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Virtual job fairs in times of COVID-19

marzo 31, 2021

Learn about online events taking place before the end of the year to help you get a job or make a career change

Have you lost your job or do you want a professional change? Or have you just finished your university studies or Vocational Training and are looking for your first job opportunity? Whatever your situation, this may be a good time to start your job search.

Among the different existing channels to search for work are the job fairs, both face-to-face and on-line. Nevertheless, in times of coronavirus, online job search events have skyrocketed compared to face-to-face ones. Among the advantages that this type of virtual events have over traditional ones is being able to access them from any device with an internet connection and from anywhere.

There are different types of virtual job fairs depending on the entities that organize them and the target audience. The administrations, universities and human resources consultancies, as well as some companies, are the organizations that usually carry out this type of event.

Know below some virtual job fairs that will take place in the last months of 2020 and that can be useful to improve your chances of getting a job.

1. Virtual employment fair of the Community of Madrid

Given that young people have been the most affected emotionally and at work by the pandemic, the Community of Madrid will hold the first edition of an online job fair aimed especially at this group, although older people may also participate.

The virtual employment fair of the Community of Madrid will be held from September 21 at 9:30 a.m. to September 29 at 6:00 p.m.. To take part, you only need to register on the event website.

Among the activities that will be offered during the fair are: chats for public or private contact with exhibitors and visitors, job interviews and webinars of experts that will be able to guide the participants in their job search.

2. BizBarcelona and Saló de l’Ocupació

Job fairs BizBarcelona and the Saló de l’Ocupació will be held from September 21-23 both in virtual and face-to-face format, although the latter under strict security measures drawn up by experts in risk management and the advice of the Hospital Clínic de Barcelona.

Bizbarcelona It is a virtual and face-to-face space for entrepreneurs to meet. To level on-line will have conferences, personalized advice and activities of networking. For his part, Saló de l’Ocupació It constitutes a virtual and face-to-face place to obtain information, advice and learn about the professional profiles requested by companies, and also to receive employment guidance.

These meetings, led and promoted by the Barcelona City Council through Barcelona Activa and other institutions and entities, will be held at the Fira de Barcelona Montjüic venue and aim to reactivate entrepreneurship, the business fabric and job opportunities. In addition, they constitute the return of the face-to-face fair activity in Barcelona after the COVID-19 crisis, which caused the cancellation of these multitudinous events.

Both job fairs in hybrid format will include virtual activities such as webinars, conferences, job interviews on-line “to expand the scope, the audience and the duration beyond the days of celebration,” Fira de Barcelona reported in a statement. “The two events converge with tools, resources, guidance and training proposals useful for entrepreneurs, self-employed workers, SMEs, startups and anyone looking for work, a professional change or working on their own. “

Many of the contents, such as, for example, the main conferences that take place in person, will be disseminated on-line to reach a greater number of people. Also, Promoting entities will share training capsules and activities through the internet the days before and after the events.

3. Infojobs virtual job fair

The job search platform Infojobs organizes its first virtual job fair nationwide on September 29 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

“The labor market is experiencing an exceptional situation and, in this context of difficulty caused by COVID-19, InfoJobs continues to innovate and seek new formulas to facilitate the job search in an agile and efficient way, “explains Mónica Pérez, Infojobs communication director, in statements to Educaweb.

Between the Companies that will participate in the Infojobs virtual job fair are BBVA, Grupo Planeta – Direct Sales Division, Huawei, Iberdrola, Indra, Mercadona or Telefónica, among other leading companies in their sectors that will offer more than 1,000 job vacancies nationwide.

Those who dare to participate in the virtual job fair will be able to navigate and interact with experts in human resources in the virtual stands of the companies, as well as enroll in the selection processes through the platform and conduct video interviews. They may also receive professional accompaniment to improve your employability.

There will also be webinars, conferences and workshops taught by experts so that future candidates and candidates can improve their employment situation. To sign up for the event you only need register for free in the following link. However, the number of places is limited.

4. JOBarcelona and JOBMadrid 2020 Digital Edition

With the aim of offering a virtual meeting space between employers and young final year students or recent graduates from higher education cycles or university careers, the human resources consultancy JOBinplanet.com – Talent Point HRConsulting will carry out two virtual job fairs before the end of the year: JOBarcelona and JOBMadrid.

Both free fairs are aimed at students and university or higher VET graduates under 35 years of age. The and Young women interested in participating will be able to sign up for job offers and internships, chat with employers and receive career guidance online, among other activities.

Although these events have also been held annually in person and virtually before the health crisis, on this occasion they will be held in the modality on-line. The 8th edition of JOBBarcelona It will take place from October 20 to 22 and the 3rd edition of JOBMadrid from December 15 to 17.

In addition, each fair will offer webinars Live from both company representatives and human resources professionals who will give advice to candidates in their job search. There will also be short virtual meetings between candidates and employers, as well as the opportunity to conduct job video interviews.

5. Virtual employment fair for the digital sector UNIR

If you are looking for a job in the digital sector, International University of La Rioja (UNIR) has organized the first Virtual job fair for the digital sector UNIR from September 28 to October 4.

The free virtual event will offer the opportunity to be able to sign up for job offers, make spontaneous applications and contact recruiters through chats. Among the participating companies are 3M, BBVA, Repsol, Unilever, 3M, Leroy Merlin and CEPSA, among others. This is just one of the virtual job fairs that UNIR usually holds during the year, with or without the health crisis.

While the job fair is aimed mainly at UNIR students, which you can access at any time and from anywhere, the People outside the university who wish to participate in the event may do so by filling out a form. If you require more information visit the website of the job fair.

6. International virtual fairs to work in Europe

If your goal is work abroad, the EURES network regularly organizes so-called European Job Days, which are virtual job fairs to work in certain countries of the European Union. In the last months of the year there will be several events of this type, the first of them being Work in France for the Winter Season, on September 21, and which is aimed at recruiting young people interested in working in French ski resorts.

Through these virtual events it is possible contact employers directly, chat with them and sign up for their job offers.

To participate in any of the job fairs organized by EURES, you must register for each of the events, as well as have minimum requirements such as have a device through which to connect to webinars, chats, video conferences and video interviews, as well as having a headset, microphone, camera and a Skype account.

Next, know what are the virtual job fairs of the European Job Days that will take place before the end of 2020. Keep in mind that the website of these events is constantly updated and that more work events may arise on-line of which appear in the following table.

Event Dates Organizing entity More details
Work in France for the Winter Season September 21st EURES France Event aimed at young students and graduates who wish to work during the winter in ski resorts.
Lithuania is waiting for you! October 1st EURES Lithuania Fair aimed at the general public interested in working in Lithuania.
Work in Flanders – Belgium 2020 October 2nd EURES Belgium Special event for graduates in engineering, science and health-related careers.
Make it in Germany 2020 – Take your Chance October 7 EURES Germany Informative job fair for people interested in working in Germany.
Back on Track Hungarian Job Day October 8th EURES Hungary Fair aimed at the general public interested in working in Hungary.
OneJob 2020 – Graduate Online European Job Fair October 27th Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro University, University of Vigo, EURES Cross-border Galicia-North of Portugal and the European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation Galicia-North of Portugal Aimed especially at students and graduates of the organizing universities, but the general public can also participate.
Own elaboration based on information from the websites of each event.

Tips for dealing with virtual job fairs

  1. Choose a fair according to your professional interests and studies
  2. Research which employers participate in the virtual job fair and write down which ones interest you before the event to contact them during it.
  3. Update your resume and your profiles on social networks …