Virtual Career Fairs
This page has information for employers. Students and alumni should visit How to Prepare for a Career Fair.
How to Participate
To participate in a virtual fair using Handshake, employer registrants must complete all of the following steps:
- Register for the fair. See Identifying and Registering for Virtual Fairs
- Create recruiter schedule(s)
- Need to make changes? See Managing Schedules
- Note that while you'll use Handshake to schedule group and 1:1 sessions, you can host your sessions on Teams, WebEx, Zoom, or whatever you prefer; you don't have to use Handshake's video solution. Simply paste your meeting link right into your schedule.
- Have each recruiter or representative claim their schedule. Until this step is completed, students will not be able to sign up to meet with them.
- Make sure the "Looking for" section of your fair registration is complete and accurate with regard to Job Title, Job Type, Major Groups/Majors, School Years, etc. Students will filter on these fields to search for you, and if there are blanks, you may not show up. See How to View/Edit a Career Fair Registration.
- Get ready to host virtual sessions on the day.
- Test your video.
- Prepare to follow up after the fair. You can send messages, download resumes, and host virtual interviews.
Virtual Help Desk
We will operate a virtual employer help desk during the virtual fair on September 9, 2021. The help desk will be staffed from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in WebEx. Drop in to ask any question or get support on the day of the fair. Visit the Virtual Employer Help Desk.
A virtual fair in Handshake offers these advantages:
- Interactions are pre-scheduled, so the day is organized, and everyone can focus
- All sessions take place via video, so you can interact face-to-face without leaving the Handshake platform (audio-only and text chat are also available)
- You can meet candidates in 30-minute group sessions, 10-minute one-on-one meetings, or some combination
- Use group sessions (up to 50 attendees, or more if you use external video) to reach large numbers of candidates and educate them about your company or organization. A short presentation with Q&A is great, or you can do an open chat. You can share your screen, and more than one recruiter can participate.
- Use one-on-one meetings to screen candidates for more in-depth interviews later. You can set qualifications so that only candidates who meet your criteria are able to sign up for these slots.
- Send as many recruiters as you want, each with their own unique schedule. If you anticipate high interest or your initial slate of appointments fills up, add more recruiters and/or add more group sessions to accommodate more candidates.
- Post your job(s) in Handshake and connect them to the fair
- Preview candidates' Handshake profiles before you meet
- Reach out to the best candidates before the event and invite them to sign up for a session
- Follow up with candidates after the event
- Efficient and cost-effective - no travel required