Career fairs and other recruiting events are a great opportunity to meet representatives of companies looking to hire talented employees—including Illinois Tech students and graduates. At career fairs you also can get tips about finding a great job from students who are getting ready to graduate or alumni who are back to recruit more outstanding talent. See our Events page or log into Handshake to see upcoming recruitment events!
Upcoming Career Fairs
Campus-Wide Career Fairs at Illinois Tech
Our campus-wide career fairs are held each semester. They are two days long and are separated by general industry groupings to allow for more companies to attend and make connections with more students and alumni. View photos from previous Career Fairs on our Flickr account.
Career Services will be hosting one final career fair of the 2020-2021 school year - the annual New Alumni and Students Virtual Career Fair. This is fair is both for alumni graduating during the 2020-2021 school year still seeking a post-graduation job, as well as for current students seeking internship opportunities for the summer and fall!
May 2021 New Alumni and Students Virtual Career Fair
Thursday, May 27, 2021
12 p.m.–4 p.m. by appointment
As this is a virtual job fair, and there are a few important details to be aware of:
- The event is happening through Handshake, Illinois Tech Career Services primary career platform.
- The event is completely pre-scheduled, with students and new alumni able to sign up for 10-minute 1-on-1 chat with employers or 30-minute group sessions.
- Students and new alumni will be able to start signing up for open slots starting Thursday, May 13th at 8am through Handshake.
What can you do to prepare for virtual career fairs?
- Do your research. Browse the Virtual Career Fair online space to become familiar with how it works. Review the participating employers and what types of jobs they have available. Go to company websites and social media pages to see if they've had any recent news releases. This will help you be more savvy and energized in the conversation and showcase why you're a good fit for the job.
- Update your résumé and social media accounts. Make sure your most recently resume is uploaded to Handshake and has been approved by Career Services staff prior to the event. Make sure it's clear, concise, and up-to-date. Have a copy handy for you to refer to during interviews. Be sure to scrub your online profiles of any “unprofessional” posts or photos.
- Type some notes. Save some time and prepare your introduction and pre-write some questions in advance. (Ask about the company culture, upcoming changes, special projects, etc.)
- Keep conversations focused and professional. Post sticky notes on your desk to remind you of three main selling points about yourself. In most cases, you’ll only have 10 minutes to promote yourself, so be ready to get to the point and impress the recruiters!
- Dress professionally for a video-based chat! Plan your backdrop and space to reduce the possibilities for distractions—you don't want to have pets barking or roommates making noise in the background if it can be avoided!
Chicago-Area Career Fairs (Year-Round)
Students who take the initiative in their job search are more successful. In addition to using your existing network, see what networking and job fair events are taking place in your city and put yourself in front of the people who are hiring. Below are external websites that list a variety of job fair events by location.
- U.S. Job Fair Directory
- Eventbrite Career Fairs
- Metro Chicago Jobs
- Choice Career Fairs
- Best Hire Career Fairs
Student Registration and Attendance
- Students are encouraged to have a résumé that has been reviewed and approved by Career Services.
While not a requirement for this fair, a refined résumé makes a huge impression on employers and will give you better opportunities to land an interview!
- Students who complete the VIP Program will have early, exclusive access to employers (not available for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 Virtual Career Fairs)
- Why? This is an opportunity for students to set themselves apart to employers by preparing for future employment prior to graduating.
Success is a direct result of preparation. Make sure you take time to prepare for your employer interactions at career fairs. Here a few ways to prepare:
- Update your résumé
- Improve your LinkedIn profile
- Research companies of interest
- Prepare and rehearse a short introduction
- Plan your professional wardrobe
- Become a Career Fair VIP
Career Fair VIP Program
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The VIP Program helps students be better prepared to speak to employers at the career fair and will draw employers’ attention to students’ résumé. It gives students early access to the engagement of employers for both in-person and virtual career fairs.
Virtual Career Fairs
Virtual career fairs are a great opportunity for students to participate in meaningful conversations with companies and learn about their culture, job requirements, and more. It’s an unintimidating way to pursue opportunities, learn about companies, network, and perfect an elevator pitch, all through short, easy, video-based discussions.
See our events calendar.
Professional dress is highly recommended for the campus-wide career fair. Jeans, T-shirts, casual shoes (sneakers), shorts, and hats* are discouraged, and we will certainly discuss with any student dressed inappropriately the negative impact that their dress will have on their chances of making a good impression with a company. (*We do not discriminate against headwear worn for religious or cultural identity.) For more details, see the Illinois Tech Career Fair Style Guide below or contact the Office of Campus Life.
Career Services often invites a professional photographer to take professional portraits for students and alumni the week before or week of the campus-wide career fairs, free of charge. Professional portraits can be accessed below. Password required!
Student Organization Customized Career Events
Career Services invites student organizations to partner with us. Our active collaboration will benefit your student organization by creating special connections with Career Services, Alumni Affairs, employers, graduate school representatives, and other professionals. We will work with your student leadership and membership to create a set of activities and opportunities to help your organization develop bridges and multiple pathways into the workplace with personalized workshops, opportunities to co-sponsor events, and co-host panels. We strongly encourage student groups to collaborate in their partnership with us throughout the year. Read more below, and submit a request to collaborate: Career Services Networking Request Form.