VIrtual Career Fairs
How to Prepare for a Virtual Career Fair
We’re excited to be able to connect you to hiring employers through Handshake’s new virtual career fair format.
Unlike an in-person fair where you can just walk up to an employer, say hello, and jump into your elevator pitch, virtual career fairs have a few more steps. These steps happen well before you meet an employer. But if you follow them, you’ll be setting yourself up for success – no matter who you meet!
Start With Handshake
You can choose to make your profile visible to Community, to Employers only, or private, Having your profile public to employers also means they can find you when they’re searching for qualified candidates.» Change your profile visibility
Upload your Resume
You'll likely want to have a public resume available in Handshake for employers to see. You can share it with employers – like at a virtual career fair – or have it ready to apply for a job via Handshake.» Upload a document
Employers and Registering for Sessions
See Who’s Hiring
View the virtual fair details page to see the list of hiring. From there, you can click through to each employer’s Handshake page to learn more about them and read reviews from other students.» How to view the employer list
Schedule a Session
Group Sessions are 30 minutes with multiple students, like virtual information session. 1:1 Sessions are 10 minutes with just you and the employer. You can schedule an appointment up to 1 minute before the session. Check back often as new sessions are always being added.
Plan for Success
Prepare Talking Points
The employers want to learn more about you! So draft an “elevator pitch” about yourself—a short overview about your background, studies, and career goals. Practice with a friend or family member so you’ll be ready.» Creating your pitch
Check your Technology
Ensure you have the right setup to support your audio (required) and video (optional). All sessions will have those options plus text chat. It is up to you and the employer joining the session to determine how you would like to connect.» Handshake video requirements
Career Peer Coaches
Get help with resumes and more!
Peer Coaches meet with students across all majors so they’re better prepared for their job search. Appointments are virtual via Zoom, email, or phone.
Career Exploration and Preparation
LifeLab is designed to support any student — from first-year undergraduates to graduate students — to identify values, skills, receive feedback and suggestions to improve your resume, or begin the search process for internships, grad school, or full-time jobs.