The Future of Hiring – Top Trends to Expect in 2023

As a top-rated virtual hiring event platform, we hear the challenges from the organizations and employers that host events on our platform every day.

As we settle into somewhat of post-pandemic stage, we recognize there are plenty of challenges outside of social distancing that remain, including the labor shortage, the economy, cultural changes, and constantly evolving factors that make hiring difficult.

Here are the top trends we see as 2023 kicks off.

Smart Hiring and Retention Challenges – The ‘Great Resignation’ spurred on by Covid might be behind us, but workers continue to leave the workforce in larger than expected numbers.  October of 2022 saw 4 million Americans quit their jobs, which left 10.3 million open positions.  The gap between available jobs and available workers continues to grow, meaning retention is the best strategy to avoid the competition for new hires. 

Limiting turnover has become more important than ever.  The days of ‘letting an employee go’ because so many others were ready to fill that role are gone.  Creating a workplace culture that builds trust and helps employees grow in their careers has always been a smart strategy, but now it has become a necessity.

No matter how much you limit turnover, adding new employees will always be part of a growing company’s needs.  Smart hiring includes tactics that are non-traditional like hosting virtual career fairs, and virtual hiring events. These events open your organization to anyone who is interested, and not limit yourself to a pool of candidates in your area.   Virtual hiring events became mainstream during the pandemic and now, nearly 80% of recruiters prefer virtual to in-person.  The same can be said for busy job candidates who most likely have a full-time job but are weighing their options and can more-readily attend a virtual event.  Make sure you have a virtual hiring event platform as part of your hiring strategy to attract and hire the best talent possible.

The Need for Flexibility – another Covid influenced dynamic is the new remote workforce.  Employers toyed with the idea of letting employees ‘work from home’, but it never took hold.  Post pandemic, it remains a very common and viable option as many workplaces have roles that are as productive and effective from home as in office.

The latest report shows that 48% of the workforce will continue to work remotely or in a hybrid fashion.  Being able to offer this type of work will be a great competitive advantage over the 52% of the workforce that requires workers to be in the office.  A great strategy is to support a remote or hybrid workplace now, so that you can attract the best available talent and be prepared in the event of another disruption.

Skill Gaps and Shortage of Talent – as difficult as finding the right hire already is, shortages in skills and talent are increasing the challenges.  Skills like construction and tech are having an extremely difficult time finding qualified candidates, and the pipeline is not filling up anytime soon.

The answer is internal training and dedicating resources for employee development and growth.  The days of finding skilled and experienced workers are few and far between.  Your best strategy is to hire based on the character traits and work ethic you are looking for and build on the employees skills by training them for your organization.  Offering this type of opportunity will create another strong competitive advantage over employers that do not offer this.

This ‘growth-mindset’ replaces the days of a person working in the same department their entire lives.  Give employees opportunities to learn, mentor, be mentored and apply their skills in other positions.  You may take an average employee and turn them into a star, simply by giving them the support to grow and find their best fit in the organization.

Employee Well-Being – along the lines of creating a great work culture is focusing on the well-being of employees.  The term ‘Quiet-Quitting’ relates directly to the pervasive attitude workers have that they are only going to give so much to their jobs.  This can be a larger problem in workplaces that don’t provide genuine support for their employee’s well-being. 

Make sure your employees know that you appreciate their effort and are vested in their personal well-being.  Flexible work schedules, childcare support, mental health support, physical and emotional well-being programs are all part of the mix.  The more you can invest in the employee’s well-being, the better they will feel about themselves, the company and the more likely they will want to stay with your company.  

Diversity and Inclusion or DEI – is not a trend, it is a way of the workforce that is here to stay, and rightly so.  Companies can no longer avoid the topic or force employees to adapt to a ‘my way or the highway’ mentality.  From the smallest companies to the largest corporations, those that embrace individuality will attract and hire the best available talent, since everyone wants to be accepted and appreciated.

This can’t be done without a concerted effort, taking time every day to communicate the company’s policy, to encourage team building events, to celebrate the diversity that exists within your organization.  If your attempts are seen as superficial, it will do more damage than good.  Make sure you have a sincere and consistent message, and that your employees know your company is there for them.

Greater use of Virtual, AI and Automation – technology is always evolving, and another product of the pandemic is how quickly employers and employees had to adjust and adapt to new technology.   Software like Zoom and Microsoft Teams is now an everyday event, and the best companies continue to evolve and add virtual platforms that improve communication, efficiency, productivity and workflows.

When it comes to hiring, virtual events have proven to be much more efficient and, in many ways, more effective than in-person events.  The new trend is moving towards hybrid events, that offer in-person and virtual access.  Clearly the employers that embrace and invest in the best technology and automation will have the best chance for success.  A virtual hiring event platform like Premier Virtual completely automates the follow-up process to be able to track hires from your events.  It’s innovation like this that separates the best from the rest and position your company to attract the best talent.

Holistic Digital Transformation – taking the last point one step further, building profiles of the ideal customer, worker, workflow and expected results will create a very clear picture of what they company stands for, and how they will deliver that to their customers.  A holistic approach will never lead to a fixed rigid business model, but rather one that can adapt to change, and creates value through different kinds of partnerships.

By approaching your business in this way, your employees have a greater sense of what is expected of them, and that makes it easier to define the kind of employees you need to keep that going.  When a company can support this transformation with digital tools, data and supporting infrastructure, the vision and mission will be pervasive, and the culture will attract and retain the best talent.

Transforming HR through Tech and Data – as we’ve touched on through AI and Virtual, HR needs to come out of the stone age and embrace today’s technology.  There are many excellent platforms that help in every phase of hiring, and many employers continue to resist and prefer to do things’ the old way’ or sticking with the status-quo.

When it comes to tech, companies are turning to cloud computing, virtual platforms, collaboration technologies, and digitization to improve HR operations and the employee experience, according to the Society for Human Resource Management.  Don’t wait until the right time because it will cost you another competent new hire. The time to upgrade your technology is now, at all costs!

The challenges in hiring will remain extremely high in 2023 due mostly to the labor shortage, but if you can work on getting ahead of these 8 trends, you will create a competitive advantage that can be the difference between meeting your staffing challenges, or not.

Leveraging Premier Virtual Beyond Hosting Job Fairs

Using the Premier Virtual platform to host hiring events is a no brainer.  After all, it’s a powerful platform that allows you to maximize your virtual hiring by attracting and engaging with the most qualified prospects.

In addition, the virtual environment attracts both the active job seeker, as well as the more lucrative, passive job seeker, that employers are trying to get in front of.  Because of its non-threatening, low-pressure environment, job seekers are more comfortable attending virtual job fairs to learn more about an employer and open positions.

When there is a good fit, job seekers can initiate a chat with the recruiter, and the recruiter can seamlessly transition into a video interview if they find the candidate has the skills they are looking for.  The entire process can take just a matter of minutes, respecting everyone’s time and if an offer is made, greatly reducing time and cost to hire.

All that said, virtual platforms like Premier Virtual can help you do much more than host virtual job fairs.  In fact, when leveraged properly it can become your all-in-one recruitment tool. 

Here are some of the many ways Premier Virtual can improve your hiring strategy beyond hosting a virtual job fair.

  1. Host a Hybrid Event – the savviest of employers have truly begun to embrace this critical hiring strategy.   Yes, we are in a post-pandemic world, but the behaviors that the pandemic helped accelerate are here to stay.  Hybrid or remote work will continue to grow, and the ability to attend an event virtually will remain an attractive option to many job seekers.  Beyond that, using Premier Virtual at an in-person job fairs is a great way to create a digital registration process, and keep track of all the activity digitally.  No more printed resumes, or notes on paper to follow up with.  Everything now can be captured digitally, downloaded in a comprehensive report that integrates with your current ATS system so that nothing (or no one) falls through the cracks.
  2. Schedule interviews in Advance – the Premier Virtual platform has and advanced interview scheduling tool, so that attendees do not have to wait in a long queue to speak with a recruiter. If the applicant sees a job they like, they can access the recruiters schedule and simply request an interview at an available time slot.  This tool can also be used by the recruiter to schedule an interview with a job seeker they believe is a good fit, based on the resume, certifications or video resume uploaded by the job applicant.
  3. Virtual Job Board – we continue to see workforce boards and other employment agencies leverage the platform to post a virtual job board.  This becomes a place where all the employers participating in the job fair can easily post their open positions, so that job seekers can see every opportunity at a glance.  These boards can be accessed before and after the event, to continue to drive qualified candidates to the employer that best matches their job search.
  4. Resume Review Service – the Premier Virtual platform also offers a complimentary resume review service.  Hosting a ‘virtual ready’ event prior to the hiring event offers a great deal of value to job seekers that might be a bit apprehensive if they are not familiar with the technology.  This event is a great opportunity to offer the complimentary resume review service that all attendees can take advantage of.  The initial review is complimentary and can significantly improve the chances of the attendee receiving an offer.  This is also a great way to pre-screen candidates and even schedule interviews with qualified candidates.
  5. Workshops and Onboarding– as with resume reviews, leveraging the platform to host workshops and even onboarding provide a great deal of value to the attendees and those who go on to become employees.  Workshops can be hosted by different employers or by different departments within one organization.  They can range from helping attendees prepare to the event, to a simple ‘meet and greet’ with a company recruiter sharing details about the corporate culture and what an employee can expect when they work there.  Transition the platform to the onboarding process is seamless since the employee is already familiar with the platform, and recruiters can meet one on one or create a group onboarding event.

As you can see, these are just some of the ways you can leverage Premier Virtual to do more than host virtual hiring events.  There are many other uses and use cases, that you can download here. 

Make 2023 the year you start using the Premier Virtual platform for everything it was intended for and watch your hiring results dramatically improve.

Hiring has Undergone a Fundamental Shift

In fact, there has been more than one major shift in hiring in the past few years.

  1. The shift from in-person to virtual hiring

First, the shift from in-person to virtual that was accelerated by the pandemic is here to stay.  It was already happening before the pandemic, but at that time, it was more of a ‘nice to have’ option, that quickly became a ‘must-have’ option due to social distancing.

What we found out is that virtual hiring is more efficient, more effective and with the right platform, extremely easy to execute.  With Premier Virtual, the leading virtual hiring event platform, you can create your account, set up your event, and launch it all in a matter of minutes. Ideally, you want time to promote a virtual hiring event, but using the platform is not dependent only on hiring events.

An all-in-one virtual hiring platform like Premier Virtual is always on, and always open for your potential job candidates.  You can leverage the platform 24/7 by creating virtual job boards, and virtual hiring rooms that never close.  This gives your team, and your applicants the flexibility to research your company, apply and meet your recruiters. 

With the built-in two-way scheduler, candidates can schedule time on a recruiter’s calendar, and recruiters can also request an interview with candidates they feel are a good match.  Because the platform allows recruiters to search resumes, they can quickly find the talent they’re looking for. Recruiters can also view the video interviews that candidates can record as part of their profile to get a much better feel for the person, that you can’t get from reading a resume.

Virtual hiring has also led to virtual work which has exploded since the pandemic.  Even with many companies insisting workers return to the office, the need and demand for virtual work remains.  We project that employers who embrace this, and lead with this, will be much better positions to find and retain the top talent that prefer this style of work, and flexibility it offers.

We see national hiring events, that post positions with the description, ‘Anywhere, USA’ openings, or they group openings by time zones instead of specific office locations.  Again, the companies that are embracing this approach and making remote part of their culture, are winning the talent wars.

  • This shift to proactive hiring

Hiring remains one of the most difficult things companies have to do in order to remain competitive.  The passive job market, although much larger than the active job market is often overlooked.  Most companies are marketing themselves only to active job seekers, but every worker is a potential employee, if they know about your company and what you have to offer.

Strategies to consider that will keep your company in the hearts and minds of potential future employees include everything from being active in your community by supporting events and non-profits to creating a newsletter, blog or insightful podcasts.

If you are a tech company, and host mixers or meet-ups that are open to the public, you can attract passive job seekers that find value in your network.  You may even create an in-formal networking group that helps its members connect and find meaningful work, even if it’s not at your company.  The value you offer will give your company a competitive edge when it does have a position that meets that candidate’s skills.

Here again, virtual is a powerful tool since you can host virtual events and meet potential candidates.  Creating a pipeline of talent is crucial to stay ahead of the labor crunch.  A recent report shows hiring has slowed to 41 days on average, a number that was only 9 days in 2009.  The cost to hire is also averaging at around $4,425, according to SHRM and If you want to be able to hire the best talent in the least amount of time, a professional pipeline is crucial.

We see that companies using virtual hiring events reducing time to hire to that 9–10-day period, which also comes with a dramatically reduced cost to hire, a win-win! 

Have you made the shift?

Is your company still hiring in-person, only looking to fill jobs at the office, and not building a qualified pipeline of potential candidates?

If so, we can help you transition and leverage the tools available to make your company relevant in the job force and a place that is sought out, instead of the other way around.  Schedule a free demo today to see how the Premier Virtual, all-in-one recruitment platform can position your company for hiring success.

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.  

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 Does Video Conferencing Differ from a Virtual Event Platform?

As businesses and corporations in ever-increasing numbers turn towards utilizing online meetings and virtual hiring events to save effort, money, and time, it may be difficult to understand how certain events and platform functionality differ.  This is especially true when you need to deliver a great hiring event experience to your target audience.

What is Video Conferencing?

Video conferencing is a straightforward meeting format that offers video participation for those in the meeting.  It’s similar to a video call that you can make on your smartphone, but it includes other features such as recording and transcription capabilities.  Video conferencing tools typically refer to such elements as:

  • permissions and settings designed to limit participation as well as who can be heard
  • screen sharing
  • virtual whiteboards

This works effectively for remote office meetings and smaller conferences.  However, when it comes to hosting or sponsoring a virtual event such as a conference, online class, or webinar (web seminar) you’ll need to invest in a virtual event platform.

What is a Virtual Event Platform?

Virtual event platforms are online spaces where conferences, hiring events, and other types of conferences can be held or hosted.  Granted, there are dozens of virtual event platforms available today.  However, it’s important to understand that no two are alike.  Nor is every platform suited for every type of event.  This is because some of them lack basic functionality such as break-out rooms for large-scale events.

Virtual event platforms are designed to provide digital events that your target audience would expect in an in-person trade show.  If you’ve been searching for a way to deliver a memorable industry event without spending the effort, money, and time involved with an in-person event, find a virtual platform that best facilitates your needs.  You’ll want one that is secure and readily accessible for you and your attendees. That is why it is important to have the right platform.

The Key Differences

If you aren’t sure when you should utilize virtual event platforms, here are the 5 most important differences between them and video conferencing:

  • video conferencing is integrated into virtual event platforms and enables you to use the integrated tools you specifically need
  • virtual event platforms are capable of handling the most complex agendas
  • virtual event platforms are in-person meeting simulations
  • virtual event platforms utilize automation and registration to help you understand who is attending your event
  • virtual event platforms were designed to accommodate larger audiences

To learn more about our virtual event platforms, please call Premier Virtual today at (561) 717-9717 for additional information.

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