Virtual Job Fairs for The 21st Century — You and Me

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The generations of Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, MySpace, and YouTube – MY generation – owes ON24 and SAE a big thanks – especially in this economy, for instead of driving out there and waiting a long time out in the real world, they can save you the trip and gas, so you can stay home, and still keep pounding the e-pavement. In other words, a virtual career fair brought to us by SAE.

“They’re able to upload their resumes to the system for review by the recruiters” said SAE International Recruiting Sales Manager Martha Schanno. “Candidates are more candid within the virtual event than in person. This is an incredible tool for job seekers – to visit exhibit booths, attend career development webcasts and research open positions.”

Since 2010, SAE and ON24 give job hunters the chance to test the waters, not to mention a lot of confidence and the ability to speak without the intimidation of face-to-face interviews with potential employers. “This is a virtual world we’re living in; the jobs and participants are real” stated Tricia Heinrich, Senior Director for ON24. “The Virtual Career Fair included a lot of what we call ‘entry-level’ – internships, co-ops, etc., for college grads. Using a virtual approach, they can reach students online. The event is open to any engineering level – employers looking for candidates who have between 0-20 years of experience.”

SAE’s main reason, Martha answered, was to offer engineers and recruiters an opportunity to connect. The second SAE Virtual Career Fair is set for September of this year; registration opens in July for engineering professionals.

“Virtual is the future and SAE wants to offer it as a highly efficient tool” Martha goes on. “It is all about making connections in the automotive, aerospace and commercial vehicle industries.”

Garrett Godwin is an entertainment journalist, who writes for NewsBlaze about television and people in the entertainment industry, from his home state of Michigan. Contact Garrett by writing to NewsBlaze.