Jobs Connected is a platform for colleges and other institutions to host video chat career fairs and other virtual events. Our goal is to make the career exploration and job search process easier for students and other job seekers.
It can be challenging for students and other job seekers to learn about different careers and employers. The result is that students focus less on finding an organization that is a good fit for them and more on finding an organization that will hire them. Job boards offered by institutions and companies offer only a limited way for students and other job seekers to learn about different careers and employers. First, for those who do not know what they want to do, there is no way to explore and learn about the different careers available. In order to use a job board, one must search for a specific industry or position. Second, those that know what industry they are interested in are limited in how much they can learn about a given employer. Reading descriptions about an employer and its positions can shed some light, but is often not enough and can give one a very different impression of the employer than had one had a chance to talk to a representative from that organization. Third, there is currently no way for students and other job seekers to find employers based on the organization’s culture, making it even harder to find an employer that is the right fit.
Not only is career exploration difficult, but also is the job search and application process. Many students and other job seekers rely on connections because employers would rather hire someone that they trust and someone with whom they have a personal relationship. This can be particularly difficult for students who come out of college because most students graduate with a limited set of connections. As a result, they are forced to spend a significant amount of time on job boards and apply for hundreds of positions before making heading way. They are then forced into a situation where they must take positions that they do not like because their options are limited.
Traditional career fairs are a great way for students and other job seekers to learn about different employers and make personal connections with them, but they have significant challenges. It takes a significant amount of time, effort, and money to host an on-campus career fair, meaning that most institutions are limited to hosting one or two a year. Employers that attend are limited to those can come to campus. Lastly, in the end, the events are limited in effectiveness due to the short amount of time each student and other job seeker gets with each employer, the need to walk to each employer’s table, and those that could not attend the event miss out entirely.
Jobs Connected changes this. Video chat career fairs and other virtual events not only provide the benefits of on-campus events, but also reduce obstacles such as time and cost required to setup an event, efficiency and effectiveness of the event, distance of employers, and conflicts with students and other job seekers schedules. Hosting video chat career fairs allows students and other job seekers to have a variety of employers to explore. As more video chat career fairs are hosted, students and other job seekers can look through previous video chat career fairs and learn about employers from a variety of industries that attended those events as well. Students and other job seekers can do more than just read about an employer’s positions and organization, they can watch videos about them and recordings of them talking to other students and other job seekers at previously held video chat career fairs at the same institution. This also means that students and other job seekers that could not make the event can still see the video chat sessions the employers held and apply to positions after the event is over. Most importantly, students and other job seekers can talk to them employer during the event and see if they are the right fit. Alumni panels provide further insight for students and other job seekers by allowing them (particularly students) talk to alumni from their institution and ask about their jobs ranging from what their position is like to advice to obtaining a position in that field. Once a student knows that type of industry they are interested in, our personality assessment can match them to organizations that are a cultural and workplace fit.
Furthermore, video chat career fairs make a huge difference in one’s ability to land a job. By guaranteeing one a designated amount of time to talk to an employer, one has time to establish a personal connection with an employer and showcase their strengths. Once a students and other job seeker is ready to apply for a position, they can easily do so by the click of a button. In addition to our standard formats for virtual events, we are able to customize events to meet each institution’s individual needs.