The National Retail Federation to host its second Virtual Career Fair to connect students and young professionals with leading retailers

Register as a recruiter or a candidate at NRF’s Virtual Career Fair

J.C. Penney, Kmart, IKEA, Neiman Marcus, Bridgestone, Among Retail Participants

WASHINGTON, 2014-3-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — The National Retail Federation today announced it will host its second Virtual Career Fair, designed to connect students and young professionals seeking entry-level careers and internships with leading retailers. Recruiters from companies including Macy’s, Nordstrom, Walgreens and Neiman Marcus will participate in the virtual event, offering one-on-one interviews for registered students and professionals. The career fair is free for jobseekers, open to all students and young professionals, and will take place Wednesday, April 2, from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. EDT.

“Always on the cutting edge of technology, retailers are constantly seeking new methods to reach the modern-day job seeker, particularly students and young professionals,” said NRF Senior Vice President and Executive Director of the NRF Foundation, Ellen Davis. “The Virtual Career Fair is a valuable tool for retail companies to reach qualified talent across the country, and fill the amazing career opportunities retail offers, in an efficient, cost-effective manner.”

This second event builds on the success of NRF’s first-ever Virtual Career Fair held in October 2013 which attracted over 800 students and young professionals. Of the recruiters that participated in the event and completed the post-event survey, 100 percent said they would take part in an NRF Virtual Career Fair again.

As of March 25, participating employers for the April 2 event include:

•    Bridgestone
•    Gordmans
•    H-E-B
•    HSN
•    IKEA
•    J.C. Penney
•    Kmart
•    Macy’s
•    Neiman Marcus
•    Nordstrom
•    Total Wine & More
•    Walgreens

The career fair provides jobseekers with the opportunity to connect live and one-on-one with recruiters, share information about their background and experience, discuss their resume, and find out more about retail companies and opportunities offered. Following each virtual chat with a recruiter, jobseekers can go back to the “event lobby” and select additional recruiters to chat with from other companies.

Retailers can create their own fully customizable virtual booth that allows executives to engage in online chats with qualified students and young professionals, during which their resumes, work history and more will be available. Retailers can also rate their interactions and record notes about each candidate in order to conduct follow-up interviews with desired candidates.

To learn more about the Virtual Career Fair and the opportunities available for retailers and job-seekers visit http://web.nrf.com/virtualcareerfair.

NRF is the world’s largest retail trade association, representing discount and department stores, home goods and specialty stores, Main Street merchants, grocers, wholesalers, chain restaurants and Internet retailers from the United States and more than 45 countries. Retail is the nation’s largest private sector employer, supporting one in four U.S. jobs – 42 million working Americans. Contributing $2.5 trillion to annual GDP, retail is a daily barometer for the nation’s economy. NRF’s This is Retail campaign highlights the industry’s opportunities for life-long careers, how retailers strengthen communities, and the critical role that retail plays in driving innovation. www.nrf.com.

Kathy Grannis or Bethany Aronhalt (855) NRF-PRESS
press@nrf.com

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