Career Fairs & Connecting With Students

There are many ways to engage with and recruit University of Utah students.  Please look over the opportunities below and think about what is the best mix for your recruiting needs.  

Attending on-campus fairs is the best way to connect with a large number of students and build your company’s brand on campus. With a Career & Internship Fair, a STEM Career & Internship Fair, and a Student Job Fair occurring each semester, you can easily find an event to suit your recruitment needs. Upcoming Fairs.

 

Registering for a Career Fair

  1. Registration for each fair requires a Handshake account. If you do not have an account, you may create one online.
  2. Fall Career Fairs Registration will open in Handshake on May 1, 2019.

 

Choosing the Best Fair for Your Hiring Needs

Student Job Fairs

  • Employers offering part-time/full-time positions that do not require a degree, and volunteer opportunities
  • Average attendance of 500 students
  • Students seeking employment on and off campus while they attend school

All-Campus Career Fair

  • Employers offering professional internships and full-time positions that require a degree
  • Average attendance of 900 students
  • Students seeking internships and post-graduation positions that relate to all majors

STEM Career Fair

  • Employers offering professional STEM internships and full-time positions that require a degree
  • Average attendance of 1600
  • Students seeking internships and post-graduation positions that relate to their degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics

Easily connect with students through on-campus interviews hosted at the Career & Professional Development Center, typically in the weeks surrounding the career fairs.  You may request these interviews through your Handshake account.  Also, please review our office’s Recruitment Policies to make sure we have a shared understanding of priorities and expectations.

A successful on-campus recruiting process takes four to six weeks from start to finish and includes the following:

  • Submit a request in Handshake to schedule on-campus recruitment interview date
  • Post position(s) and set selection criteria (major, degree level, graduation dates, work authorization, etc.)
  • Collect resumes/applications through Handshake
  • Invite and schedule student candidates to interview

Interview Room Policy:

Interview requests must be submitted via Handshake at least 4 weeks prior to the interview date.  During the week of a career fair, interview rooms are reserved only for employers who are registered for the fair.  Requests submitted for interview days during the week of a career fair by employers who are NOT registered for that fair will be declined, so be sure to register for the fair first and then submit your request for an interview room.

Fall 2019 Interview Room Dates to Know: 

  • August 23, 2019: Deadline to submit an interview room request for the Career & Internship Fair and the STEM Career & Internship Fair.
  • September 23 - 27, 2019: Only employers who are registered for the STEM Career Fair may reserve our interview rooms during this time.
  • September 30 - October 4, 2019: Only employers who are registered for the Career & Internship Fair may reserve our interview rooms during this time.

Types of On-Campus Interviewing

  •  Room Reservation Only
    • This interview option is highly recommended as it allows the most flexibility for you.
    • An interview room is reserved for your use all day. You build and manage the interview schedule.
  • Pre-Select Schedule
    • This type of schedule works best for positions that require specific majors, such as accounting and engineering. Interview schedules are posted online and typically take five weeks from posting to interviewing.
      • Weeks 1-3: We promote your visit to students who meet the requirements in the job descriptions you provided and encourage them to submit their resume for your consideration.
      • Week 4: You review the resumes and determine which students best meet your requirements.
      • Week 5: Students receive notification that they have been accepted and they will go online to schedule an interview
  • Open Schedule
    • This type of schedule works best for positions with a broader spectrum of majors such as management, customer services, and sales. Interview schedules are posted online and typically take four weeks from posting to interviewing.
      • Weeks 1-4: We promote your visit to students who meet the requirements in the job descriptions you provided and encourage them to submit a resume and sign up for an interview

 

Each semester, we hold 8 – 10 Meet & Eats, which are a weekly form of the typical employer information session.  For the right employer, these sessions are the perfect place to build your brand on campus and share information about your organization's culture, benefits, career paths, and employment opportunities.  Meet & Eats slots are by invite only, but if you are interested in being considered for future slot, please contact your employer engagement representative. Requests for information sessions that are not Meet & Eats are considered on a case by case basis.

Participate in an employer panel and help students learn more about your organization and share your industry knowledge by answering questions. The idea of our panels is to put together shared perspectives of experts from specific industries and give them a platform to interact with students face to face and these have proven to be one of the best ways to increase the talent pipeline for employers. We offer several panels per semester and are happy to integrate you in the most appropriate one for your industry.

Serve as an interviewer for mock interviews to help students practice and refine their interviewing skills. Mock interviews are a great opportunity for you to provide real job interview experiences and feedback to our students, and it is a great way to promote your organization, increase campus visibility, and cultivate potential future candidates.

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Please contact our employer engagement team to learn more.

 

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