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Texas Workforce Commission to host virtual jobs fair

There’s a pandemic raging through the country, so the state employment agency known as Texas Workforce Commission has had to find another way to put you in front of prospective employers: online.

Set for 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on September 3, 2020, the North Central Texas Career Fair will take place totally online and give job seekers and employers a chance to conduct a job interview without the nasty side effect of spreading the dreaded coronavirus around.

To sign up, job seekers need to visit the registration page for the fair in advance. There, they can upload their resume and fill out their contact information. When the fair goes live on September 3rd, they can log in and chat with any employer they choose, and even multiple employers at one time.

The keyword here is chat — there’s no video conferencing involved, but for those who need a job and don’t care to take home a dry, life-threatening cough, the virtual job fair is a sign of the times that gets the job done just the same. The agency has prepared a guide to walk job seekers through the process in advance, but note that the dates in the guide are wrong.

The fair also allows job seekers to explore all the jobs available and submit their application, all from one interface rather than the myriad of job boards on the web.

Employers are also being invited to participate and sign up as an exhibitor.

As chat requires very little bandwidth, most mobile plans should be able to handle the data load during the chat sessions just fine, even if your speed is throttled because you’ve gone over your data limit.

If you think you need a reliable, fast internet connection, Sims Library offers free wifi and will be open on that Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Contact the library ahead of time to make sure that you can be accommodated, though.

Note: This post has been updated with the current hours for Sims Library that began on September 1, 2020.


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