In the last few years, online job fairs have surfaced as a dynamic solution to help employers break free from the limitations of traditional hiring methods and unlock the best talent in their area.

By providing a 3D platform which mimics the feel of a physical job fair, employers and jobseekers can now connect in an online setting which offers all the benefits of a job board and job fair combined.

By bringing together jobseekers and employers in a convenient setting, online job fairs play a key role in helping companies ace staffing without compromising on talent quality, hiring targets or cost.

As this trend continues to experience exponential growth, we explore the top five reasons employers and recruiters are adopting online job fairs as a vital part of their recruitment process.

 

Attract passive jobseekers

Targeting passive candidates remains a challenge for the legal industry. According to The Undercover Recruiter, passive talent are 120% more likely to make an impact on your business, whilst 33% are more likely to be seeking challenging work. Posting a job advert online and expecting hundreds of applications to roll in is no longer an option.

Online job fairs are a huge opportunity for passive jobseekers as they can discover new employment opportunities at their own pace without commitment. By providing an engaging and interactive picture of what jobseekers could expect from being part of your company, jobseekers can make an informed decision on whether they would like to pursue it further.

In the current candidate driven market, jobseekers will actively seek out supporting information to confirm their ideas and values align with those of the company before spending time going through the recruitment process. Company review sites such as Glassdoor can reaffirm their decision to apply for a particular vacancy.

 

Expand your talent pool

A shortage of skilled and experienced candidates is an ongoing challenge for recruiters. Employees are leaving their current place of work quickly (studies indicate the average period of time for millennials to spend at one job is two years or less), and if workers haven’t quit yet, they’re already considering their next move.

With the freedom to select talent from a nationwide pool of candidates at an online job fair, finding the perfect employee is no longer the daunting task that it once was.

Jobseekers wishing to attend the job fair need to complete a quick registration, including some key details and an updated copy of their CV. Once completed, jobseekers can login on the event day via their chosen device, from wherever they may be in the world.

Eliminating location, travel and time constraints encourages higher levels of participation. Empowering the jobseeker to choose when, and more importantly where, they access the job fair from, has proven to boost attendance levels by over 70%.

 

Shortlist the best talent

At an online job fair, exhibitors can browse the Attendee List to shortlist the best talent. With CVs and contact details available to view right away, this exciting feature presents an opportunity to recruit before the job fair goes live.

To ensure time is spent efficiently during the fair, exhibitors have the option to arrange meetings (or mini interviews) in the chat room with preferred candidates. With so many additional features, exhibitors can maximise their chance of locating and recruiting the perfect candidate, and subsequently breeze through their recruitment funnel.

 

Discover beyond the CV

Finding the time to conduct a search for candidates, sifting through mounds of unsuitable applications and screening is a cause for concern for recruiters, as it can consume large periods of time. On average, a legal vacancy receives over 250 applications.

On top of this, while job boards are effective in attracting jobseekers to live vacancies, they can be limiting in narrowing down the search once the applications are in.

At an online job fair, exhibitors can converse with a large number of jobseekers in a one-stop environment to discover more about the person behind the CV. This can be useful for employers who are looking for a particular fit within their company.

For the majority, job fairs can act as an initial screening process, and employers will often base the first round of interviews off the back of the interaction during the fair. This can save employers a great deal of time interviewing unsuitable candidates.

 

Reduce recruitment costs

According to OnRec, the average cost per hire is £3000. Due to the nature of physical events, exhibiting is expensive and costs can spiral quickly.

Online job fairs eliminate travel, accommodation, printing, furniture and equipment hire which can significantly reduce hiring costs. With zero chance of damage or loss and no hidden fees, costs are much more stable with an online fair.

Another advantage of recruiting online is effectively measuring a return on investment. As all activity can be tracked, including job applications, videos watched, documents downloaded, conversations held, exhibitors can conclusively measure if the job fair met their expectations and recruitment targets.

Unlock the hottest talent in your area now 

On May 6th, Courvent Law will host the Law Job Fair. To discover the best candidates quickly and efficiently without even leaving the office, why not book a demo to discover how the technology provides fresh opportunities to connect with jobseekers and how Courvent Law attracts qualified professionals to their job fairs. 

Book a demo now by calling 01772 639039 or emailing events@courvent.com

About Courvent Law 

Courvent Law strives to connect employers and jobseekers in a hassle free and cost effective environment. With a wide network of industry partners including Simply Law Jobs, Lawyer Monthly and ILSPA, Courvent Law specialises in connectivity through innovation.

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