Virtual Career Fair information for students

College of Science and Engineering Virtual Career Fair

Virtual Career Fair
Friday, Oct. 7
11 a.m.-4 p.m. Central Time
Hosted on Handshake

View the list of employers recruiting during the virtual fair now. You can sign up for time slots to speak individually with companies beginning Friday, Sept. 30, 2022 at 8 a.m. Central Time.

Handshake provides features that will allow you to connect personally with employers. Virtual fair features include:

  • No waiting in line! You can pre-register for a time to speak with employers via video chat.
  • Speak with employers from the comfort of your home.
  • Research employers prior to the fair, as well as during the fair, by entering their group session room.
  • Speak with the CSE Career Center during the Virtual Career Fair to receive help with your questions.

Read the Virtual Career Fair Preparation Guide (PDF) for helpful information.

Watch the CSE Virtual Career Fair prep workshop video, "Navigating the Virtual Fair."

 

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Attend prep events

Plan to attend Virtual Career Fair prep workshop on Wednesday, Sept. 28, at 12:15 p.m. The workshop will be held virtually on Zoom. There also are additional prep videos posted on the CSE Career Center's Youtube playlist. You may access CSE’s drop-in hours or schedule an appointment with a career counselor, as well. 

Prepare for the Career Fair

Update your Handshake profile

You MUST update your Handshake profile to view available one-on-one meetings. From My Profile, click Education and include your month and year of graduation (titled End Date). Find out more on the Handshake blog. If you are an international student, we recommend selecting Prefer not to answer these questions for work authorization to allow access to more one-on-one meetings. 

Reserve private space for your meetings

Find space on campus that you can reserve for interviews.

Get your resume and cover letter ready

Prepare your 30-second "elevator pitch"

To learn how to introduce yourself to employers and see sample elevator pitches, download the Career Fair Prep Guide (PDF).

Research companies that interest you

The more you know about the company when you meet recruiters, the more you will impress them! To get started, download the Researching Employers and Industries Guide (PDF). Find out more on the Handshake website.

Prepare for interviews

To get started, download the Interviewing Guide for Industry (PDF).

Preparation for international students

There are many nuances to job and internship searching as an international student. Read about considerations and career resources for international students.

Hear advice from employers

Learn tips and advice from employers who attend the career fair.

Dress to impress

The College of Science and Engineering has partnered with Ready for Success, a local non-profit organization that provides professional attire to job/internship seekers at no cost to the student. The Career Center can secure an appointment for you with this organization. If you are an undergraduate student enrolled in CSE and have financial need, please fill out this application form.

Non-CSE students, please contact your career center to see what assistance may be available. You must be a CSE undergraduate student who is actively searching for a job or internship and be able to demonstrate financial need. Appointments are very limited.

Who can attend the CSE Virtual Career Fair?

The CSE Virtual Career Fair is open to:

  • College of Science and Engineering (CSE) students at the University of Minnesota (undergraduate and graduate)
  • CSE alumni who have graduated within the past three years. You must use your UMN email address.
  • Non-CSE students actively enrolled at the University of Minnesota.
    • Please note: Non-CSE University of Minnesota students should be aware that employers participating in the CSE Virtual Career Fair are specifically there to hire CSE students. In addition, non-CSE students may have problems applying for jobs and requesting interviews in Handshake.

Students and alumni from other institutions may not attend the virtual career fair.

Recruiting events

What recruiting events are available?

A great way to explore career paths, learn about companies, gain industry knowledge and connect with hiring managers is to take advantage of recruiting events happening every semester. Keep an eye on Handshake Events to ensure you don’t miss out on these great opportunities!

  • Information Sessions
  • Tech Talks 
  • Tabling sessions
  • Employer site visits

FAQs

Do I need to register in Handshake to attend the career fair?

Yes. Access the College of Science and Engineering Virtual Career Fair directly in Handshake. View companies now and begin signing up for time slots to speak with companies individually on Friday, Sept. 30, at 8 a.m. Central Time.

When can I start researching companies?

You can begin researching companies in Handshake now. You can research the company, find positions posted under Jobs, and follow companies.

When can I sign up for time slots with companies?

Signup begins Friday, Sept. 30, at 8 a.m. Central Time.

How do I access the fair?

We recommend using a desktop or laptop and the Chrome or Firefox browsers to access your meetings the day of the fair.

How can I see what positions are available for the employers during the career fair?

Access the College of Science and Engineering Virtual Career Fair directly in Handshake. You can see the individual details for the employers you are interested in meeting. You can also search for positions via the Jobs tab to see a full position description and to apply.

Not all employers will have position titles listed and not all employers will have their position descriptions posted in Handshake.

How do I prepare for a virtual conversation?

When using Chrome, a blurred video background appears by default. Make sure you have good lighting (natural light is best) with the light source behind your computer, not you.

Limit distractions and try to make sure pets and anyone living with you are situated so they do not interrupt your meeting. However, it is okay if something unexpected happens! You can acknowledge what has happened, apologize, mute your camera/microphone to handle the situation, and return to your conversation. This may happen for employers as well, so be flexible and accommodating.

 

I'm a first-year student. Should I attend the Career Fair?

Yes, we encourage first-year students and students exploring options to attend the CSE Career Fair to become familiar with the fair and learn about job, co-op, and internship opportunities available to CSE students. Consider signing up for a “Group Session” with employers to learn about their organization.


Do employers at the CSE Career Fair also host on-campus events?

Log into Handshake and review the Events tab to see employers hosting virtual information sessions you can attend. Employers will continue to add events throughout the semester.