IEEE Hosts Its First Virtual Career and Talent Expo

Employers recruit members online

8 May 2015

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Wouldn’t it be nice if you could submit your résumé from the comfort of your desk and fill out a quick online assessment to get matched up with a job that fits your skills and interests? That’s the idea behind the IEEE Virtual Career and Talent Expo, which will be held throughout the month of June.

Hosted by IEEE Region 6 (which covers the Western United States), the event is free to all IEEE members (non-members pay US $125.00) and virtually connects job hunters to hundreds of job openings. There will be opportunities to listen to keynotes from industry experts, virtually attend live webinars, and even network. The event will cover how to negotiate salary, continuing education opportunities, and emerging fields that are hiring.

There will also be live recruiting days on 10, 11, and 12 June where attendees can communicate directly with employers from the site’s video chat.

GETTING AHEAD

After registering for the event, participants complete a free online personal skills and talent assessment form, which measures skills, passions, and interests. They can share the results on an online profile they create on the site to help them market their skill set as well as be matched with the right position.

“IEEE is onto something big by incorporating assessment-driven data for job matching,” said IEEE Senior Member Thomas Coughlin, director of Region 6, in a news release about the event. “We are changing the way people look for jobs and the way businesses recruit and hire. It’s important for our members to participate in this event.”

Along with the assessment, attendees will receive a 23-page so-called talent report that provides seven areas for career development including personal branding, résumé and cover letter writing, and interview skills.

“Only until you discover your talents and become aware of the possibilities within can you point yourself in the right direction for success,” said IEEE Senior Member Mike Andrews, former director of Region 6, in that same news release. “The assessment, coupled with the strength of a candidate’s résumé, will enable an ideal match between a company and candidate.”

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

  • From 1 to 9 June, the Virtual Career and Talent Expo will host professional development sessions centered on the personal skills and talent assessment. Keynote speakers will discuss the latest industry news and career advice. There will also be technical sessions.
  • From 10 to 12 June, attend the “live” event. Recruiters will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Pacific Time. Participants can speak with recruiters and company representatives in their virtual booths. Prospective employers will also be conducting interviews with candidates via the site’s video chat service.

  • From 1 to 30 June, participants will be able to select the virtual booth of the employers they are want to interview by, upload their résumés, and select the job opportunities that interest them. They can also watch video presentations about the employers’ benefits and work culture.

Visit IEEE Virtual Career and Talent Expo to register.

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