Virtual career fair for int'l students held in Southern California

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LOS ANGELES, Sept. 8 (Xinhua) -- Over 60 recruiting companies and 1,170 students from the University of Southern California (USC) gathered virtually Wednesday for Asia Pacific & International Students Virtual Career Fair targeting students from China.

The job fair for international students was co-hosted by HG Plus, USC Career Center and USC China Career Services. HG Plus is a Los Angeles-based career platform and recruiting firm focusing on international students at U.S. universities.

"Despite all the challenges we face in hosting an event at this time, we can't wait for circumstances to be perfect to continue helping students find jobs. Students will continue to graduate, and luckily companies are continuing to hire," Angela Efros, vice president of business development for HG Plus, told Xinhua.

The COVID-19 pandemic had changed the life of students and employers alike, even changing the way companies think about work, she said. The annual event, started from 2017, went online this year.

The format of the event was similar to an in person career fair: employers decorate a virtual booth that provides company information and details about open jobs. Students can browse through the 60 plus employers and decide to which companies they would like to submit a resume. Job seeking students submit a resume and wait in line virtually to text and video chat with recruiting employers.

The virtual career fair provided a safe and cost effective option for students and employers to connect. Employers can connect with a larger pool of candidates in a shorter time, accelerating the time to find the right fit for their open roles, while students can wait in line for more than one company at the same time.

"The fair was open to USC international students from all class years, majors, and degree levels. Domestic and global employers from a variety of industries attended, including Accenture, Bloomberg, ByteDance, Deloitte, L'Oreal, Netease Games, PepsiCo, Sony Group, and many more," said Jennifer H. Kim, director of employer engagement at the USC Career Center.

USC, one of the world's leading private research universities located in Los Angeles downtown, is also a home for over 10,000 international students. The university's official website said more than 6,000 students from China are studying there. Enditem

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