Attend a Career Fair
Career Fairs: Information for Employers
Overview of our Career and Info Fairs
Are looking for a way to engage with a large number of talented students? A career fair is the place to be! It is a terrific opportunity to connect with students, build your talent pipeline, increase your visibility and brand awareness on campus, and meet your recruiting needs.
- Fall Career & Internship Fair
- Winter Career & Internship Fair
- Spring Career & Internship Fair
- Tech Career and Internship Fair (New!)
- Law School Info Fair
- Environmental Career and Internship Fair
- Education Career and Internship Fair
- Volunteer Opportunities Fair
- Hiring and Staffing Fair (New!)
Career Fairs will be hosted virtually in Handshake or in-person. For the most up-to-date information on event format (virtual/in-person), as well as dates, times, and registration details, visit our Events Calendar.
VIRTUAL Career Fair: Guide for Employers
Click any of the links below to find great resources (videos and written formats) on best practices for a successful virtual career fair.
- Register for virtual fairs
- Set your schedule
- Pay registration fee
- Teammates claim their schedules
- Manage schedule changes
- Preparing for the Day-of a Virtual Fair
- Encourage session signups
- Host sessions day-of the fair
- Follow up with students after the fair
You can view the complete checklist and other FAQ here: Virtual Fairs in Handshake: A Guide for Employers
Make the Most of your VIRTUAL Event
- Register early so we can promote you in the weeks leading up to the event!
- Check out Handshake’s Employer Guide to Virtual Events
- Set your schedules (for 1:1 and group sessions) and make sure they’re claimed by your representatives.
- Post your positions on Handshake to highlight opportunities for students.
- Confirm Handshake access for all representatives and ensure they know how to join on the day of the event.
- Contact Career Services if you have any questions.
IN-PERSON Career Fair: Guide for EmployersClick here for a Guide to Registering for a Fair
The earlier you sign up, the more opportunities for visibility and promotion of your organization and positions you will have. Also, some amenities like on campus interview space and electricity are available on a first come, first served basis. Sign up when you receive notification that registration is open.
- Send representatives who are personable, outgoing, and able to engage with students who may be reserved or nervous!
- Be prepared to ask questions to make students comfortable – ask about their major, career interests, favorite classes, etc.
- Ensure that representatives can speak to the breadth of opportunities available at your organization – even if not all of them are available now. Help students see what career paths might be open to them in the long term beyond what is posted now!
- Check confirmation email for directions, parking instructions, and other details (make sure to include contact information for all attendees when you register, if someone else is setting up the registration!)
- Bring copies of job postings you are recruiting for and have brochures or handouts about your organization.
- Bring business cards and wear a nametag.
- And as always, don’t underestimate the value of swag or giveaways for in-person events. College students love anything unique or useful!
- Arrive early enough to setup.
- Stand beside of or in front of your table and smile to encourage students to approach.
- Take notes on the back of resumes to help you remember details about a student or interaction.
- Don’t break down your display or log off early – many students attend at the end of the event due to their class schedule.
- Follow up with students after the fair.
Ready to register? Click our events calendar to see upcoming Career Fairs and other Recruiting Events.Events Calendar
Have questions or want to learn more about any of our career fairs?
Contact Britta Eschete, Administrative Assistant, Career Services Center Britta.Eschete@wwu.edu | 360.650.2944