the ability to use our virtual platform to monetize your events.  During Covid-19, many chambers of commerce organizations and event organizers in general, have had significant setbacks due to CDC guidelines for in-person events. Using a virtual event platform like ours allows you to easily monetize events by selling booths and securing sponsorships just like you would in a live event.

The bottom line is if you’re managing hundreds of employers, thousands of jobs, and tens of thousands of job candidates, it is simply beyond the capacity of video-conferencing platforms.  When it comes down to virtual career fairs, choosing a virtual event platform that is dedicated to powering them like Premier Virtual is the wise business decision.

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Premier Virtual Contracted by Over 120 Workforce Development Boards

In less than 1 year, Premier Virtual has compiled an impressive list of workforce development board clients.  It makes sense that the South Florida based company is the official virtual platform for CareerSource Florida on a statewide level (24 boards), but we are also the statewide board for:

  • Massachusettes (17 boards)
  • Virginia (16 boards)
  • Wisconsin (11 boards)
  • Tennessee (24 boards)

 

Premier Virtual is also powering virtual job fairs for workforce boards in:

  • Texas (17 boards)
  • California (18 boards)
  • Ohio (5 boards)
  • Colorado (2 boards)
  • Maine (1 board)
  • Maryland (1 board)
  • Minnesota (1 board)
  • New York (1 board)
  • Utah (1 board)
  • Washington (1 board)

In addition, there are several job training agencies that have chosen our platform including:

  • New Jersey – Department of Economic Development
  • N.Y. Schenectady Job Training Agency

If your workforce board, school board, or related government agency is looking for an economical virtual platform that is rated best-in-class, please schedule a demo to see how we can help.