Spring 2021 Job Fair

Thursday, February 25th from 4:00-6:00 p.m.


  • With our virtual job fair platform, employers have the option to host video conversations as 1:1 chats and/or group chats. 
  • Students and employers can register and access the fair here: https://seo-harvard-csm.symplicity.com/events/seojobfair2021 or through their SEO Jobs Database account. 
  • The spring 2021 fair is open to any current Harvard undergraduate, graduate student, or Division of Continuing Education degree candidate.


For Students:

Please note if you never logged into the SEO Job Database before, you will need to create an account on the database first. You can visit here: Job Database to create your profile. Once you have done that, you will be able to follow the next steps.

Register for the Job Fair


  1. Click Spring Job Fair and select I want to attend “As A Job Seeker”
  2. This will prompt you to Login to the Job Database.
  3. Once logged in, click “Events” on the left and then click “Career Fairs”
  4. Under upcoming you will see “Spring 2021 Virtual Job Fair” which you will click on.
  5. After a short video plays on how to navigate the virtual fair, you will see a blue button that says “Attend”
  6. Click attend and a Chat Profile box will appear. This will showcase your online, offline status, your job resume you have on file and your database profile information(Full Name, Year of Graduation and Work Authorization Status)
  7. Please make sure you update your resume as well as any of your profile information before clicking Save
  8. Once you have selected your resume and confirmed your profile information, click the blue “Save” button.
  9. This will officially register you for the event and send a confirmation email to your email on file within the database.



Virtual Job Fair Best Practices for Students

  1. Internet Explorer is no longer supported. Please use another browser.
  2. Come to the fair ready to connect with employers to see what opportunities they are offering, and be prepared with general or specific questions.  
  3. When joining an employer chat, instead of downloading Zoom, GoToMeeting, etc., select the option to join the meeting online and it will be faster to join.
  4. As long as you are in a "queue", please stay in the Virtual Career Fair so you do not miss any employer chat requests (which pop up in a separate window). 
  5. Make sure you click the “Attend” button so that you can join chats.
  6. Before the fair, mark your favorite employers by clicking on the “Interested” star icon, so that they will display at the top of your list.
  7. Log into your Jobs Database account before the fair to make sure you have the most updated resume uploaded to the virtual fair and that your “Chat Profile” is current.
  8. You can use the Notes field after each chat, before you join the next, to jot down key information about the employer you just chatted with.


For Employers:


Register for the Job Fair



Add Video Links


To meet with students during the job fair you must include live meeting links to the video platform of your choice (for example: Zoom, Microsoft Teams, GotoMeeting, etc.)

Employers can meet with students 1:1 or in a group meeting - or both. 

  • To update 1:1 or group chat details and/or meeting links please email seoweb@fas.harvard.edu
  • For 1:1 chats- each person (representative) hosting an individual 1:1 chat MUST create their own meeting link and add it to their representative information. 
  • For group chats- enter a live link in the 'instructions' field and a timelength in the 'group chat schedule' field.


Day-Of Virtual Job Fair Instructions for Employers


Coming soon!


Virtual Job Fair Best Practices 


  1. You can post your open jobs in the SEO Jobs Database. Active jobs postings can be linked directly to your job fair registration, for easy visibility for students.
  2. Internet Explorer is no longer supported. Please use another browser during the job fair.
  3. Make sure your virtual meeting links (Zoom, Teams, GoToMeeting, etc.) are hyperlinked for easy student access.
    1. To add a hyperlink: highlight the meeting link text and click on the "insert/edit link" icon in the HTML toolbar. Insert the link in the URL field and click OK. 
  4. Contact the SEO at seoweb@fas.harvard.edu with any questions! 
  5. During the job fair, we will have staff available in a Zoom meeting to assist with questions, troubleshooting, and tech support. The zoom link will be sent via email to you after you register.


Frequently Asked Questions


  • Why do I have to insert my own video meeting link? 
    • Our platform, Symplicity, does not have a live meeting tool to host 1:1 or group meetings. Therefore, you must enter a Zoom, Teams, GoToMeeting (etc.) link so that on the day of the job fair, when student's virtually line up in your "queue", they can click on the meeting link and immediately be routed into your 1:1 or group chat. 
    • On your registration form, you can set the length of your 1:1 meetings. We recommend setting the meeting time to between 5-15 minutes. 


  • Can I utilize breakout rooms during my group chat? 
    • Yes! Since you will provide your own video meeting link, you can use format your group meeting however you choose.


  • How will I know when a student in my queue is ready to chat?
    • On the day of the fair, you will log into the job fair and set your status to "online". This will allow students to start virtually lining up in your "queue".  You will see a list of student names. You will select the student at the top of the list. Symplicity will automatically shuffle the queue so that students who are available to chat (and not in another meeting room) will appear at the top of the queue.


  • Does my 1:1 chat have to take the full time that I set?
    • No. If you are finished chatting with a student before the meeting time is up, you can simply end the chat and move onto the next student in your queue.


  • What is the difference between a group chat and a 1:1 chat? Which is better?
    • A group chat will be an open video meeting, where students can drop in and out as they please. If a student lines up in your "queue" they will see the group chat hyperlink (that you provided on your registration form) and the meeting instructions. Say you want to host a group chat from 4-5 pm, and 1:1 meetings from 5-6 pm; you can provide that information in the "meeting instructions" field.  
    • A 1:1 chat allows your representatives to meet with 1 student at a time. You can determine the length of these 1:1 meetings. If a student lines up in your "queue" they will see the meeting instructions, and once you select them, they will be sent your 1:1 meeting link to enter your meeting.
      • Choosing the type of meeting is based on your preference. Some employers felt that 1:1 meetings didn't allow them to see as many students since their queue was very long, and they only had 1 representative attending. Other employers felt that group meetings were less personal and they didn't get to connect as deeply with interested students. Email us if you would like to talk further about which meeting style will best fit your needs!