Career Fairs

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!

Career Fairs

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. 

The Spring 2021 Career Fair will be held virtually through the InternX platform. Students and employers will schedule 10- to 20-minute video conversations, with employers able to pre-select candidates two weeks in advance of the fair. Be sure to create your profile early!

Spring 2021 Virtual Career Fair Details

February 25, 2021

InternX Platform

10 a.m.–4 p.m. by appointment

The industries below are general categories. Make sure to check employer lists on Handshake or InternX prior to the fair in order to see which companies are attending and what kind of students they are hiring.

Thursday, February 25
  • Computer science
  • Information technology
  • Business services
  • Government
  • Nonprofit
  • Military
  • Search firms
  • Engineering
  • Industrial technology
  • Architecture
  • Natural sciences

Important Details

This is the second time that  our primary career fair of the semester is a virtual event, and there are a few important details to be aware of:

  1. The event is happening through a platform called InternX, and it requires you to create a profile and upload your résumé to the system.
  2. The event is in a ‘mini-interview’ format, which allows employers to invite students to speak with them, and visa versa.
  3. Companies will be able to start inviting students to mini-interview sessions starting two weeks before the fair, so it is in your BEST INTEREST to create your profile in InternX by Monday, February 15th. Many companies will NOT take advantage of this feature, so don’t worry if you are not pre-selected!
  4. Students can begin choosing who they want to talk to a week later on Monday, February 22nd. So, if you aren't chosen by a company to speak to them by this time, you will still have a chance to sign up for a mini-interview slot on a first-come, first-serve basis!
What can you do to prepare for virtual career fairs?
  1. 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.
  2. Update your résumé and social media accounts. When you register, you'll fill out an online profile including your résumé. 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.
  3. 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.)
  4. 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!
  5. 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!

Sponsors

Stay tuned for sponsors for the Spring 2021 Career Fair!

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.

Student Registration and Attendance

  1. 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!
  2. Students who complete the VIP Program will have early, exclusive access to employers (not available for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 Virtual Career Fairs)
  3. Why? This is an opportunity for students to set themselves apart to employers by preparing for future employment prior to graduating.

Preparation

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:

Career Fair VIP Program

Career Fair VIP Program

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Become a Career Fair VIP!

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.

Learn More About The VIP Program

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 Image

Style Guidelines

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

Professional Portraits

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!

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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.