The Age of the Virtual Job Fair

Everything looks a bit different now in the workforce world, and the job fair is part of that change.  Virtual job fairs have been coming to prominence for some time, but now more than ever they are the way to connect job seekers to hiring managers.  We don’t expect this to end anytime soon.   That’s why Dynamic Works is your resource for facilitating and supporting your virtual job fair needs.  

What is a Virtual Job Fair?

Virtual job fairs or online job fairs are exactly what they sound like.  A forum for job seekers to connect to multiple employers at a set time in a secure online environment.  This may happen in a webinar or teleconference where multiple prospects can browse among companies, much like a traditional job fair.  It may, however, mean a virtual conference room with break out rooms for small group or private conversations and potential interviews. Think in the style of Zoom, Skype or Microsoft Teams. Resumes are loaded online and reviewed electronically.

In addition to the actual bridging of employee and employer a virtual job fair can also provide content for those needing help with resumes, practice interviewing, certification prep, or career coaching. There are as many configurations as there are needs for virtual job fairs.  The one thing they all have in common is the ability to connect people and advance workforce readiness and hiring. 

Why Virtual?

Besides the obvious 2020 reasons of social distancing, virtual job fairs allow a university, association, trade group, employment agencies or special interest organizations (such as veterans) to host multiple hiring managers in the same place for a fraction of the cost of traditional conferences. The attraction of logging on instead of traveling is appealing to many hiring managers as well as to many employment seekers.  And as more and more employers seek remote “at home” staff, a virtual job fair is a natural way to seek them out and get a feel for how they interview and work in a remote setting.

How Does a Virtual Job Fair Benefit Job Seekers?

For many of today’s job seeker a virtual job fair makes the most sense.  Many are digital natives and will shine in an environment where they can show off their skills and have a discussion with recruiters where they are comfortable.  For others the advantage of an online event allows them to get face time with a variety of companies without needing to travel to a site that may not even be near the physical job placement they are seeking. 

By registering for a virtual job fair, the job seeker has time to research the companies presenting there, see what job opportunities are available and tailor their time to talk to those who best match their skill sets and talents.  They are not wandering around a site hoping to having the right conversation.  They know who they want to connect with and the reason why.  In theory job seekers come to the event more prepared than ever and more in line with those who are hiring.

Another great benefit that to the digital job fair is that it allows those who are differently-abled to attend on the same playing field as everyone else.  This is a great alternative for those that have difficulty making it to multiple physical locations to attend different events.  Their job ability is the focus to the recruiter, not their physical ability.

How Does a Virtual Job Fair Benefit Hiring Companies?

We’ve already talked about the cost benefit of not having to travel to a site and set up a booth.  Other advantages are that a company may choose to attend only those job fairs where they are likely to connect with candidates qualified and interested in their industry.  A job fair for the construction industry is only going to attract job seekers interested in what construction companies have to offer.  No wasting time talking to those seeking jobs in unrelated fields.  

A virtual job fair also gives a company the chance to pre-screen resumes of those who have registered.  They can determine ahead of time if there are candidates attending who can add value to their company and seek them out particularly.  

In another scenario a company looking to increase diversity may seek to attend a job fair sponsored by a veteran’s advocacy group or a women’s association of a particular industry.  We already know that a diverse workplace improves creativity, allows for a wider range of skills, deepens employee engagement and can help a company’s reputation as a cultural leader.  Why not use the best means possible to cast a wide net for candidates that will in the end help your company’s bottom line?

In this digital age with people all over the globe working for the same company the opportunity to connect with people outside of your particular geographic location is paramount to finding the best candidates. The virtual job fair offers all that and more.

What can Dynamic Works Do for You?

By now you see the need for and potential benefits of a virtual job fair.  The logistics of hosting one or being a part of one can seem daunting.  The best career fairs are enriched with resources, gamification, communication tools, recruitment technology, employer branding, informative discussions, great question and answer opportunities and of course- top candidates for your vacancies. We can help.  At Dynamic Works we are in the business of providing outstanding virtual learning and that includes facilitating career fairs.

Allowing Dynamic Works to facilitate your job fair allows you and your team to be the face of the event. We take care of the set up, support and real time logistics. You are freed up to interact with the job seekers and employers just as you would in a face-to-face environment, and perhaps even more efficiently.   Dynamic Works can provide a space that is customizable to your individual needs and wants. 

Connect with us TODAY to see how we can help you fill your need for virtual job fair support. Email info@dwfs.us to set up your free demo!

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Dynamic Teams & Working Styles

There are many things that make our team well… dynamic.

One of the most unique facets is that our team works remotely full-time. We’ve been doing it for a while, so the work from home part is not new to us. The at home all the time part is! For some of us we’ve suddenly got a house full of people at home with us! In the wake of social distancing and self-quarantine, we are all asking ourselves, “How can I possibly stay focused for 8 hours a day?” Pets, snacks, kids, laundry, screens, partners, and our comfy beds stare us in the face with each moment that crawls by. For others the new routine of not having evening plans and activities keeps us sitting at our computers longer than normal. There’s got to be a balance! Getting your work done without distraction and turning it off at the end of the work day as well!

So, what’s the magic behind an entire virtual team? How does the Dynamic Works squad stay engaged, productive, and sane at the same time?

According to Cal Newport’s “Deep Work,” there are 4 types of focus approaches:

  • The monastic approach. This is where you shut yourself off from distractions completely. An extreme example might be moving to a remote cabin in the middle woods with no technology and locking yourself in until you check off everything on your to-do list. But we don’t expect you to do that.
  • The bimodal approach. This is when you might set aside a block of a few hours to hyper focus. Once the block of time is done, you can work on all the other stuff you got to do, like finishing Love is Blind on Netflix.
  • The rhythmic approach. This involves setting aside small chunks of time over the course of a longer period to accomplish a task. You might set aside 2 hours a day for 6 weeks, for example. You know what they say: A chunk a day keeps the procrastination away!
  • The journalistic approach. This is when you use random blips of free time to dedicate towards your tasks. When you find yourself staring out a window, you may suddenly think, “I could do that report I guess.” Then you focus in and have the time of your life on doing that report.

We asked our General Manager and Business Development Manager to tell us their personal focus approach. Here’s what they said:

GENA LEISTEN, General Manager – Bimodal

“Show your face on meetings as much as possible for accountability AND team camaraderie. Seeing other people can brighten your day, especially virtually.”

NIKKI STRUNK, Business Development Manager – Rhythmic/Bimodal

This sounds silly but, make your bed and put on your shoes! I also have found that a daily to-do list and scheduling at least 30 minutes outside of the house refreshes me, too.”

Finding your own work and focus styles can be a trial & error process.

Somedays you’ll know you did something wrong when you’ve had 5 cups of coffee and 7 breaks by noon. But that’s okay! Everyone has a perfect work flow just waiting to be achieved.

No matter what your style the most important thing to remember right now is that these are extraordinary times and things are just different. Kids are going to interrupt meetings, dogs are going to bark, connections are going to be iffy. It’s o.k. none of us have done this at this level before. Things happen. A cat stepping on a keyboard is not going to wreck the space time continuum, and it may give a welcome laugh when we all need it most.

Wishing you deep focus in your missions!

-Your Dynamic Team

Ex-Offender Job Development Series

Who hires ex-offenders?

The truth is that some companies hire many people with a record–people who have the skills and abilities to do the work, even if they have a criminal record. Others may be afraid that people who have criminal records won’t be good workers. In those cases, it’s up to you, the workforce professional, to show them that’s not true.

So, what can you do, as a workforce professional, to improve employment prospects for your client, an ex-offender?

Do you know how to get an ex-offender interview ready?

What are the Green Elements Standards?

How should they talk about their conviction?

What are employer benefits for hiring a worker with a criminal record?

If you don’t know the answers to these and other questions, consider taking our new Ex-Offender Job Development Series.

This series contains lessons allowing you to uncover strategies your client can utilize to overcome employer resistance in hiring individuals with a criminal history. Learn how labeling negatively impacts an individual with a criminal history. Discover how motivational interviewing strategies can assist the client with a criminal history to find his or her voice and the strength to obtain meaningful employment. Help your clients advocate for themselves so they can experience a brighter future. Then put it all together with a summary lesson for next steps in your work with Ex-Offenders.

Check out this free lesson on Putting It All Together.


“The Ex-Offender training I took was immensely helpful! 
Yvonne Lopez, MBA Program Specialist

Yvonne Lopez, MBA
Program Specialist

I gained skills to better provide services to this population.  I also learned about how they think about themselves and how I can help them to change their mindset.  I appreciate how important it is for them to change the way they think about themselves so that they can present themselves with more confidence to potential employers.  I wanted to run out and start informing employers about the importance of being thoughtful in deciding not to hire people with backgrounds to avoid inadvertently violating EEOC requirements.”


Contact us today to learn more at gleisten@dwfs.us or click here to purchase!

Finding Success, One Step at a Time


Michel LoustaunauThroughout this journey called life, I have learned that it is only through hard work and dedication that one’s goals can be achieved. My name is Michel Loustaunau, and I am from Chihuahua, Mexico, a beautiful city with a rich culture and history. I lived there for the first thirteen years of my life. After I obtained my permanent residence, I immigrated to the U.S. and started school. With that first step, many opportunities became available for me.


When I was a senior in high school I remember thinking, What am I going to do during the summer with no work experience? I really wanted a job, but I had no skills; I didn’t even know how to write a resume or fill out a job application.

My second step came after I saw a pamphlet that was promoting a summer program that would help youth 16 to 24 get a job. All I needed to do was show up and be willing to learn, which I did. In 2009 I became part of the youth program which helps young adults gain training, work experience, and skills (among many other things) providing a pathway for self-sufficiency. The case workers at Workforce Solutions Borderplex were extremely kind to me. After asking about my interests and learning that I was majoring in psychology, they prepared me for my first job.

After a couple of years of guidance and support from my family, friends, and my youth case manager, I graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. This step was a big accomplishment for me and my family, since I was the first person in my family to graduate from college. I continued taking advantage of the educational opportunities available to me and started pursuing a Master of Arts in Sociology and will graduate in the Spring of 2018.

Professionally, I was hired on a permanent basis as a youth case manager after I was no longer part of the program. Today, I continue to work in the youth program as a lead case manager and work with my mentor and friend, who was once my own youth case manager. I am extremely grateful for the opportunities the workforce system has provided me, including giving me the chance to fulfill my dream of working with those in need. Now I’m able to help youth reach their own dreams no matter how big they are.

Success only takes effort, serenity, responsibility and a positive attitude. In life no matter how difficult a situation might seem nothing is impossible if you got the courage to fight for what you want. And remember to take that first step.