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Louisiana companies offer jobs through virtual career fairs

Companies and candidates connect with ease

Louisiana companies offer jobs through virtual career fairs

No need to fight traffic, find a place to park, or navigate through a crowd.

Virtual career fairs offer an easier way for jobseekers to connect with potential employers. LED FastStart has assisted dozens of companies with the virtual events, which originated as a necessity during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Seven tech companies joined together in February to create a one-stop-shop career fair. The seven participants were: CDIT (Slidell), CGI (Lafayette), DXC Technology (New Orleans), GDIT (Bossier City), IBM (Baton Rouge, Monroe), Levelset (New Orleans) and L3 Harris Technologies (Lafayette). Jobseekers pre-registered to explore details about the companies and what they were looking for. During the event, candidates could jump from one virtual booth to another to visit with representatives of each company.

Following the success of the February event, CGI and DXC Technology participated in a second virtual tech career fair In April. Joining them were: High Voltage (New Orleans), Netchex (Covington), Perficient (Lafayette), Pixel Dash Studios (Baton Rouge) and SchoolMint (Lafayette).

LED FastStart's virtual career fairs took off in 2021. Louisiana's IT sector was an early participant in these efficient and results-oriented events, and manufacturing and process industry companies joined as well.

And September brought another virtual career fair, this time featuring CGI, DXC, GDIT, General Informatics (Baton Rouge), Emergent Method (Baton Rouge), Globalstar (Covington), IBM, LHC Group (Lafayette) and Netchex.

Closing out the year, LED hosted a manufacturing virtual career fair in December for 11 companies including 1,4GROUP (Ascension Parish), Bollinger Shipyards (Houma), Citadel Completions (Lake Charles), Hubig’s Pies (New Orleans) and SafeSource Direct (Lafayette).

Louisiana has created more than 20,000 new technology jobs in the past decade, a number sure to grow with help from the addition of virtual career fairs.

And tech and manufacturing companies aren’t alone in their pursuit of new employees through virtual career fairs. Fuji Vegetable Oil, a leading oils and fats producer in the food industry with a $70 million facility in Avondale, hosted a virtual job fair in March in search of production personnel and its next round of technical workers.