The 21 Best Virtual Career Fair Platforms & Software of 2021
Virtual career fair platforms are one of the fastest growing industries and things aren't expected to slow down any time soon especially as stay-at-home orders remain in place. And even when restrictions loosen, virtual career fairs are here to stay.
So whether you are a company looking to host a virtual hiring event to find top talent or a University looking to connect your graduating students with employers or an organization looking to host a multi-company virtual career fair, we’ve got you covered in our best virtual career fair platforms of 2020 review.
We reviewed the most experienced players in the game and created this article to guide you through the best virtual career fair platforms on the market.
The List of Best Virtual Career Fair Platforms
- Brazen Virtual Career Fair
- Lee Hecht Harrison
- Gr8 Peopl
- Communiqué Conferencing
#1 Brazen Virtual Career Fair Platform
Brazen is no stranger to the world of virtual career fairs. Founded in 2007, Brazen offers a wide range of tools to help companies, universities, and organizations connect virtually, including single-company virtual hiring events, multi-company virtual career fairs, video interviewing, live video broadcasts, QuickChat, recruiting chatbots, and of course a top rated virtual career fair platform.
This range illustrates how deeply Brazen understands the challenges of employers looking to hire candidates in this virtual world or universities looking to help their graduating students find that next best career. Companies like Spectrum, CVS Health, Northrop Grumman, and Walgreens, and top Universities like USC, NYU, Temple, Carnegie Mellon and a whole lot more host virtual career fairs regularly on Brazen’s platform and users report that the tools are “very easy to use and user friendly.”
In other reviews, users tout the cost and time savings. Here’s an example from G2Crowd: “Our sourcers loved the ease of use for the tool and the ability to chat with multiple candidates at once, it not only made things much more efficient in the long run, but it saved them tremendous amounts of time by funneling in a large [number] of candidates for recruiters in a short amount of time.”
Brazen’s services allow clients to create custom virtual career fairs, at their designated date and time, to target specific industries, job titles, or skills. This flexible service makes it easy for recruiters to focus on their biggest sourcing challenges. For example, one reviewer on Capterra reports using Brazen’s virtual career fairs to reach candidates with active security clearance to work in the Department of Defense space.
Other companies use it to find candidates for management-level positions or warehouse and logistics staff. Employers promote virtual career fairs via social media and email lists, and recruiters will soon be able to use text recruiting to invite past applicants from their database.
Lastly, Brazen is the only platform to offer video interviewing and live video broadcasts right from its virtual career fair platform.
And beyond the obvious boost to the candidate experience and employer brand, Brazen clients are ultimately hiring two times the number of candidates compared to companies who do not use their virtual fair platform.
With top-notch customer service and a constant push to innovate, it is safe to say that Brazen is one of the best in the space.
CareerEco was founded in 2009 and hosts a variety of online events, including virtual career fairs as well as online events for universities to connect prospective graduate students and alumni with employers, graduate schools, and other professional organizations. Clients include Georgia Tech, University of Wisconsin Platteville, and career-path specific organizations like the Veterinary Career Network and Hire Heroes (a veterans’ employment advocate).
CareerEco recognizes that recruiters can save time and money through online events, but adds an emphasis on the environmental friendliness of virtual career fairs as well, hence the “Eco” in the company name. Of course, the triple win they identify holds true for any virtual events vendor, but it’s a smart marketing angle.
Testimonials hosted on their site are positive, but there is scarcely any feedback to be found elsewhere on the web. It’s clear that CareerEco has a niche carved out, but there is little information available on their website about how their virtual career fairs actually work. For high-volume recruiters outside of academia, CareerEco is probably not a good fit.
#3 Lee Hecht Harrison
Founded in 1967, Lee Hecht Harrison is a well-known company in the HR world, primarily for its outplacement services. The company started to host virtual career fairs and networking events just three years ago, designed to help amicably separated employees find new jobs. LHH’s virtual career fairs are free for employers and they do all the set up and marketing. But here’s the catch (or catches, rather!): the online events are hosted several times a year at predetermined dates, events are generally held from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern time, and each event spans across all sectors.
While recruiters can certainly save money by participating in these free events, the limitations should be enough to give pause. For instance, without narrowing the career fair by industry or position, it’s unclear how many job seekers would align with your candidate requirements. For companies seeking hard-to-find talent, LHH’s virtual career fairs may not be worth the time, even with the alluring price tag of zero dollars.
vFairs was founded in 2008 and offers a platform for companies to host a variety of online events including training, trade shows, expos, and career fairs. Customers span across industries and include a few big names such as Purina and T-Mobile, as well as a number of smaller brands. Similar to the Brazen platform, vFairs allows recruiters to host custom events specifically for their company, at the date and time of their choosing and, while customer reviews are limited, they are largely positive, with users touting ease of use and good customer support as two key benefits.
The downside? Because of the wide variety of event options vFairs offers, recruiters may be overwhelmed or distracted by irrelevant features. As one customer wrote, “with so many options and possible areas to explore, customers may have a hard time navigating and finding specific information they are looking for.”
6Connex is a virtual career fair platform that works with sales and marketing teams to help with virtual trade shows. They also help with virtual summits and e-learning programs for your organization so if you are looking to replace your in person conferences or you are looking to help you with professional development for your current employees, 6Connex might just be the place to go.
There is less information out there on PremierVirtual but according to their website they are a multi-functional software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform designed to bridge the gap between technology and human interaction. They mention that they work with employers and universities but do not mention any specific companies on their website. The success that their clients have seen is impressive. Check out their website for more information.
It is important to note that Gr8 People do NOT offer an out-of-the-box virtual career fair platform. Instead, they offer a few tools that compliment virtual career fair platforms. These tools are mostly used to promote your virtual events and are used for capturing candidate information. It is worth mentioning that most of the aforementioned platforms already include these tools so going with this option is only recommended if you are looking to add on to the promotion of your virtual career fairs using one of the full-solution options mentioned above.
Zoom has seen a huge influx of users this year as it became one of the most popular ways to stay connected with friends and family while social distancing. While Zoom wasn't designed as a virtual career fair platform, many recruiters rely on the video conferencing tool to communicate with candidates. Hiring Managers often use Zoom to schedule individual and group interviews, and more companies are starting to explore their options with hosting Zoom job fairs. Currently, Zoom does not offer features that directly support hosting a virtual career fair.
If you're interested in SMS and chat-based recruiting tools, TextRecruit may be a good fit for you. The company was acquired by iCIMS and has broadened their software's functionality to include virtual career fairs. The platform allows you to live chat with multiple candidates during hiring events. TextRecruit's job fairs are focused around instant messaging, with no option to move conversations to audio or video chat.
EasyVirtualFair offers virtual career fair solutions for SMBs, universities and government organizations. They have a mobile friendly platform and focus on connecting recruiters with candidates who are "on the go". You can host webinars through EasyVirtualFair using third-party applications, but they do not offer their own video solutions. There is little information available regarding their chat functionality.
Brandlive has been around since 2010 and is an established video software company, but they are relatively unknown as a virtual career fair platform. They offer virtual event solutions with a focus on broadcasting live and recorded videos, but do not offer booth functionality. They use social media integrations to support interactions between presenters and attendees.
Founded in 2011, Bizzabo calls itself an “event success platform” for in-person, hybrid, and in-person events. While they offer pre-built integrations with third-party software, some customers have reported dissatisfaction with the high costs of these added software connections, so be sure to factor that into your budgeting calculations when comparing different options.
#13 Communiqué Conferencing
This company is headquartered in Bethesda, MD with offices in the UK, Australia, and Singapore. Similar to vFairs, Communiqué allows visitors and presenters to navigate through 3D event environments such as lobbies, theaters, resource centers, exhibit halls, and networking lounges via customizable avatars that can interact with elements within the virtual space. If you want your event to have a video game-like feel, this platform is an option.
We also took a look at several new players in the space that have recently released virtual career fair functionality on their platforms. Learn more about them below:
Very little is known about the XOR solution because it was launched after the COVID-19 pandemic started which likely means this solution was quickly put together to take advantage of the flood of companies moving to virtual career fairs. XOR is known for their recruiting chatbots and until further reviews and feedback, you should consider them as an untested entrant to the virtual career fair market.
Like XOR, Paradox launched a virtual career fair solution soon after the pandemic. Paradox is well known for their recruiting chatbot, named Olivia, and is mainly focused on scheduling interviews with candidates that come to your career site or job req landing pages. They are a great solution if you need a recruiting chatbot but are untested in the virtual career fair space. Buyer beware.
Eightfold.ai is known as an AI Powered talent intelligence platform and is also brand new to the virtual career fair space. The do not feature or have any information on their website about virtual events or virtual career fairs so again, tread carefully if you decide to engage with this new player in the virtual career fair space.
EventXtra is another new player in the virtual career fair space. There isn't much information available about their software features and reviews are sparse, but they focus primarily on online networking, virtual reality events, and webinars. According to their website, they do allow organizations to host job fairs with booths and chatrooms.
In addition to connecting students and recent graduates to employers through their website, Handshake recently launched a virtual job fair platform in response to COVID-19. Their career fairs are designed to help students learn more about potential employers through group meetings and 1:1 chats.
Symplicity aims to assist higher education institutions in providing their students with the tools they need to begin successful careers. They currently have solutions that support in-person career fairs, and they are in the process of creating a platform to manage virtual job fairs.
Cynaptx was founded in 2016 in Irving, Texas. It’s a career service management solution that targets students, schools, universities, colleges, and alumni groups and looks to facilitate virtual hiring events. This Microsoft ecosystem startup is powered by Microsoft Azure and Microsoft Teams and offers that communication interface for organizations already using these tools.
This London-based company was founded in 2019 and is one of the newer solutions on this list. While this platform describes itself as a virtual venue for live online events, it falls short of being a conversational recruiting platform and lacks some of the robust virtual event features of more established virtual event platforms, such as the abilities to gain insights on guest profiles while in a chat or prioritize and queue attendees throughout an event. According to a G2 user: “the chat box function does not seem very useful when there are more than 20 participants because it gets over-flooded with comments.”
Going virtually into the future
When moving to virtual events, talent acquisition professionals and universities need to partner with a vendor that understands today’s challenges and has been around for the longhaul. Finding a vendor that comprehends the TA ecosphere in a holistic way, beyond the immediate goals of sourcing and recruiting, can be a challenge. By comparing vendor services in the context of the broader business model, talent acquisition leaders can make informed decisions about where to invest in a virtual career fair platform that can ultimately save time, money, and improve both the candidate and recruiter experience.
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