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You’ve likely hosted multiple in-person career fairs, and if you organized recruiting events in 2020, then you probably planned at least one online event, too. And with the return of in-person programming and the ongoing demand for virtual fairs, hybrid recruiting is increasingly popular.
In 2020, we pivoted a decade’s worth of in-person recruiting experience and user-focused technology into a virtual event platform. The five sections of this article introduce hybrid career fairs, the pros and cons of these events, and steps to help you maximize the benefits for job seekers and hiring specialists.
Hybrid career fairs merge the benefits of virtual and socially distanced in-person events into one safe, personal, and cost-effective recruiting experience. CF+ organizes these programs in one of three ways:
These programs are delivered in person and on custom platforms accessed via websites or mobile apps. Program hosts, employers, and candidates benefit from various features depending on the technology and type of hybrid event.
The software also informs what other types of hybrid recruiting you can produce besides career fairs. The more robust the platform, the wider the variety of recruiting options you can offer your employers and job seekers.
Replace chat queues with confirmed meeting times
Customize 1:1, group, and panel sessions.
User-friendly interface increases engagement.
Attend weekly webinars and access Help Desk articles.
Talk or chat with real people before, during, and after your event.
Assess program success and track candidate status with unique metrics for event hosts and employers.
But, which hybrid model? Well, we can help you decide. Let’s start by reviewing the three different ways CF+ enables you to customize your hybrid recruiting for your target attendees, staffing resources, and budget. You can host:
Now a few questions to sort out which of these structures is best when…
If yes, then choosing Different Days maximizes your opportunity to meet varying institutional and municipal guidelines by hosting in-person and virtual events on separate days.
If no, then consider offering both on-site and online events on the Same Day.
Pro tip: you can offer your two components of your hybrid event a week apart; they don't have to be on consecutive days.
If yes, then choose Same Day, Same Time, and CF+ will support the setup, registration, and day-of activities for both formats simultaneously.
Pro tip: Consider offering a quiet space where in-person attendees can join their virtual meetings.
If no, then choose Same Day, Different Time, and we’ll help produce your on-site and online recruiting events separately, typically one in the morning and one in the afternoon.
Pro tip: Schedule enough rest and snack time between events to regroup and refuel!
Everything you need to know about hosting a hybrid career fair you already learned planning on-site and virtual events. It’s a similar process made easier with time-saving automation, customizable schedules, multiple formats, and a bunch of easy-going, happy people at CF+ ready to help!
As the saying goes, “Necessity is the mother of invention.” And in this case, the return of in-person recruiting combined with the popularity of virtual events is the necessity that’s shifting career event hosts to hybrid recruiting. So, if you're looking to increase your format options, choose a hosting partner whose technology platform offers more than chat queues or virtual profiles.
You know CF+ supports your hybrid events. We also help you host socially distant, on-site career fairs and recruiting events with proprietary crowd management tools and 1:1 scheduling.
And, the CF+ platform elevates your ongoing virtual recruiting.
Our software is easy to use, and we work as hard as our customers do to deliver productive, rewarding, and cost-efficient recruiting events. Career Fair+ is uniquely positioned to help you build in-person, virtual, and hybrid career fairs.
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