Engineering Career Days 2020 – A virtual event!
Tuesday, September 10, 2019 – Employers A-G
Wednesday, September 11, 2019 – Employers H-Z
Open to on-campus students and alumni; bring resumes; business casual dress
- Tips for a Career Fair
- Video: Alumni Tips on Making the Most of the Career Fair
- Audiocast of Career Fair Tips
Please note: Engineering Career Days are open only to University of Pennsylvania on-campus students and alumni; this event is not open to online students, Penn Medicine (MD), MBA, Law students or the general public. Without a valid University of Pennsylvania identification card or evidence of status, attendees will not be admitted.
Best Candidate Practices for the Career Fair
1. Register for the event – and complete your profile as thoroughly as possible! This will be the first impression you are able to give the organizations participating, and you’ll want to look your digital best!
2. Even though the event is online, dress in business casual – you may be engaging in video chats and we want you to look your best!
3. Spend a bit of time researching the organizations attending by browsing the list of registrants on Handshake. The Handshake search will list organizations by majors being sought, those looking for summer interns, and those seeking graduate students, among other searchable variables. Identify the organizations with which you wish to engage so that you can plan your time strategically.
4. Before you log in or join a chat or 1:1 meeting, decide which companies you will visit first. Then, think about the research you’ve done for a minute:
- What do you already know about the employer?
- Think of questions that you can ask to help you understand what the organization is seeking and to learn of their hiring timelines and processes.
- Be prepared to give a brief summary of the type of work you are seeking.
- Be prepared to say a little bit about yourself (interests, projects, research, goals, etc.)
5. Try your best to not be nervous by remembering the recruiters want to speak with you!
6. Don’t be afraid to initiate the conversation – you can start with your name, major or program, and with a thanks to the employer for participating! You can initiate further conversation by sharing what brought you to engage with this employer, and by asking informed questions about specific roles, the organization, and the recruiting process.
7. If you would like to continue the conversation beyond the virtual fair, don’t be afraid to ask! You can certainly say in closing, “I’d like to speak with you further, but I am sure that you have others waiting. May we reconnect when you have more time? If you want to pursue a job with a recruiter, make sure you know what to do next (ie. apply through their online portal, submit your resume for their on-campus interview schedule, etc.
8. Quickly during the event, or even just after, jot down some information about your conversation with each representative to whom you spoke. Sending thank you notes (by email is fine) is recommended for those companies with opportunities you are especially interested in pursuing. Try to trigger the representative’s memory of you by stating something that you had discussed with him or her.