12 Tips Getting the Most Out of OutBuro LGBTQ Virtual Career Fairs - LGBT Corporate Equality Employer Branding Ratings Recruiters Job Search Seeking

12 Tips: Getting the Most Out of an OutBüro LGBTQ Virtual Career Fair

Traditional in-person career fairs are great but they have limitations. You must leave work for several hours if not take the full day off, fight traffic, or traveling to the location (incurring travel-related expenses), search for parking, navigate your way through the crowd. Wait in line for a chance to speak with employers. In addition, you likely don’t have any idea if the employers are truely committed to LGBTQ corporate equality.

This is the way traditional career fairs have always been.

However, OutBüro launched LGBTQ focused virtual career fairs to bring quality LGBTQ candidates together online (virtually) with employers who actively want to hire LGBTQ employees!! For jobseekers like yourself, virtual career fairs make connecting with LGBTQ friendly employers convenient. Participate even while on your lunch break.

What can you expect at a virtual career fair? 

The OutBüro virtual career fairs are just like traditional ones, where LGBTQ friendly employers gather to meet with LGBTQ job seekers and discuss employment opportunities. The only difference here is that it’s held virtually on our interactive mobile-friendly platform.

Virtual career fairs feel similar to online discussion posts. After you log in, you can choose to “enter” various rooms/booths within the virtual career fair. Each room/booth is hosted by different LGBTQ friendly employers participating in the career fair. When you enter a room/booth, the employer receives a notification. You may choose which employer recruiter you would like to chat with

LGBTQ friendly employers recruiters in OutBüro virtual career fairs are very engaging. They’re there because they’re eager to hire quality LGBTQ candidates like you.

Others already in the virtual room may be in the midst of a conversation and you are welcome to chime in. You can also opt to chat privately with an employer, where you may ask about open positions, details about the organization and your qualifications. Employers may even want to video chat with you face to face.

Before the OutBüro virtual career fair

Don’t “walk” into an OutBüro virtual career fair with zero preparation. These are the things you’ll want to do ahead of time to set yourself up for success.

1. Register ahead of time

You’re going to want to register beforehand. Registration for each event opens around 4 weeks prior to the event date. Not only will this prevent any last-minute hiccups before the career fair, but it will allow you to get a look at the employers participating in the fair.

2. Research participating organizations

After registering, take some time to review the organizations attending the career fair especially their OutBüro employer listing. You’ll want to get an idea of some of the companies you’d like to meet with and how publically LGBTQ friendly they are. You also don’t want to walk in unprepared—learn about the companies and think of questions you’ll want to ask.

3. Prepare your resume

This is a no-brainer, yet so important. Because you’re going to provide your resume/CV to employers you meet with, you’re going to want it up-to-date and spotless for the optimal first impression. Be sure to check out resume tips on OutBüro.

The same goes for your LinkedIn account or a portfolio of your work samples. If the platform allows, upload your resume to your account so it is accessible and ready to hand over to any employers you meet with at the career fair.

4. Practice your pitch

How will you introduce yourself? Why are you interested in the company? What types of positions are you seeking? How is your previous work experience relevant? What do you plan on asking the representatives at the virtual career fair? Know that employers in OutBüro virtual career fairs are seeking you. They also are open and ready to answer questions you may have about how LGBTQ friendly they are. Keep it focused yet bring your authentic self to the table.

5. Make sure your tech is ready to go

You’ll want to make sure your laptop, tablet or smartphone is capable of supporting you in the virtual career fair. It is definitely advised to have camera capabilities in case an employer would like to launch a one-to-one video chat.

You should log on at least the day before and check out the employers, their key listed jobs and ensure your device you intend to use during the OutBüro LGBTQ career fair works.

Plan where you will be when you attend. You want to be in a quiet space with no distractions. Wear headphones with a built-in speaker to ensure the recruiters can hear you during video chats.

At the virtual career fair

Once you log in, how can you stand out from the crowd at a virtual career fair? Here are a few pieces of key advice.

6. Wear a professional outfit at least from the waist up

You can expect to interact with employers at an OutBüro virtual career fair through chat functions. However, some employers may wish to video chat with you face to face via the on-to-one. Make the most out of this opportunity to make a connection by looking professional and presentable. Be sure you are wearing professional clothing and that the background in a video chat is simple, professional and positive.

7. Attend from a distraction-free environment

In addition to your professional attire, you will also want to plan out where you’ll be attending the OutBüro virtual career fair from. A quiet location is ideal—and camera capabilities mean that you’ll want to ensure it’s distraction-free for employers.

Even on a small screen, potential employers can still see plenty of background. Make sure the room you’re in is clean, quiet and well lit. Lighting is important. If at home, grab two additional lamps from the living room and set them on both sides of your desk. Take the lamp shades off and have them on during your virtual career fair time. This will help ensure you are well lit looking your best.

8. Be ready to put yourself out there

During OutBüro virtual career fairs, it’s important to exert yourself to make connections. Be assertive. Initiate conversations. Request one-on-one chats with recruiters. DO NOT BE PASSIVE.

Once an employer recruiter engages you in a chat, the ball is in your court to introduce yourself and ask questions about the organization and open positions.

9. Use clear, professional business communication

Being a virtual career fair, much of your communication will be done through written interactions in the chat function of the platform. To make a great first impression, you’ll want to demonstrate articulate written communication.

Grammar matters. Consider using the online grammar checking tool Grammarly.com. Text as if you are having a live in-person interview.

10. Demonstrate strong body language in video chats

Just like in a traditional career fair, you’ll want to present yourself as a confident and competent job seeker. One way that employers pick up on this is through your body language. If you’re on a video chat with a recruiter at the virtual career fair, you’ll want to stay conscious of your body language.

On camera, hold eye contact with the recruiter you’re interacting with. Speak clearly and avoid slouching. Again, treat it like you are in the room with the recruiter – because you are.

11. Ask for next steps and contact information

When talking to recruiters at the career fair, don’t hesitate to be forward and offer to send a copy of your resume. Request his/her direct contact information. You can also ask about the next steps in the process—whether that means getting in touch with human resources, filling out a job application on their site, a next more detailed phone call or an in-person formal interview. Let them know you are interested and want to take it further.

After the virtual career fair

Don’t let your efforts go to waste by neglecting to follow up with the recruiter after the OutBüro virtual career fair.

12. Reach out the next day with a thank you

Because recruiters at career fairs come in contact with many candidates follow up the next day. Whether it’s an email, phone call or a hand-written thank-you note, be sure to reach out to the connections you made at the career fair, thanking them for their time and let expand on how you are a great fit and that you are strongly interested and why. Request a direct connection on LinkedIn and a friend invite on the OutBüro website.

Get excited for the future of career fairs

Employers participate in the OutBüro LGBTQ virtual career fairs because they’re looking for LGBTQ job seekers like yourself. Just because they’re held virtually doesn’t make that any different.

With this advice in mind, navigate the OutBüro virtual career fairs with confidence. We hope you land the job of your dreams.

Best wishes to you in your job search!

OutBuro Launches LGBTQ Virtual Career Fairs - LGBT Corporate Employer Branding Company Ratings Recruiters Job Search Seeking Reviews Monitoring

OutBüro Launches LGBTQ Virtual Career Fairs

We are super stoked! OutBüro launches virtual career fairs focused on helping LGBTQ professionals advance their careers with LGBTQ friendly employers who are committed to LGBTQ corporate equality. We currently have 12 virtual career fairs planned in the first half of 2020. Check them out.

Are you actively looking for an LGBTQ friendly employer or passively open to new career opportunities? The new OutBüro virtual career fairs are for you.

While reviewing technology partners to bring this exciting service to the LGBTQ community every single potential solution partner stated, “I’ve been in this industry a very long time and I have never heard of any other LGBTQ focused virtual career fair. This is the first”. Additionally in chatting with recruiters and human resource directors, so far they have made similar comments. Further, each one so far as stated they are excited about this new approach to finding great new talent who happen to be LGBTQ.

Create your professional profile on www.OutBuro.com today so that recruiters can find you, knowing they are seeking quality LGBTQ candidates!

The OutBüro virtual career fair platform is intuitive and mobile-friendly making it possible for you as the job seeker to even participate while on your lunch break. In addition to interacting with employer recruiters via text chat, the recruiters may invite you to a one-on-one video chat. So please be dressed appropriately – even if just from the waist up. LOL Be in a quiet setting without lots of distractions.

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12 Tips: Getting the Most Out of an OutBüro LGBTQ Virtual Career Fair

LGBTQ Corporate Equality Focused Employers Want to Hire You

Once you complete your virtual career fair profile, it will be usable in all future OutBüro virtual career fairs you participate in it. You may update your information at any time.

Employers, learn more about the OutBüro virtual career fairs focused on assisting your organization with its diversity and inclusion recruitment marketing to attract quality candidates who happen to identify as LGBTQ:

OutBüro’s mission is to connect the world’s LGBTQ employees, professionals, and entrepreneurs with opportunities to grow in their careers and grow their companies. We strive to connect companies and organizations that support LGBTQ Corporate Equality with quality candidates while providing a voice and insight into workplace culture and LGBT workplace issues.

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Employers contact us to discuss your needs, targets and learn more about how we may collaborate to help you attract quality LGBTQ candidates.

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LGBTQ in STEM Virtual Career Fair – July 23rd

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) virtual career fair for LGBTQ professionals seeking LGBTQ inclusive employers. As part of our mission supporting LGBTQ professionals to connect with LGBTQ friendly employers who support LGBTQ corporate equality with a workplace that is inclusive and welcoming.

Job seekers: It is advised to establish your professional profile on OutBüro. Jobseeker online registration for each individual virtual career fair will begin 4 weeks prior to the event date. Put a reminder in your calendar to check back here for a link to the event registration page. In the meantime create your OutBüro professional profile today.

Employers: Employers interested in actively recruiting LGBTQ diversity candidates should contact OutBüro at a minimum of 6 weeks before the event date(s) to register. See Virtual Career Fairs – For Employers and Virtual Career Fairs – Steps for Employers. It t is advised that all employers claim or add their Employer Listing on OutBüro well in advance of each virtual career fair so that candidates may research your organization and see all the great policies, benefits, business practice and more you are doing for your LGBTQ employees, clients/customers and the community.

Date: July 23, 2020

Time: 9 am – 4 pm US Eastern Time Zone

Around 4 weeks prior to the even Job Seeker registration will begin and announced.

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All levels of Government virtual career fair for LGBTQ professionals seeking LGBTQ inclusive employers. As part of our mission supporting LGBTQ professionals to connect with LGBTQ friendly employers who support LGBTQ corporate equality with a workplace that is inclusive and welcoming.

Job seekers: It is advised to establish your professional profile on OutBüro. Jobseeker online registration for each individual virtual career fair will begin 4 weeks prior to the event date. Put a reminder in your calendar to check back here for a link to the event registration page. In the meantime create your OutBüro professional profile today.

Employers: Employers interested in actively recruiting LGBTQ diversity candidates should contact OutBüro at a minimum of 6 weeks before the event date(s) to register. See Virtual Career Fairs – For Employers and Virtual Career Fairs – Steps for Employers. It t is advised that all employers claim or add their Employer Listing on OutBüro well in advance of each virtual career fair so that candidates may research your organization and see all the great policies, benefits, business practice and more you are doing for your LGBTQ employees, clients/customers and the community.

Date: July 9, 2020

Time: 9 am – 4 pm US Eastern Time Zone

Around 4 weeks prior to the even Job Seeker registration will begin and announced.

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LGBTQ in Retail and Fashion Virtual Career Fair – June 18th

Retail and fashion virtual career fair for LGBTQ professionals seeking LGBTQ inclusive employers. As part of our mission supporting LGBTQ professionals to connect with LGBTQ friendly employers who support LGBTQ corporate equality with a workplace that is inclusive and welcoming.

Job seekers: It is advised to establish your professional profile on OutBüro. Jobseeker online registration for each individual virtual career fair will begin 4 weeks prior to the event date. Put a reminder in your calendar to check back here for a link to the event registration page. In the meantime create your OutBüro professional profile today.

Employers: Employers interested in actively recruiting LGBTQ diversity candidates should contact OutBüro at a minimum of 6 weeks before the event date(s) to register. See Virtual Career Fairs – For Employers and Virtual Career Fairs – Steps for Employers. It t is advised that all employers claim or add their Employer Listing on OutBüro well in advance of each virtual career fair so that candidates may research your organization and see all the great policies, benefits, business practice and more you are doing for your LGBTQ employees, clients/customers and the community.

Date: June 18, 2020

Time: 9 am – 4 pm US Eastern Time Zone

Around 4 weeks prior to the even Job Seeker registration will begin and announced.

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LGBTQ Recent Graduates Virtual Career Fair – June 4th

Virtual career fair for LGBTQ Recent Graduates seeking LGBTQ inclusive employers. As part of our mission supporting LGBTQ professionals to connect with LGBTQ friendly employers who support LGBTQ corporate equality with a workplace that is inclusive and welcoming.

Job seekers: It is advised to establish your professional profile on OutBüro. Jobseeker online registration for each individual virtual career fair will begin 4 weeks prior to the event date. Put a reminder in your calendar to check back here for a link to the event registration page. In the meantime create your OutBüro professional profile today.

Employers: Employers interested in actively recruiting LGBTQ diversity candidates should contact OutBüro at a minimum of 6 weeks before the event date(s) to register. See Virtual Career Fairs – For Employers and Virtual Career Fairs – Steps for Employers. It t is advised that all employers claim or add their Employer Listing on OutBüro well in advance of each virtual career fair so that candidates may research your organization and see all the great policies, benefits, business practice and more you are doing for your LGBTQ employees, clients/customers and the community.

Date: June 4, 2020

Time: 9 am – 4 pm US Eastern Time Zone

Around 4 weeks prior to the even Job Seeker registration will begin and announced.

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LGBTQ in Media Virtual Career Fair – May 22nd

Media virtual career fair for LGBTQ professionals seeking LGBTQ inclusive employers. As part of our mission supporting LGBTQ professionals to connect with LGBTQ friendly employers who support LGBTQ corporate equality with a workplace that is inclusive and welcoming.

Job seekers: It is advised to establish your professional profile on OutBüro. Jobseeker online registration for each individual virtual career fair will begin 4 weeks prior to the event date. Put a reminder in your calendar to check back here for a link to the event registration page. In the meantime create your OutBüro professional profile today.

Employers: Employers interested in actively recruiting LGBTQ diversity candidates should contact OutBüro at a minimum of 6 weeks before the event date(s) to register. See Virtual Career Fairs – For Employers and Virtual Career Fairs – Steps for Employers. It t is advised that all employers claim or add their Employer Listing on OutBüro well in advance of each virtual career fair so that candidates may research your organization and see all the great policies, benefits, business practice and more you are doing for your LGBTQ employees, clients/customers and the community.

Date: May 22, 2020

Time: 9 am – 4 pm US Eastern Time Zone

Around 4 weeks prior to the even Job Seeker registration will begin and announced.

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LGBTQ in Marketing Virtual Career Fair – May 7th

Marketing sector virtual career fair for LGBTQ professionals seeking LGBTQ inclusive employers. As part of our mission supporting LGBTQ professionals to connect with LGBTQ friendly employers who support LGBTQ corporate equality with a workplace that is inclusive and welcoming.

Job seekers: It is advised to establish your professional profile on OutBüro. Jobseeker online registration for each individual virtual career fair will begin 4 weeks prior to the event date. Put a reminder in your calendar to check back here for a link to the event registration page. In the meantime create your OutBüro professional profile today.

Employers: Employers interested in actively recruiting LGBTQ diversity candidates should contact OutBüro at a minimum of 6 weeks before the event date(s) to register. See Virtual Career Fairs – For Employers and Virtual Career Fairs – Steps for Employers. It t is advised that all employers claim or add their Employer Listing on OutBüro well in advance of each virtual career fair so that candidates may research your organization and see all the great policies, benefits, business practice and more you are doing for your LGBTQ employees, clients/customers and the community

Dates: May 7, 2020

Time: 9 am – 4 pm US Eastern Time Zone

Around 4 weeks prior to the even Job Seeker registration will begin and announced.

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LGBTQ in Law Sector Virtual Career Fair – April 23rd

Law sector virtual career fair for LGBTQ professionals seeking LGBTQ inclusive employers. As part of our mission supporting LGBTQ professionals to connect with LGBTQ friendly employers who support LGBTQ corporate equality with a workplace that is inclusive and welcoming.

Job seekers: It is advised to establish your professional profile on OutBüro. Jobseeker online registration for each individual virtual career fair will begin 4 weeks prior to the event date. Put a reminder in your calendar to check back here for a link to the event registration page. In the meantime create your OutBüro professional profile today.

Employers: Employers interested in actively recruiting LGBTQ diversity candidates should contact OutBüro at a minimum of 6 weeks before the event date(s) to register. See Virtual Career Fairs – For Employers and Virtual Career Fairs – Steps for Employers. It t is advised that all employers claim or add their Employer Listing on OutBüro well in advance of each virtual career fair so that candidates may research your organization and see all the great policies, benefits, business practice and more you are doing for your LGBTQ employees, clients/customers and the community

Dates: April 23, 2020

Time: 9 am – 4 pm US Eastern Time Zone

Around 4 weeks prior to the even Job Seeker registration will begin and announced.

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LGBTQ in Travel & Hospitality Virtual Career Fair – April 16th

Travel and Hospitality virtual career fair for LGBTQ professionals seeking LGBTQ inclusive employers. As part of our mission supporting LGBTQ professionals to connect with LGBTQ friendly employers who support LGBTQ corporate equality with a workplace that is inclusive and welcoming.

Job seekers: It is advised to establish your professional profile on OutBüro. Jobseeker online registration for each individual virtual career fair will begin 4 weeks prior to the event date. Put a reminder in your calendar to check back here for a link to the event registration page. In the meantime create your OutBüro professional profile today.

Employers: Employers interested in actively recruiting LGBTQ diversity candidates should contact OutBüro at a minimum of 6 weeks before the event date(s) to register. See Virtual Career Fairs – For Employers and Virtual Career Fairs – Steps for Employers. It t is advised that all employers claim or add their Employer Listing on OutBüro well in advance of each virtual career fair so that candidates may research your organization and see all the great policies, benefits, business practice and more you are doing for your LGBTQ employees, clients/customers and the community.

Date: April 16, 2020

Time: 9 am – 4 pm US Eastern Time Zone

Around 4 weeks prior to the even Job Seeker registration will begin and announced.