No need to fight traffic, find a place to park, or navigate a crowd.
Virtual career fairs provide an easier way for job seekers to connect with potential employers. Born of necessity during the COVID-19 pandemic, FastStart quickly worked to facilitate events for more than a dozen companies hiring in Louisiana—and continues to do so.
Job seekers preregister and explore details about the companies that are hiring and what they are looking for. During the event itself, candidates can move from one virtual booth to another, visiting with representatives from each company about specific opportunities.
Tech companies in Louisiana were predictably among the first to embrace virtual career fairs. Given the nature of these events and the fact that the state’s booming tech industry is routinely seeking top talent, it was a natural choice. Making the transition to virtual recruiting events even more smooth for applicants, tech companies partnered to create a one-stop-shop career fair. Participants included DXC Technologies, Globalstar, IBM, and newcomer SchoolMint, an ed-tech developer that recently relocated its headquarters to Lafayette from San Francisco, and acquired a New Orleans-based technology company as well.
LED FastStart recently hosted a virtual interview event for DXC Technology.
Here's an overview of the quick-moving event timeline:
- LED FastStart received a request for assistance three weeks prior to the event
- DXC shared the event details eight days prior to the event
- The position was posted for eight days
- The event was advertised for five days on social media
- Candidates were screened over five days
- LED FastStart invited 62 candidates and DXC invited 18 candidates
- 72 job seekers registered for the event
- 64 job seekers attended the event—a 90% attendance rate
- 121 conversations took place
With very little lead time, LED FastStart was able to effectively attract a significant number of qualified candidates to the virtual interview event. LED FastStart also crafted a format that enabled DXC Human Resources representatives and hiring managers to efficiently interview 70 people in a single day.
Immediately following the event, at least four people received confirmed offers, with more pending. More than 20 candidates were identified for next steps, with more to be announced in the days ahead.