Awarded ‘Best Virtual Event Platform for 2022’

Looking at the post-pandemic world, virtual job fairs are the one thing that appears to be here to stay. Virtual job fairs give aspiring candidates an opportunity to learn more about a specific company or some particular career path from the comfort of their own home. Another advantage of these fairs is that they help candidates expand their knowledge about a profession, increase their professional network and connect directly with recruiters. 

Featured on the cover story of The Enterprise World’s Best Virtual Event Platform In 2022 is Premier Virtual, “Hiring Happens Here”.      

The Journey of Premier Virtual-

Steve Edwards, the CEO and Founder of Premier Virtual, hosted in-person job fairs for nearly nine years. But with online job boards  and an era of social media taking over, he realized that most job seekers preferred to apply online than waiting in lines. 

With this emerging trend he pivoted from in-person to virtual in 2019 and launched his own platform to host virtual hiring events. 

“Being a recruiter, I knew exactly the features required to make hiring easier, more efficient, and effective.”

Challenges and Victories- 

Steve Edwards boot-strapped the operations of Premier Virtual with his partner Gary Chambers. Software development is expensive and you are constantly making upgrades and changes.  In addition, there is new competition coming into the market every day.   Some of them are well funded and can advertise heavily.

However, Premier Virtual maintains its competitive advantage because of the advanced features and ease of use of the platform and its customer support which are superior in many ways. 

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How Trade Organizations use Virtual Hiring Events to add Value for Members

When anyone joins a trade organization or industry association, they do so for 2 reasons.

  1. Earn certification or degree that improves their chances for employment or higher wages
  2. To be part of a network that can help with employment

Anyone who manages new memberships will tell you that the second question, (after ‘how much does it cost), is ‘do you offer career services?’

Many savvy organizations have begun to offer more and more career services and are seeing the benefits. 

New potential members see that the organization is vested in their success and are going to be part of that support even after the member earns their certification.

Taking it one step further, associations are now recognizing the shift that has taken place in the recruitment industry and is ready to follow suit. That shift is hosting virtual hiring events, and that’s exactly what they are now offering their members and corporate sponsors.

It makes so much sense for an association with thousands of members to add such a vital service. 

After all, the reason they turned to you is to improve their resume and increase their potential for a good job. 

These virtual hiring events will help you connect those members with employers that are looking for them, a classic win-win.

Not only that, but members are a built-in audience that is highly engaged and much more likely to respond to and attend your events. The challenge with most virtual hiring event hosts is attracting enough participants to attend and making it a successful event. That is not an issue with associations since communication with members happens frequently and members perceive them as valuable.

Take AAPC for example. 

They have over 200,000 members and a recent update showed that 7,000 were looking for new employment. By hosting a virtual hiring event, they can invite all of the corporate sponsors to attend and post all of their job openings. Members can attend the event remotely from anywhere in the country and see what opportunities might be the best fit. Everything you can do at an in-person event can be done at a virtual event.

A New Income Stream

Employers recognize the tremendous value you are offering and will happily pay to be a part of it. 

Hiring qualified employees are the key to a successful organization and companies know that your events will attract exactly what they are looking for.

Offering booths and sponsorships, even if just for a few hundred dollars can easily turn into revenue in the tens of thousands of dollars. This new income stream can be used to add even more member services or improve other areas of the association that bring more value.

Another large organization we have seen leverage this service is TECNA and local tech chapters like South Florida Tech Hub. SFTH quickly pivoted to virtual events during the pandemic and has not looked back.

Being able to offer members this kind of service, especially during a lockdown is invaluable. This is another tremendous benefit to offering virtual hiring events, it offers the safe option in the event of another situation that makes meeting in person difficult or even impossible.

The benefits listed below are all great reasons to add virtual hiring events to your organization or association:

  1. Career Services – improve the odds your members will get the job they’re looking for
  2. Corporate Sponsors – add value by connecting members with employers with minimal costs
  3. New Revenue Stream – charging employers a small fee for a booth or sponsorship can quickly add up to a significant new source of income
  4. Competitive advantage over other organizations that do not offer virtual hiring events for their members

If you want to learn more about how your organization can host a virtual hiring event for its members, contact us to schedule a free demo.

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Will Employees be Returning to the Office and What’s Behind Quiet Quitting?

The Great Resignation – Will Employees be Returning to the Office?

One of the key questions being asked in the business world today is “Will employees be returning to the office?” According to a recent Gallup poll, the majority of office workers across the US want to return to their jobs . . .  some of the time anyway.  The primary reasons for a partial return include collaborating and socializing with their co-workers as well as making important decisions alongside them.  However, this is only a part of the scenario as there is another side to this that many are neglecting to talk about.

Interestingly enough, some employees preferred the remote working life over returning to the office.  Many were upset because of how much they had enjoyed it and couldn’t figure out why, after nearly 2 years of working at home, they would have to return to the workplace.  Furthermore, individuals who were anxious about returning to their offices didn’t find the same situation that they left behind when they were forced to start working remotely.

Why Isn’t the Return to Office Life Working Out?

There are several reasons that the return back to the office place isn’t working.  For one, bosses and employees have different regarding how their offices should be used.  After two years of living with the pandemic and working remotely from home, individuals have developed their expectations as to how their time should be spent.  Unfortunately, as increasing numbers of individuals are returning to the workplace, their ability to focus, level of satisfaction on the job, and stress levels have deteriorated.

The Other Side of the Equation

With the onset of the pandemic, many office employees started working remotely from home.  In a sense, it was the beginning of a new era in the jobs sector.  Unfortunately, many of those remote workers opted not to return to their former employers and have sought employment elsewhere, thereby leaving holes to fill at their former workplace.  As an employer in these circumstances, you have to be concerned about replenishing your workforce and bringing your daily operations back up to speed.

What’s Behind ‘Quiet Quitting’

Returning to the office is one thing, but returning to the former level of effort and the ‘above and beyond’ mentality is something all together different.

This new work ethic is based upon a priority to life-balance and that work is not the end all, be all that it was once was seen as. It’s not something that a person declares or can be labeled as, but what everyone can agree on is that the term doesn’t mean that an employee has quit, but rather that they are setting boundaries at work and refusing to go above and beyond in completing their duties.

That seems healthy, and productive, but it’s not the same as the person who was just doing the bare minimum to keep the job. As we see in this article from CBS news:

“People see ‘quiet’ and ‘quitting’ and they think it’s about quitting, but really what quiet quitting means is someone who has decided, ‘I want to prioritize my well-being overall and things outside of work’,” Elise Freedman, senior client partner at consulting firm Korn Ferry, told CBS MoneyWatch.

But, she added, “This is different from someone who is disengaged.” Instead, it’s about doing what is required of them, without volunteering for an ambitious project, agreeing to work at nights and weekends, or otherwise going the extra mile in ways that Americans are traditionally encouraged to as a way to demonstrate their worth to an employer.

If you travel the world, it seems to me that America is simply growing up. The rat race had it’s time and place and now side hustles and self preservation have replaced it. If you’re going to ‘go all out’ it’s going to be for yourself and on your terms, otherwise I’ll do the best I can. Who knows, if we keep down this path, the afternoon siesta might be the next culture piece we adopt in America.


Premier Virtual has the answer – our online hiring platform or virtual recruitment platform.  These virtual event platforms and accompanying virtual job fair software were designed to look and feel as though you were attending a real live in-person career fair without all of the costs and hassles that would normally be involved.  To learn more about our products, call us today at (561) 717-9717.

Recruitment Suite – An All-in-One Solution to Your Hiring Needs

Do you remember the first time you got interviewed for a job? You probably acted and looked as professional as you could at that time but the stress of the interview was overwhelming and written all over your face, wasn’t it? Job recruiters see thousands of people just like you every year.  They’ll schedule numerous interviews and invest a lot of their time in the process but they still have a difficult time accommodating everyone interested in that one job. 

This equates to a huge waste of energy, resources, and time, all of which could’ve been avoided with the use of virtual hiring software and video interviewing platforms.  As it stands, virtual reality has revolutionized the job hiring process as well as our behavior and the way we live.  Today, increasing numbers of companies are using the best virtual event software and virtual event platforms to be more efficient and shorten the amount of time required to complete the interviewing and hiring process.

When you do a virtual event online, you can help target a higher audience. Premier Virtual provides the best virtual hiring platform and software that will enable companies and employers to recruit the best candidates in the following ways:

  • Our virtual career fair platform helps job candidates to see the role they’ll be playing in your company – from that point, the individual can determine if the job is suitable and facilitates their future career needs.
  • Our virtual event platforms will help you attract younger job candidates – with our virtual career fair platform, you’ll be able to attract the most qualified college graduates.
  • Our virtual hiring platform will help increase candidate engagement – by using our virtual hiring platform and software you’ll be able to a collaborative environment that engages the job candidate and explains the main goals of your business.
  • Our virtual recruiting event platform and software will enable you to show job applicants the types of projects they’ll be engaged in – it will test their abilities at making smart decisions and enable you to choose the best candidates in the process.
  • Our virtual recruitment platform enables job candidates to see your office – the interview process won’t provide a clear picture of your office culture and the surrounding environment.  Our virtual hiring platform and software will.

Virtual reality is now a key component in the career recruitment and hiring process.  For more information about our products and how they can facilitate your hiring needs, call Premier Virtual at (561) 717-9717 today.  

Why Hybrid Hiring Events Are a Great Option As COVID Spikes Return

As our lives were held hostage by the pandemic, many of our traditional habits were no longer sustainable.  We embraced the concept of working remotely while at the same time letting go of traditional activities such as commuting to work, dining out, teaching in classrooms, weekend getaways, and working out at the gym.  Over the past couple of years, businesses were forced to make significant adjustments and learn how to be comfortable with virtual event platforms and virtual hiring software.

What is Hybrid Recruiting and Why Does it Work?

The combination of in-person recruiting practices with the use of a virtual recruitment platform is commonly referred to as hybrid recruitment.  The concept involves a strategy for acquiring talent that yields the most significant results compared to how the in-person and virtual practices do separately.  Hybridization works because of 3 key factors – 1) it allows people to move forward so they can achieve their goals, 2) it enables increased flexibility in the hiring process, and 3) it reduces the risk of exposure to the virus.

Unique Hybrid QR Code

The Premier Virtual platform takes hybrid events to the next level by generating a unique QR code for each booth at the event. The QR code is printed and placed in front of the booth, which allows candidates to scan it and access all of the employers information virtually. Instead of standing in a long line, they can quickly view the open positions and submit their resume to apply. While the candidate can still meet with the recruiter in person, they can also move on to the next opportunity and come back when there are less people on line. In addition, the recruiters now have all of the candidates information stores electronically for easy follow-up.

Furthermore, hybrid recruitment practices arose out of the need for alternate talent acquisition methods because of adapting to working remotely and canceling in-person activities.  Upon further consideration, business owners and recruiters discovered the many benefits of hybrid recruiting.  As a result, an overwhelming 81% of talent recruiters agree that recruiting job candidates through the use of in-person interviews and video interviewing platforms will continue post-pandemic and may become the new standard. It has helped access more people living in other cities and countries without the additional cost of relocating them.

The 6 Benefits of Hybrid Hiring Events

Essentially, headhunting takes a proactive approach whereas traditional recruiting is reactive.  Because of the following benefits considering the hybrid recruiting approach is well worth it:

  • It enables recruiters to broaden their approach by creating a solution to their hiring needs and reaching a larger target audience of candidates.
  • It creates a way for companies to gather all of the in-person activity digitally, for easy access and future follow-up.
  • It gives job-seekers that are apprehensive about in-person events and opportunity to participate and apply for jobs they might have otherwise not been able to.
  • It finds individuals that are a better fit for companies and are more likely to remain with them over the long term
  • It emphasizes the needs and requirements of your business
  • It provides business owners and employers access to a high-quality talent pool.
  • It provides more strategic insight into the needs of the business and the role the candidate would be playing if hired
  • It reaches a global target audience of job candidates.

The hybrid approach to recruiting and hiring enables employers to conduct a more comprehensive search for the right talent.  For more information about the best virtual event platforms, call Premier Virtual at (561) 717-9717 today.

5 Reasons Virtual Hiring Platforms are Transforming Talent Acquisition

Job Boards do not Deliver the Same Results

Ask any hiring manager or recruiter and they’ll all say, you no longer get the same results when you post an ad on Indeed or Zip Recruiter.  There are many factors including the great resignation and the shift in the workforce, but it goes beyond that.  Many job seekers and employers will use those platforms, but they don’t expect much in return.  It seems like a ‘necessary evil’ for both parties, but success stories are few and far between.  It’s hard to pinpoint the lack of success from job boards, but we see an overall lack of engagement and follow-through.  Either the ATS systems are kicking too many qualified candidates out, or job seekers are not taking the time to customize a resume and cover letter for each application they send in. Whatever the reason, it’s clear the entire hiring landscape has undergone a fundamental shift, away from job boards and towards virtual hiring events, and virtual hiring rooms.  These virtual job fairs allow job seekers to meet directly with hiring managers and recruiters, and get real time feedback resulting in faster hires.

Ability to Host Hybrid Events (in-person and online)

As the fundamental shift to virtual hiring events continues to accelerate, we also see the frequency of hybrid events increasing as well.  Why wouldn’t you want to be able to host an in-person hiring event, and collect all the data electronically at the same time.  That’s what a hybrid event lets you do.  Your attendees scan a QR code, and then upload their resume for easy access and follow-up.  No more handing out cards and collecting resumes that you have to bring back to your office and scan, instead everything is handled electronically.  This means you can print reports at the office with all the stats of the event, how many attended, interviewed, applied and more.  Turning in-person events into a wealth of data is now as easy as adding a virtual hiring platform to your event.

24/7 Virtual Hiring Room

The best platforms now offer virtual hiring rooms for 24/7 hiring access.  Why wait for a virtual hiring event when you can meet with qualified candidates any time of the day.  No need to meet in person, wasting time traveling and incurring additional expenses.  Virtual platforms have built in interview schedulers, that allow recruiters to hop into the virtual hiring room whenever it’s most convenient for the job seeker, increasing efficiency and effectiveness. 

All-In-One Virtual Recruitment Suite

The most sophisticated of virtual hiring platforms can be used as your complete recruitment tool.  They now can host events, interview days, workshops, open houses, training, and more.  Gone are the days of using them just for hosting hiring events.  Add to it the integration with ATS systems, using an Open API, and all the data is easily transferred and stored in your tracking programs for easy access and follow up.

Analytics and Reporting

When you add a virtual platform you can access a great deal of data that was not previously available.  The Premier Virtual platform collects over 58 different data points, resulting in detailed reports containing hyper-detailed information of the entire event, from the day it’s set up, through the follow-up period after the event. (see chart). The reports and easy to access dashboard and integration with ATS is what most users of virtual hiring platforms state as the most powerful feature.  It allows successful hiring managers to see everything at a glance, and the ability to drill down to find information that can help with marketing future events, that is so crucial to find the best possible candidate for your company.

For more information, or to schedule a demo visit www.PremierVirtual.com today.

Recruiting Strategies for Sourcing Candidates on a Global Scale

The global labor force provides employers with a number of benefits such as access to a larger candidate audience and options for hiring remote employees at competitive wages.  However, it isn’t without its challenges.  For instance, today that employers target has changed dramatically.  The world is your platform and tapping into the talent of the global workforce becomes important.

So, it stands to reason that recruitment strategies must be improved as well.  There are 3 ways to ensure that you source the right candidates from the right talent pool:

  • Be sure you target the right talent pool – the old “throw something against the wall until it sticks” mentality is not going to work when it comes to recruiting the best talent.  Acquiring the best talent requires finding the right audience or talent pool.  It may be the job boards for some employers while others might use social media platforms.  If you do use social media, make sure that you’ve optimized your recruitment strategy based on your preferred target audience.
  • Sell candidates on your company’s mission and vision – unless you have the time to waste trying to outbid other companies in wage warfare, the best plan of attack is selling your company’s mission and vision.  Whenever you interview a candidate, be sure to promote your corporate dream in hopes of finding the right one for the job.  Employer branding is a very effective recruitment tool and will help you communicate your company mission and vision to the candidates you attract, especially if they’re a good fit for your organization. Using our platform allows employers to host a ‘meet and greet’, or workshop to allow job seekers to get to know your organization more intimately before they apply for the position.
  • The best strategy for sourcing job candidates is to involve a team in the hiring process – although an HR individual will make the final hiring decision, teams can help trimming the number of candidates down to the top 3, 4, or 5 individuals.  Remember, each of those team members took the same journey before you hired them.  Thus, they will likely find talented candidates for your company in the process. Offering your team virtual access to pre-screen candidates through the platform is another efficient advantage that reduces time and cost to hire.

These candidates could be contacts they met at the same previous job or fellow employees from that job.  They might even have been college roommates at one time.  The key is to create an environment where you can encourage team members to make hiring recommendations as well as one that pays attention to employee referrals.  In so doing, you’ll help the team grow and increase its unity.

If you’re tired of jumping from one virtual recruitment platform to another and are looking for a more cost-effective, efficient means for targeting the best talent, Premier Virtual has the software you’re searching for. Call us today at (561) 717-9717.

5 Helpful Tips for Improving the Online Recruitment Process

Over the past 3 years, remote work has become increasingly more prevalent among the labor force, not only here in the US, but on a global scale as well.  As of last year (2021), nearly 5 million Americans were working remotely.  When “shelter in place” or stay-at-home orders became the norm, the popularity of online job fairs and recruitment events spiked dramatically.

Whether you have an entrepreneurial start-up and are looking for a virtual recruitment platform to reduce company overhead or you have an established company and want to expand on your candidate recruitment options, Premier Virtual can help.  Here are 5 helpful tips for effectively recruiting remote workers online:

  • Determine what you’re looking for – online recruiting creates a never-ending pool of hiring choices.  Unfortunately, you can’t just explore every option in the hopes of landing the most desirable candidates.  Instead, you have to know exactly what you’re looking for where a candidate’s abilities, experience, and traits are concerned.
  • Engage candidates in video interviews – this will enable you to connect with career candidates face-to-face during online virtual recruitment events.  It will be easy to determine their communication skills, job fit, motivations, and personalities without having to schedule in-person interviews or pay for costly travel expenses.
  • Finding the best talent involves asking the right questions – if your goal is finding the most outstanding talent, you have to ask the right questions such as:
  • How did you cope while working under pressure?
  • How did you handle working with an individual whose personality and work style differed from yours?
  • How did you stay on track when you had to be prudent with your time?
  • Make sure you always check a candidate’s references – statistics have revealed that job candidates aren’t always truthful.  Believe it or not, roughly 30% of all job candidates admitted that they bent the truth or lied on their resumes.  Always ask their former employers about their job performance, personality, and working style.
  • Utilize social media platforms – the initial reason social media platforms were created was to enable families and friends to keep in touch with one another.  Since then, it has evolved into numerous platforms for connecting with family members and friends as well as strangers, dating, joining movements for change, networking, and reading the news.  Use these platforms to market your company to job candidates and assess them based on their social media activity.

For more information about our virtual event solutions, please call Premier Virtual at (561) 717-9717 today.

What does the Future hold for Online Recruiting Events?

The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in March of 2020 triggered a tsunami of canceled concerts, exhibitions, and sporting events.  Consequently, online recruiting events, were not an exception as career fairs were postponed and networking meet-ups were re-scheduled well into the future.  Companies were forced to reassess their daily operations as longer periods of isolation were imminent.  It seemed that life as we once knew it grew further out of reach.

At Premier Virtual, we’ve spent the past 3 years designing recruiting event software to bring the best talent to the right companies.  If there’s one thing we’ve learned during that time, it’s that putting job fairs and recruiting events online will continue to be met with desire and excitement for companies and talented individuals as well.  Here is what we’ve learned so far:

  • Accessibility is the key – in terms of accessibility, the importance of online job fairs and recruitment events cannot be overstated.  The most exciting aspect of developing our platform was the realization that we would be reaching a global audience that wasn’t restricted by disabilities, distances, or socioeconomic factors. This access opens the doors for diversity and inclusion as well. There is a much higher registration and attendance to these events which can be attributed to the comfort level job seekers have with virtual.
  • Adapting and learning are the priorities – unfortunately, whenever you launch a new product, mistakes are going to happen.  As with so many other aspects of life, we had to learn from those mistakes and for us, that meant learning how our new platform would work with real individuals in real-time.  So, gathering feedback and learning became the #1 priority. It helps to connect directly with the target audiences and enhance the recruitment pool of participants. Now we offer an all-in-one virtual recruitment platform, we call our Virtual Recruitment Suite. It has evolved to be so much more than just hosting virtual events that you may not need much more than your ATS to attract and hire the best talent possible.
  • Building the right platform is essential – we didn’t start from scratch when we built our online job fairs and recruitment event platform software.  We already had nearly 10 years of hosting in-person job fairs, and we took all of that experience to build Premier Virtual. In fact, our first thought was that we built this platform, “by recruiters, for recruiters”, and that’s one of the things that separates us from so many other event platforms on the market.  Still we did not rest there. We often conduct focus groups and webinars to ask our clients and prospects what they want most out of the platform, and we’re continually publishing new upgrades.
  • Opportunities needed to be explored– when we started our business 10 years ago, we felt that recruitment organizers needed a technological shake-up in their industry.  Granted, offline experiences are still invaluable.  However, the “New Normal” we’re living under prohibits that approach from being as effective as it once was, and adding virtual makes them more efficient and effective.  The fact that we anticipated this shift, and developed our platform before the pandemic has cleared away the fear factor to the extent that the future looks extremely bright for online career events.

The one thing that online recruitment events must do is enable individuals to make the connections they’re searching for. To learn how we can make that happen for you, call Premier Virtual today at (561) 717-9717.

How Can “Flexible Work” Benefit Companies and their Employees?

For years, “flexible work” was advantageous for freelancers, independent contractors, and part-time workers.  However, global events have altered the traditional business landscape and affected the way we work.  At the same time, this has given rise to more flexibility in work schedules, shortened work weeks, and work-from-home opportunities.  As a result, flexible work has proven to be beneficial to companies and their employees.  If you’ve thought about developing a more flexible work culture, here are 7 advantages or benefits that you’ll enjoy:

  • You’ll attract top talent – whether you’re hoping to build and develop efficient teams or hire the top experts in your industry, a flexible work environment just might be the ideal way to attract the top talent in your field.
  • You’ll boost productivity levels – flexible work can lead to increased productivity.  Although it may seem counterproductive, flexible work typically comes with better time management, fewer distractions, and a sharper focus on what needs to be done.  All of this equates to increased productivity.
  • You’ll improve employee engagement – engaged employees know the role they play in the companies they work for and understand their importance.  Creating a supportive working environment that empowers and respects its employees fosters a culture of engagement and teamwork.
  • You’ll improve your diversity – if you limit your candidate pool to only a couple of areas, you’ll only be able to access a small group of individuals.  When the target audience is this homogenous, the workforce is considerably less diverse. By going virtual, you can tap into a larger audience and enhance the target group.
  • You’ll increase employee retention – one of the perks that prospective employees look for in a company is flexible scheduling.  So, adopting flexible work could enable you to hire and retain the top talent you’re searching for. Considering the trying times, flexible working becomes important for the workforce.
  • Flexible work promotes better choices – in addition to saving on overhead, flexible work could have significant environmental benefits by supporting sustainability.  Flexible scheduling and hybrid or remote work equates to less commuting, thereby reducing the carbon footprint of a company and its employees.
  • Flexible work supports better mental health – the relevance of today’s average 9 to 5 workday is questionable at best because it can impact your employee’s well-being significantly.  With scheduling flexibility, stress levels have been greatly reduced overall.

If you’ve been searching for virtual and hybrid event software solutions, we can help.  At Premier Virtual, we specialize in virtual recruiting events for small businesses and large corporations.  To speak with a company representative and learn more about us, call us today at 561-717-9717.

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