A Virtual Career Fair?
It’s Monday morning, and little Timmy first-year is going to his very first college career fair. When he arrives to his University’s auditorium/gymnasium/quad clad in his best button up shirt and clip-on tie, he is overwhelmed by the sheer number of booths, students and companies in front of him. While wading through the crowds Timmy waits in line to attempt an introduction to some of the vendors, but doesn’t have an opportunity to share any ideas because of the sheer volume of students. He notices that leaving copies of his resume behind seems an empty gesture after seeing ten more dropped off immediately after his own. At the end of the day little Timmy leaves the career fair not feeling confident about the new connections he has built, but discouraged by his inability to stand out from the masses despite his best efforts.
If you’ve been to a career fair on your own campus, then you have likely had an experience similar to Timmy’s. The sheer volume of applicants competing for the attention of the employers (at least the ones who happen to be at this fair in particular) make it all but impossible to be remembered or even noticed by the people you would like to work for. This is where the MindSumo Virtual Career Fair Booth comes into play.
With the MindSumo VCFB, students and employers alike gain the opportunity to connect, share information, and assess whether or not they will be a good fit for one another. In visiting a VCFB, little Timmy can reach out to a company to express his interest in their product or mission, view and solve any challenges they may have posted, and answer a quick sourcing challenge to easily demonstrate the ideas he could bring to the company right off the bat.
The benefits of the VCFB are even greater for recruiters. Employers spend tens of thousands every year on the travel, registration fees, man hours and collateral necessary to run a successful booth. MindSumo makes it possible for recruiters to get in touch with top-tier students, collect resumes, and evaluate potential hires from the comfort of their own desk and at a fraction of the cost. In addition, while a standard career fair booth allows you to make contact with the students at a specific school who don’t have lecture or class during the allotted time, the VCFB is open twenty four hours a day and seven days a week to students across the country (and canada too!).
Maybe next time little Timmy will invest his time on MindSumo, and take a shot at earning some cash while he works to show off his skills and hunt for internships. At the very least it beats getting trampled in the stampede to drop off resumes at the Facebook booth nestled in the back corner of the basketball court.