This page includes information and tips for virtual job fairs. While virtual job fairs are new to us all, they are still a great way for students and employers to connect! See below for articles, videos, and tips for a successful virtual job fair experience for both students and employers.
Preparation for job fairs is the key for a successful experience. Keep reading for 5 ways to prepare for a virtual fair.
- Register for employer sessions in advance. In the virtual career fair, you can only attend employer sessions you register for. Make sure you search each fair for employers you are interested in and sign up for a group or individual session. Check out this article to learn how to register.
- Update your Handshake Profile. This ensures that employers can view your skills and experiences before the fair begins. Here is an article on 3 Handshake profile must-haves. Remember to upload your resume!
- Prepare your resume. Attend Virtual Resumania on September 17th to have your resume reviewed by some of our top employers. You can also attend drop-in hours via Zoom or in person to have your resume reviewed by CCDAE staff.
- Dress for success. Dressing professionally is still important even in a virtual job fair! You can shop JCPenney’s Suit Up event online from September 14th-20th for discounted professional clothing. Text UTK to 67292 for a coupon. Check out this page for more resources on professional clothing options.
- Research employers. Check out Handshake and company websites to research the employers you are schedule to meet with. View Employer Spotlight videos for quick information on companies who are attending the job fairs.
Looking for more help?
- Make sure you are using Google Chrome as your browser during the fair, or use the Handshake mobile app
- Check these 10 tips for attending a virtual job fair
- Schedule an appointment with your Career Coach or attend drop-in hours virtually or in person
- Attend this webinar: Getting the Most out of Your Virtual Fair
- Attend this workshop hosted by ALKU: Virtual Career Fair Prep 101
- Watch this short informational video:
Here a 5 tips for a successful virtual career fair experience:
- Set your schedule as soon as possible. Students can begin registering for employer 1:1 and group sessions in the weeks before the job fair. If you do not have sessions scheduled, students cannot sign up to meet with you.
- Open students’ profiles in a second screen before you meet with them in 1:1 sessions. You cannot access students’ resumes until after the fair.
- Students can sign up for time slots up until the session begins; make sure you mark sessions busy if you do not want last minute sign ups OR continue to refresh your screen to see if students sign up for sessions at the last minute.
- Mute participants during group sessions to avoid distractions. If you have less than 15 students in a group session, make sure you mute all participants or ask students to mute themselves when the session starts.
- Share your contact information in the chat before a group session starts; this ensures that students can follow up with recruiters after a session.
Looking for more help?
- Refer to Handshake’s Virtual Fair Guide for Employers
- View this article on how to stand out as an employer during virtual career fairs
- Watch Handshake’s quick training videos
- Get all of your questions answered during Daily Handshake Office Hours, held each weekday from 10:30am-11:15am PST
- Email Mary Mahoney (email@example.com) for questions on fair registration
Register for and view employers attending the job fairs at the links below:
STEM & Engineering Fair– tiny.utk.edu/STEM2020
Supply Chain Fair– tiny.utk.edu/SupplyChain2020
Business, Retail & Government Fair– tiny.utk.edu/BUSGOVRETAIL2020
Healthcare Fair– tiny.utk.edu/Heathcare2020
Zoom Help Rooms
If you have questions during the job fairs, CCDAE staff is available to help. Click each link below for employers or students during the time of the fair.
Sept. 28th-30th, 1:30pm-6pm EST, Oct. 1, 11:30am-3:00pm EST