The Goal: Finding an Event Platform for a Career Fair
Construction Industry Advancement Program of New Jersey (CIAP) is a non-profit trusteeship that provides construction education, scholarships, research, public relations, and promotion of the industry within New Jersey.
Every year, CIAP hosts a career fair for selected undergraduate students in New Jersey to interview with dozens of construction companies, engineering firms, and state agencies. The annual career fair took place in person for 18 years until early 2021 when they had to shift the event to a virtual platform.
While searching for a virtual event management solution, CIAP specifically placed emphasis on the following three factors as their highest priorities:
- Ease of use
- Customer support
- Attendee engagement features
Considering the career fair had always taken place in person, they needed a platform that offered excellent attendee engagement features, as the main goal of the event was for students to connect and interview with as many potential employers as possible. Accelevents proved to be the best solution for CIAP.
“Working with the Accelevents team was outstanding. They were responsive and professional. After running our Career Fair in person for 18 years, they made the transition to their online platform seamless!”
Executive Director, Operations at Associated Construction Contractors of New Jersey (ACCNJ), representing CIAP of New Jersey.
The Accelevents Solution: Creating a Custom Career Fair For CIAP
Accelevents’ features and industry-leading 24/7 customer support impressed CIAP event organizers and they decided to partner with us to keep their annual career fair alive. The platform served as the perfect solution for customizable company booths and facilitating 1:1 student interviews.
Maximizing the use of Accelevents’ expo hall and exhibitor booth features, students had the ability to “walk around” and visit booths to learn about the company from uploaded videos and downloadable content.
Students were also able to engage with company representatives in the live chat and schedule interviews with reps all from the same place. Event organizers, exhibitors, and students all appreciated the change of pace of the virtual career fair.
“Using Accelevents for the 2021 CIAP Career Fair was so easy & user friendly. No more long-distance driving for in-person interviews. And no more worries of being on time due to traffic and having to lug boxes of supplies for booth setup. I just keep thinking easy & convenient!”
Director of HR, JAG Companies
When the event took place in person, employers oftentimes felt rushed with several students at their booth at once. The ability to chat at their convenience and schedule 1:1 interviews was invaluable.
Highlights of the CIAP career fair included:
- 90% placement rate
- 33 company exhibitor booths
- 612 prospective intern leads collected across exhibitor booths
- 140 meetings scheduled between students and company representatives
“Accelevents was a very helpful platform that made our event possible. The user interface was very simple and only took minutes to understand.
The fact that all of the participants could join on the site at the same time and effortlessly make a personalized schedule within 25 minutes was crucial and really gave their platform the edge over other popular video chat applications such as Webex and Zoom.”
Civil Engineering student at Rowan University.