How to prepare for the virtual career and internship fair

ASU student at his laptop for the virtual fall career and internship fair

The fall ASU Career and Internship Fair is a virtual event happening next week. We connected with the experts at ASU’s Career and Professional Development Services to learn more about about what to expect from a virtual fair, how exactly it will work and how you can best prepare to make the most of your experience. 

When is it and which day(s) should I attend? 

ASU Fall 2021 Career + Internship Fair
Wednesday, Sep 22, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Learn more and register here.

ASU Fall 2021 Tourism, Nonprofit + Government Career + Internship Fair
Thursday, Sep 23, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Learn more and register here.

ASU Fall 2021 Career + Internship Fair
Friday, Sep 24, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Learn more and register here.

On Wednesday and Friday, the fair will feature a collection of employers from close to 100 different companies from a number of different industries with opportunities for all students. We recommend you check out which employers are attending and make a list of those you wish to speak to. Then register for one or both days, depending on who you'd like to meet and the companies you'd like to learn more about.  

On Thursday, employers specifically from the Tourism, Recreation, Government, Non Profit, and Social Services industries will be in attendance. If any of these areas interest you, we recommend registering to attend to learn more.


How will the virtual career fair work? 

The virtual fair will run through ASU’s Handshake, which streamlines many aspects of the career fair experience. You’ll need to register for each day you'd like to attend. Once you register, you’ll sign up for 1:1 sessions (10 minutes each) or group sessions (30 minutes each) with employers. 

To join sessions during the event, you’ll navigate to the event in Handshake, click on the Your sessions tab, then the Launch Video button. During these sessions, students and employers will connect using Handshake’s video, audio or text-based chat. 


How can I prepare for the virtual career fair? 

  • Update your Handshake profile: Handshake can fill in your profile from your uploaded resume, so it’s a good idea to ensure that you’ve updated that resume to include work and volunteer experiences, skills you have built, and more. Check out this guide to must-haves on your Handshake profile. You can also take full advantage of the career center's drop-in career and internship advising. Drop-in hours are: Mon. & Weds. 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Tues. & Thurs. 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Fri. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Simply complete this form and you will receive a Zoom link to enter.

  • Schedule meetings: Ensure you’ve created your schedule by signing up for 1:1 and group sessions with employers. The only way you can meet with employers is by signing up for sessions in advance.

  • Research employers: Consider creating a document that has each organization listed with one or two bullet points describing the organization. These notes could cover their mission, vision or goals to name a few examples. Secondly, list two to three questions you’d like to ask each organization in the session, like “What are the top skills you’re looking for in an ideal candidate?” or “How would you describe your organizational culture?”

  • Practice your pitch: The elevator pitch is essentially a brief introduction to who you are and the types of opportunities you’re interested in. A few things to highlight in this pitch are your major and year at ASU, the skills you have, and the types of opportunities you’re searching for. Learn more about creating a successful pitch here

What should I have with me for the fair? 

We recommend having a notepad and pen, your resume, and a bottle of water available. On the notepad, you should always have the prewritten information about each organization noted and questions for each recruiter. Here are five good questions to ask to get started. 

What should I wear? 

We recommend wearing the same thing to a virtual event that you would wear to an in-person fair: business professional clothing. Check out this post on dressing professionally as a college student for ideas on how to find an appropriate outfit within your budget. 

Lastly, ensure your background is clean with no distractions so that the focus of the employer is on you and not your surroundings.

For more information and tips on ASU’s fall Career and Internship Fair, we’ve got you covered. Check out this advice from a student who’s been there and made lasting connections at the career fair. And remember that the event isn’t over once you log off. Following up with recruiters and anyone you meet at the fair is important too. We have a few tips to help make those messages meaningful and professional. 

Good luck at the fair; we’ll be here rooting for you. Let us know if you have questions or need any help preparing for the event. 

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