We've all been told that a college degree guarantees success. With U.S unemployment at 9.5% and recent college graduates facing one of the toughest job markets in decades,  a mountain of debt, they are being forced to reassess employment options as industries, and locations they are willing to work. In today's economic climate a college degree does not guarantee a job, but there are many employers out there who are actively and aggressively hiring college level talent.

 

UBM Studios Unicruit understands how difficult it is to find employment and has created a revolutionary approach to career fairs targeted at university recruiting. The Unicruit virtual career fair essentially brings the career fair to the employer and job seeker.

Today's youth live and interact in a virtual world and they rely on an immediacy of information available at their fingertips. They text, Tweet, Facebook, and it only makes sense that employers looking to attract the best and the brightest would adopt an online strategy to meet and interact with students where they live each day, online.

In an effort to introduce more students/graduates to more employers, Unicruit is hosting the Diversity Virtual Career Fair -- a fully interactive, 3D virtual career fair for college students and alumni from all over the country. This event will take place on March 3rd and is FREE of charge for college students and alumni to attend.

The virtual career fair presents an excellent opportunity for participating employers to showcase their organizations to thousands of students and alumni. Each employer will have a customized virtual booth that will include full branding, videos, presentations, job postings, chat, resume exchange and video interviewing. More than 40 employers will participate such as Verizon Wireless, Geico, IBM, Lockheed Martin, Procter & Gamble, Hertz, Aon, Memorial Sloane Kettering, General Electric, Waste Management, Sears, Progressive, Vanguard, ADP and many others.

The virtual career fair is just like a traditional career fair, except that it will take place online! It allows students and alumni an opportunity to visit employer booths, view and apply for jobs, upload resumes, chat with recruiters, network with peers and video interview, all from the comfort and convenience of home. Because the career fair is virtual, it is cost effective; time efficient and environmentally friendly -the job seeker will only need a high speed internet connection to participate. And since no travel is required - the virtual fair opens the opportunities for individuals all over the country and provides employers with a wider talent pool to choose from.

Imagine being able to recruit at dozens of campuses in one day. Now imagine being able to do so without spending one dime on airplanes, rental cars, or hotels. What would that do to your bottom line, your work/life balance, and the environment? That is exactly what the employers who participate in the Unicruit virtual career fairs achieve.

Here's a link to a short video that show you how it works. You can register for this exciting event at: Diversitycf.com. We hope to see you at one of our upcoming events! If you are an employer wishing to participate in this revolutionary approach to recruiting, simply send an email to kobrien@unicruit.com.

Kevin O'Brien is the vice president of business development for UBM Studios. and prior to joining UBM in 2010, Kevin enjoyed a 15 year career in the virtual communications industry.

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Interesting concept Kevin.  I was wondering when career fairs would head in this direction.  Is this the first you've been a part of, or have you done these before?  I'm interested to hear how successful they are for both companies and job seekers.  Thanks for sharing!

Hi Ty

We have done several events already, and they are grwoing with each one I am happy to say. A few examples

www.veteranscareerfair.com

www.bigeastcareerfair.com

www.diversitycf.com

 

We also have several planned for this year such as Engineering, Healthcare, Government, IT, Hospitality

 

To give you an idea of how effective they are:

 

Big East drew over 8,000 attendees in one day

Veterans event drew over 13,000 in one day

 

Hope this helps



Ty Abernethy said:

Interesting concept Kevin.  I was wondering when career fairs would head in this direction.  Is this the first you've been a part of, or have you done these before?  I'm interested to hear how successful they are for both companies and job seekers.  Thanks for sharing!

Sounds like a  pretty time/cost effective way for companies to connect with job seekers.  How effective has it been for companies to convert that traffic into hires?  Really like this idea.

We often get asked that question, and it is really left to the employer. We are merely the dating service bringing both sides together. We offer a video interviewing service to complement the virtual career fair which allows a candidate to interview with managers from all over the country in one day, and without having to get on a plane. This is having a tremendous impact on reducing travel, carbon, and saving employers money at the same time. You should register for one of our upcoming events to get a feel first hand

 

www.diversitycf.com

www.veteranscareerfair.com

 

 

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