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Nashville announces citywide virtual job fair

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Posted at 1:22 AM, Aug 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-05 21:57:16-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Mayor John Cooper's Office announced a series of virtual job fairs to help people get back to work. The Nashville Works! Job Series is being organized by the Metro Action Commission's Workforce Division.

The job fair series will happen via Zoom, and people who wish to participate need to register online.

During this pandemic, more and more companies are turning to virtual job fairs and recruiting.

"We are definitely seeing that trend," said Travis Guerra with SHR Talent, "People are trying to avoid packed career fairs, being elbow to elbow."

Although you won't meet a recruiter in person, Guerra says you still should wear business casual attire and have your resume ready to go.

You should consider logging on a little bit early so you're not scrambling last minute.

We encourage people to interview companies least interested in so you're warmed up, have some questions out of the way and know the way you want to present yourself with," Guerra explained.

Guerra says make sure you pick a quiet, well-lit room and bring a pen and paper.

"Always write down hiring manager there and reached out to them afterward, whether it'd be on LinkedIn or email, saying it was great talking to you, here are some follow-up points I had," said Guerra.

Some companies may only use chat rooms, instead of video so have an introduction of yourself written up so you can introduce yourself and jump into the conversation with it.

Job seekers can use their own computers at home, but the city is also recommending people without computers use ones available at the Goodwill Career Solutions centers in Nashville, Mt. Juliet, and Murfreesboro.

One of the companies participating in the job fairs is Aegis, which has openings for maintenance technicians, lab aides, and more.

Other partners involved in the job fairs are Nashville State Community College, Conexion Americas, and Workforce Essentials.

To register to participate in the job fair on Thursday, August 6, click here. The job fair will run from 2 p.m.-4 p.m.