Virtual career fairs are here to stay.
Studies have shown the majority of new hires come from networking. But the COVID-19 pandemic, by nixing the usual face-to-face career fairs, has made that hard to do in person.
Virtual career fairs had already increased in popularity, but now they are a must for both physicians seeking new opportunities and practices looking for new providers.
The lack of travel costs appeals to both recruiters and physicians. And the flexible scheduling makes it easier for physicians to check out new jobs without rescheduling patients — or letting their employers know they are looking.
Virtual availability is also a boon for rural hospitals. With no travel involved, it’s a breeze for even the most remote sites to network with providers. The Indian Health Service, a subset of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has had success using virtual fairs for recruitment for years.
If you’re a provider logging into a fair, here’s how to make your best impression virtually:
- Make sure you have a stable internet connection.
- If the chat is video-enabled, make sure you’re in a clean, private room.
- Speak with as many recruiters as possible — even if you’re not interested, it’s great practice for refining what you want to say.
- Always follow up with a thank you email to every recruiter within 24 hours.