You’ve already broken the mold. You’re a woman in a career field often thought of as a boys’ club. All that’s left is to land a job at one of the country’s most prestigious companies.
Fairygodboss is giving you the opportunity to do just that — from the comfort of your home. The women-centric career website is hosting a virtual job fair for women in technology, July 31 between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. Eastern time. Big-name employers such as Apple, Fidelity, Hewlett Packard, Hilton, Guitar Center, Verizon and several others are attending.
Each company has open positions in a variety of tech-related roles, including:
- Data science
- Software design and engineering
- User-experience and user-interface design
A resume or LinkedIn profile is required to register for the fair. Registration closes 12 p.m. Eastern on July 29.
During the event, you will be able to virtually meet hiring managers from several different companies through an online portal. Each company will have a digital booth, similar to a real job fair, where you can learn more information about the company, browse open positions or join a chat room with other attendees and hiring managers.
To request more information about a specific job listing, you may start a one-on-one chat or video session with a hiring manager. Or if you’re making a good impression, the hiring manager may request a chat session with you.
Traditionally, careers in computer science have had much higher male populations, but according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, software-development and computer-information jobs are some of the highest-paying and fastest-growing jobs for women.
Helping push that trend is Fairygodboss, a women-centric career network where women can find jobs, attend events, get career advice and rate employers. Each employer attending the event has been reviewed by Fairygodboss members, and the results are available in the registration FAQ.
And don’t worry if you’re new to virtual job fairs. You’re not alone. Read our step-by-step guide on how to prepare for a virtual job fair.
And if you’re strapped for time, here are the big takeaways.
Do your homework.
Just because the job fair is online doesn’t make it any less crucial that you make a good impression. Come to the fair prepared with tailored questions for the hiring manager.
Take care of tech beforehand.
Is your account properly registered? Are your web browser and flash player up to date? Documents organized and ready to go? Don’t forget the motherlode of all tech issues: WiFi. Hardwire your computer with an ethernet cable, if worse comes to worse.
If all goes well, a hiring manager might ask to interview you on-the-spot. So be dressed to impress. Make sure you are in a well-lit, distraction-free area where you can chat. It’s OK if that’s not the case, too. Explain that you are not in the best environment for an interview, and offer alternative times when you are available.
Adam Hardy is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. He specializes in ways to make money that don’t involve stuffy corporate offices. Read his latest articles here, or say hi on Twitter @hardyjournalism.