Virtual Career Fairs
Before the Fair
Please carefully read all sections on this page to ensure you are prepared, technology-wise, to attend our virtual career fairs. Also check our blog, for many other career fair tips, guides and how-to sections.
- Have a laptop or desktop ready. Do not use a mobile device.
- Use a Chromium based browser (Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome).
- Disable all adblockers and popup blockers.
- If possible, install Teams and Zoom locally on your machine.
- Fully setup Teams and Zoom and make sure your camera and audio work.
- Use a wired internet connection of possible.
- Test your Wi-Fi by starting a test Zoom/Teams video chat from the specific location you will be sitting during the fair.
- Test your video and audio on the specific device you will be using for the fair. Make any adjustments that are necessary.
- Use a wired headset over a Bluetooth/wireless one. Record yourself and make sure the audio is acceptable.
Please watch the video below for a quick start guide to virtual career fairs.
There are many sources for learning about Microsoft teams. However, Microsoft provide their own training and support. Their demos cover most aspects of Teams and are a good starting point.
Zoom hosts most of their training videos on Youtube. Their support site organizes all the videos by category and is a good place to start learning about Zoom.
Employers may also use Google Meet for video chats during our fairs. Please refer to Google’s support page to learn the basics.
- Go to Starr Search.
- Log in with the email address registered on your account.
- If you cannot login, click “forgot password” and follow instructions to reset your password. Be advised that the password reset email may not be instantaneous. Make sure to check your spam folders as well.
- Complete your Starr Search profile if you have not already done so. Make sure you upload a resume as well.
Please note that accounts for new students are created at the beginning of each semester. Check your Baruchmail for a welcome email from our system. Alternatively, you can also click “forgot password” if you cannot locate the email. Current undergraduate, degree seeking, students are qualified for Starr Search accounts. Students who have obtained an undergraduate degree from Baruch college also qualify for an account.
- Find the fair you would like to attend, under “Events” and click “Attend” if you have not done so already. Make sure to upload your resume so employers can view this throughout the fair.
- Set your status to “Online”.
- Complete your career fair chat profile.
- Double check your Starr Search account and make sure all your information is up to date (graduation date, major, etc.).
- When the fair starts, go to the Employer tab, under the career fair page.
- Filter employers that you are interested in.
- Express interest in employers by clicking on the star icon. Employers can filter candidates by those who have expressed interest, so it’s best to express interest.
- Click on the employer name to bring up their profile and a list of positions they are recruiting for.
- You can initiate a chat request by clicking “Join Queue”.
- Once you have initiated chat requests, do not navigate away from the career fair page. This may result in losing your spot in line. If you want to continue using your browser, open a new tab or window.
- “Upcoming Chats” will display a list of employers with whom you have requested chats and estimated wait times. Please note that wait times can vary.
- You can join up to 5 lines at a time.
- When you have reached the front of the line, you will get a notification. Click the notification for instructions on how to join the employer chat. This can vary, based on the teleconferencing service the employer uses (Zoom, Teams, etc.).
- Once you are chatting with an employer, keep track of the countdown timer, as each student is allotted a maximum time.
- When you are ready to conclude the chat, click “End Chat”. Use the notes window to make notes for yourself. The employers do not have access to these notes.
Some employers may offer a group chat option for students who are waiting in line. You can access this chat by clicking “Group Chat”, if available. Please note that joining a group chat does not forfeit your spot in line and you will still get notifications when your turn arrives.
If you need to step away shortly, set your status to “Busy”. Employers will not be able to invite you to one on one chats.
If you are ready to completely leave the fair, set your status to “Offline”. This will remove you from any lines you may still be waiting in.
If you have any questions, you can access the Starr Career Development Center team from 11:30AM to 4PM on the day of the fair, for our open forum – Join us for any questions, practice your introduction or get tips on how to make the most of the fair.