Virtual Employer Meet-Up Etiquette
Unlike a traditional career fair where you would meet employers in person, a virtual employer meet-up allows you to learn about companies, positions and career paths from the comfort of your own home. You won’t need to wear a suit, but there are other ways to make a good impression, even if you aren’t able to meet face-to-face.
Tips for Success
RESUME: Upload a resume to Viking Career Link before the Virtual Meet-up for employers to reference and review. Email your resume to email@example.com to have a member of the Career Services team review your resume.
TIMING: Note what time companies are scheduled to be online and plan your visits accordingly.
RESEARCH: Research companies that you are interested in and make note of current job or internship openings.
PERSONALIZE CHATS: Avoid canned answers. Utilize your knowledge of the company to tailor your responses to the individual you are speaking to.
QUESTIONS: Prepare questions (see below) that are specific to the employer.
AVOID EMOJIS AND SLANG: While chat boxes are most often used in a informal context, keep language professional, as you would in an interview, and avoid abbreviations, slang and symbols.
FOLLOW–UP: During your conversation, request the employer’s contact information so you can contact them after the event. Thank employers for their time and follow up on connections by sending a thank you note or email.
SUBMIT: online applications that employers directed you to.
Share a short, professional introduction, including any important academic or professional accomplishments and relevant skills.
EXAMPLE: “Hello! My name is ________ and I am a senior in Western’s Marketing program. From my internship last summer I found that I am particularly interested in social media marketing and content development. I also have interpersonal and customer service skills through my management position at a local grocery store. I am interested in learning more about XYZ company, because I value the sustainable products that you develop.”
Sample Chatbox Questions to Ask Employers
- Do you have tips for completing a successful application online? How can I stand out?
- What kind of entry level positions are available for someone with a background in…?
- Describe some typical projects/assignments for an entry-level person in your organization.
- Do you have any advice for someone wanting to enter the field?
- What type of training does your organization offer?
- What are some typical career paths? What is a typical time frame for promotion in this field?
- If there are no openings at this time, when do you anticipate future openings?
- May I contact you later if I have other questions?
Prepare for Employer Questions Such As:
- Tell me about yourself.
- What interests you about a position with our company?
- What are some of your career goals?