Back in May of 2009, after hearing legends of all these job fairs being held on a virtual reality game called "Second Life", I joined up. Well, if you haven't been in there, you probably don't know how engrossing it can be. Actually, I thought I'd be the old lady exploring SL at (then) 50, but turns out I'm very average age.
You know legends.
There's a grain of truth, but it's greatly exaggerated.
In that time I've found several fossilized remains of such things happening in the past, but since joining, I've only really attended one actual job fair... it was for the Department Of Energy, and it was aimed at recruiting college interns.
Someone with any experience? Nah...
Although, I've found out that much depends on what contacts you make in Second Life.
Funny, other than you can build anything you want (given the know how), and look any way you want (again, given the know how), you're still dealing with the species homo sapien, and for all the RPG'ers and pretenders, it's still very much like Real Life.
I've now built five avatars. Five for myself, and one for Stray.
Note: Weird Last Names? Yes. Folks don't get to invent their last names in Second Life. Other wise, Mother McCridhe would exist in Second Life. These are fairly recent images of my avatars.
Garnet Neutron: Avatar #1. She's my senior pioneer. Garnet is a metamorphic rock, has gone through most of the geologic changes and came out one tough stone, 8 on the Moh's scale. When I scored the LAQ "Chleo" skin, she started to remind me of my Grandma when she was a young lady, so of course I had to find the hair to match!
StrayDog Loxely: He's the 2nd Avatar I built. Stray don't use him much, and I've continued to tweek the looks to approximate Stray's looks. I've come somewhat close...
Theodolite ("Teddi") Wickentower: Avatar #3. As Garnet got more popular, it became evident that if I wanted to continue to search Second Life for those legendary job fairs, I was going to need to build an alternate avatar. I fell back on one of my normal user names... Theodolite. She was, after all, surveying the Second Life landscape, an explorer by trade, an instrument. Now, granted, she became frustrated with the lack of evidence that there was much cross over action going on, and became a wee bit of a party girl. Got to be fairly well known around the Jazz and Blues venues.
Quazar Panthar: He's #4, and he's my trans-gender avatar. Why? Well, trans-genders in SL are not at all uncommon. Usually, however, they're guys that complain that male avatars are ignored in Second Life. Well... it all came about like this: Eventually Garnet did get hired by a fellow in RL advertising to do some research for him, by exploring tourism SIMs. All fine and good... but it seems some folks join SL strictly for the sex venues, and when ever I went out as either Garnet or Teddi, I'd invariably get pestered by these (very boring, very lonely, very pathetic) people. So... going on the theories of the guys that ran around in female avatars, I built me an avatar that was intended to be a stealth avatar. Funny... he didn't get ignored that much. And... well... finding decent freebies to build him wasn't that easy, took a little hunting, but they were available too.
I kinda got attached to him... didn't have the heart to kill him off after the project was done. Then one day I built a pipe for him to smoke. Then it came down to seeing how many different kinds of the classic tobacco pipes I could build with prims... and he became a business man. He builds pipes in Second Life, Pipes By Q.P.
Kayt Moonwall: Avatar #5. She was another project avatar. I built her to write about the freebies available to Noobs and not so Noobs, beings that I am, by nature an old scrounge. Well... got attached to her, and as she hit 90 days (no longer a Noob), I needed to put her to work. I got her a nice skin and a nice doo, and she occasionally scores a hosting job at the Jazz and Blues venues in SL.