2/7/2014 12:00 AM Tags: Press Releases The Lee Hecht Harrison Virtual Career Fair is a very dynamic and proactive way to break down barriers and introduce candidates with strong skill sets directly to potential employers who are looking to fill open positions Lee Hecht Harrison Hosts First National Virtual Career Fair for Job Seekers in Healthcare Sector Lee Hecht Harrison’s Career Transition Service Breaks New Ground with the Introduction of High-Tech Virtual Environment WOODCLIFF LAKE, NEW JERSEY, February 7, 2014 – Lee Hecht Harrison, the global leader in talent mobility, has added a virtual platform to their pioneering technology capabilities. This new capability has multiple applications and allows LHH to host events in a virtual environment. LHH held its first event January 30, 2014, hosting a national virtual career fair, connecting 23 healthcare organizations with 671 job seeking candidates. “At LHH, our focus is to bring employers together with our transitioning candidates. The LHH Virtual Career Fair is a very dynamic and proactive way to break down barriers and introduce candidates with strong skill sets directly to potential employers who are looking to fill open positions,” said Peter Alcide, President & COO for Lee Hecht Harrison. “The LHH Virtual Career Fair makes it very easy for hiring companies and job seekers to connect. We organize the entire event from planning and marketing to managing booth design and construction. The platform facilitates seamless sharing of documents and social media links between recruiters and job seekers. Our user-friendly interface allows candidates to connect with recruiters live via Skype and active chat, visit the employer exhibition hall, network in our virtual lounge, attend spotlight speaker sessions and meet with career consultants.” Technology and social networking change the dynamics of the hiring process remarkably—enabling an accelerated and highly targeted approach that promises to yield not only significant cost and time savings, but access to a larger talent pool that will drive more informed and successful hiring decisions. With so many job openings—as many as 80%—never advertised, it isn’t enough for job seekers to passively respond to job postings or wait to be found. Job seekers must assertively seek opportunities to gain introductions and connect personally with hiring managers and recruiters. “Our first virtual career fair was extraordinarily successful,” said Alcide. “Exhibitors and attendees told us they were very pleased with the experience. And, we can talk about real results with highly detailed post-event metrics. There were 23 healthcare organizations exhibiting and 671 candidates in attendance. We tracked 7,441 booth visits and 1,862 chat sessions. On average, candidates spent 125 minutes in the virtual career fair. Candidates made numerous new connections, identified jobs leads, and engaged directly with hiring organizations to talk about open roles. Exhibitors reported they were very impressed with the ability to connect with a targeted, highly-skilled group of candidates. We’ve heard from exhibitors and candidates that applications were completed and interviews scheduled. What’s really exciting about virtual career fairs is these are opportunities that otherwise may not have been surfaced.” Lee Hecht Harrison’s outplacement services provide transitioning candidates with the resources, training and personal introductions needed to make themselves known to the job market, uncover job opportunities and differentiate themselves from the competition through better communication and presentation skills. Expert career coaching and the most advanced cloud-based productivity tools ensure candidates assess all available options, develop a strategy and achieve their career goals with speed and confidence. Virtual Career Fairs offer a new approach that adds significant value to LHH career transition services by directly connecting employers who have open positions with candidates who are seeking new roles.