Short Guy Thinks The Virtual Career Fair Went Well
FULTON HALL — Tim Little (CSOM ’22), who is not quite five-and-a-half feet tall, was thoroughly pleased with his performance at the career fair this past Thursday. The event, which attracted more than 150 employers from a wide variety of fields, was held entirely online using Zoom.
Tim, who is hoping to land a full-time consulting position before graduating, was relieved when he learned that the event was still fully virtual, as in-person networking has not been his strong suit.
“Before the pandemic, I was never great with first impressions,” said Tim. “Interviewers would usually say something like ‘Oh, you’re much more meager than we expected’ or ‘Your size is a bit inadequate for our company culture’ when they meet me for the first time.”
For the past 18 months, though, Tim has had one less thing to worry about during the already stressful recruiting process. The widespread use of Zoom and similar teleconferencing technologies have leveled the playing field for undersized individuals, as the short appear the same as the tall through the fallible eyes of the webcam.
“We were definitely impressed after talking to Tim,” said Alissa Martino, head recruiter at Charles River Associates. “He knew his stuff, had a great personality, and seemed reasonably sized. We think he’d be a perfect fit at our company.”
Though many things have begun to return to normal, Tim remains hopeful that we have yet to see the worst of the global catastrophe that is COVID-19.
“Honestly, the pandemic couldn’t have come at a better time and has really been a net-positive for me overall,” said Tim. “I’m hoping for at least two, maybe three more variants so I can ride this wave as long as possible.”
At press time, Tim was seen advocating for the addition of a “short-king clause” to companies’ Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) statements.