Fairs, Events, and Workshops
Students, Alums and Community Members ~
Connect with employers in our area at our annual career fairs. Whether you’re searching for an internship or your first job after graduation, the career fair is a great place to start.
The VSCS Spring 2021 Virtual Job and Internship Fair will be available from April 19th through May 31, 2021!
The VSCS Virtual Job and Internship Fair features about 300 employers who want to hire you! Students, alums and community members.
Find listings for full- and part-time jobs, internships, seasonal positions, community engagement, graduate programs, and volunteer opportunities. This event is free and is an opportune time for you to learn more about a variety of positions. Please complete the sign-in form on the VSCS website here to gain access to the list of employers.
Some tips for sorting employers and opportunities:
Search by “Fair Focus” with the following choices (For more info on each of these industries, visit: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/, and search by occupation group on left side of screen):
- Architecture and Engineering
- Arts and Design
- Building and Grounds Cleaning
- Business and Financial
- Community and Social Service
- Computer and Information Technology
- Construction and Extraction
- Education, Training and Library
- Entertainment and Sports
- Farming, Fishing, and Forestry
- Food Preparation and Serving
- Graduate School and Certifications
- Installation, Maintenance, and Repair
- Life, Physical, and Social Science
- Media and Communications
- Office and Administrative Support
- Personal Care and Service
- Protective Service
- Transportation and Material Moving
Search by opportunity Types:
- Full-time jobs
- Part-time jobs
- Temporary and/or seasonal jobs
- Volunteer Opportunities
- Graduate Programs
We hope you take advantage of this great event!
BUT, BEFORE YOU DO…how is that resume? Need a little help? Don’t hesitate to schedule a Zoom appointment with Beth here: https://NVUJohnson.as.me/BethWalsh (Johnson), or set up a Zoom appointment with Amy here: www.Vsc.avisoapp.com (Lyndon)
Reasons to Attend a Career Fair
- Scope out local employment opportunities
- Learn what employers are looking for in job and internship candidates
- Gain communication skills as you talk with employers
- Aim to make a great impression and set up an interview
Tips for reaching out to employers
- Send an email that is professional in tone, with no typos, spelling or grammatical errors, and is friendly and informative.
- Research organizations you’re interested in before the event
- Introduce yourself with your “elevator pitch”
- I am (introduction of name, career field, major
- I have experience/skills in (brief description of your experiences, skills, and/ or studies)
- I am interested in/would like to (your career interests, aspirations, goals)
- Tell them what opportunity interests you
- Plan a few key questions about the job and the company
- Ask what they like best about working for the company
- Request an interview and include your email address and your phone number
Zoom Interview Advice from our Friends at Indeed.com
Use the mute button
Keeping yourself on mute as they speak can help your interviewer feel more focused on what they want to tell you.
Look into the camera while speaking
During an in-person interview, maintaining eye contact with your interviewer is a sign of confidence and respect by looking into the camera as you are speaking.
Choose a professional background
When setting up your computer, choose an area that is tidy and free of clutter. Make sure your background is sparse rather than busy and only has professional-looking items in the background.
Find a brightly lit room
Your interviewer needs to be able to see your body language and facial expressions during your Zoom interview. Choose a room with good lighting, so they can easily see you. Setting your interview space facing a window that lets in a lot of natural lighting is a great way to make yourself more visible.
Pick a quiet space
Choose an area that is quiet and free of distractions so that your interviewer can direct their full attention to what you have to say.
Silence your phone
Before your Zoom interview, silence your phone and put it away.
Maintain your focus
While your interviewer is speaking, keep your focus on the screen to show them that you are paying attention to what they have to say through active listening (nodding as they speak and asking questions based on what they say).
Turn off notifications and keep your screen clear
Turn off any notifications on your computer. Close out of any social media websites or anything else that could become a distraction. Set the Zoom meeting to full screen so that your interviewer is the only thing you can see.
Use a laptop or computer
Having your computer on a table creates a more stationary view of yourself while holding your phone in your hand could cause camera shake. Your computer camera also gives the interviewer a better view of yourself and comes in clearer.
Charge your laptop
If your interview space doesn’t have an outlet, make sure to fully charge your laptop before your interview.
Update your computer
Get the newest edition of Zoom prior to your meeting. Also do a full system update on your computer well in advance.
Find a good internet connection
Prior to your Zoom interview, make sure you have a strong internet connection.
Communicate with your household
If you live with other people, let them know when and where you are interviewing.
Wear professional attire
Dress exactly how you would during an in-person interview. This means you should wear your nicest business attire.
Use appropriate body language
During your interview, sit up tall with your hands in your lap and your feet on the floor. While you speak, you may use your hands as well if that’s natural for you. As your interviewer speaks, use nonverbal cues such as nodding and smiling.
Ask your interviewer questions
Employers like it when you have questions to ask, so prepare questions prior to the interview. As in all job interviews, do not ask questions about salary or benefits until an offer has been made. Make sure to listen throughout your interview so you only ask questions about topics the interviewer hasn’t covered yet. Appropriate questions could be about the company’s culture, this role’s responsibilities or what the interviewer enjoys most about the company.