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This September, try a virtual job fair

By September 2, 2010Uncategorized

If July is all about picnics and BBQ’s, September is about getting back to business. For students everywhere, it’s back to school. Around the same time, the pace seems to pick up at most organizations, as everyone returns from summer holidays.

September is also known to be a busy month for hiring, with a myriad of college, university, independent and niche job fairs for employers to participate in, giving them the opportunity to meet diverse job-seekers including a large cohort of recent graduates ready to launch their careers.

While nothing can truly replace the job-fair atmosphere and the opportunity to meet hundreds of candidates face-to-face, job-seekers have increasingly become tech-savvy researchers. Today, it seems the most dynamic job fairs are taking place online.

Your “virtual booth” might be the careers page on your website, or your profile on an online job board. These days employers can showcase their brand, people, community involvement and accomplishments all online, where job-seekers will know to look for them.

A word of caution though – grads are starting to become wary of online job boards noticing that many of the postings come from third party recruiters and offer little visibility to the actual employer. Furthermore inexperienced entry-level grads are competing with job-seekers at all levels for jobs that typically ask for at least 2 or 3 years of experience.

This is what makes Career Edge and Ability Edge such safe havens for both job-seekers and employers. Recent graduates as well as recent graduates with disabilities can apply to real jobs from real employers in an environment where they are only competing with other recent grads. Furthermore employers have nothing to hide in this niche environment – their postings are protected from the public and only visible to qualified registrants of our paid internship programs.

Today’s world is all about efficiency and connectivity – the best opportunities are at your fingertips, and talent is just a mouse-click away.

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