Career Fair Info for Students
In early 2020, our recruiting platform, Handshake, began building their "virtual career fairs" platform. We're proud to share that we successfully executed the fall 2020, the winter 2021 and the spring 2021 virtual fairs! The Handshake Team has provided a smooth transition for both the student and employer experience.
This event has was on Thursday, April 29, 2021 and was open to all students and alumni interested in engineering and tech opportunities.
Spring Fair 2021 Outcome
During Thayer's spring career fair, 125 students successfully engaged with 59 employers from a variety of industries such as: aerospace, biotech & life sciences, civil engineering ,environmental services, medical devices, and telecommunications. 233 one-on-one sessions and 54 group sessions were conducted throughout the 4-hour fair. Congrats, Thayer students!
Preparing for the fair...
Before the Fair
- Not on Handshake? Create an account here; find the "Thayer School of Engineering".
- Step-by-step - How to Sign up & Manage the career fair
- Video: Getting the Most out of the Virtual Career Fair
- Know your job interests and qualifications:
Practice a 30 second elevator pitch highlighting your strengths, academic preparation, and related experiences. Focus on how you can contribute to the company, NOT what the employer can do for you.
- Have your resume reviewed by Thayer Career Services.
There is nothing like a fresh pair of eyes to proofread it one last time! Make an appointment with us!
- Know who is attending:
Peruse the employer directory on Handshake; make a list of companies you want to meet with beforehand. Sign up for 1:1s and group sessions!
- Research companies in advance:
Visit company websites that pique your interest; read their featured articles; show their representatives that you have prepared ahead of time.
- Prepare questions, such as:
What specific skills/qualifications does your organization look for in its candidates?
Where does your company have branches or offices?
What's the company culture like?
How does your organization train its new employees?
What are typical entry-level (or internship) positions?
Day of the Fair
- Dress appropriately, even virtually!
Wear professional, business casual attire. Long-sleeved, buttoned, solid shirt are safe for both men and women. Avoid tight or baggy clothing, such as hooded sweatshirts. VAULT.COM shares tips on How to Dress for Video Interview
- Ask questions, and speak clearly and concisely.
Refer to the questions you prepared in advance and never underestimate the power of eye contact.
Use the career fair to make connections with employers, alumni, and fellow students.
- Say: "Thank you".
Thank the representatives for their time, and let them know that you will be in touch.
After the Fair
- Follow-up with employers within 48 hours.
Email or (if possible) send message via Handshake with a thank you note to the recruiters you met with.
- Another idea, if you engaged with more than one employer:
Send each a personalized message and state your interest in the company. Add something specific that you talked about, and use this opportunity to ask additional questions.
- Email Amy Keeler, Associate Director | 603.646.2375
- Email our office, Thayer Career Services | 603.646.0630
- Schedule an appointment via Handshake.
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