IUP Spring Career Fair

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

Handshake Virtual Fair

Employers

The IUP Spring 2021 Career Fair provides an opportunity for students to explore jobs and internship opportunities in numerous fields. The fair is open to employers seeking students from any of IUP’s more than 175 academic majors and certificate programs for full-time, part-time, seasonal, and internship employment.

Please note: Organizations registering for the Spring Career Fair must have an account set up on Handshake. Career Fair registration will be required through Handshake, and registration fees will be accepted through Marketplace.

Employer Registration - Handshake

Employer Registration Fee (online credit card and e-check payment) - Marketplace*

*If you prefer to pay by check, please send the request to career-development@iup.edu and we will reply with an invoice.

Student Registration

In order to participate, students will need to complete their profile on Handshake, the comprehensive online career and internship resource offering powerful search tools and alerts. IUP students and alumni are provided with a free account, giving you access to more than 1 million jobs posted by 200,000 companies, nonprofit groups, and government organizations nationwide to help you find jobs that best fit your skills and interests.

The Three Must-Haves on Your Handshake Profile

To help you prepare for the Career Expo and Graduate School Fair, view our tips on writing a résumé, job fairs, and interviewing.

Dress: Business or Business Casual

Your meeting with company representatives at the fair is your first impression to the rest of the company. If you do not impress them the first time you meet, you may not get a second chance. Even in a virtual setting, you should plan in advance what you are going to wear and be sure everything is neat, clean, and pressed. Simple and conservative attire is usually best.

Update Your Résumé

Before the fair, review your résumé. Is it attractive and error-free? Does it sell your skills to the company representative? Is it targeted to the type of employment you are currently seeking? Bring a couple dozen professional-quality copies with you to the fair.

For more on résumés, see our résumé section. 

Practice What You Will Say

There are a few basic questions you will probably be asked all day. If you do not have an answer ready for this question, you will not look prepared. Here is a prime example:

“What type of job are you looking for?”

Although it may be partly true, do not say you will take any job they have. Commit to a specific type of job such as customer service support, clerical assistant, accounting clerk, welder, etc. If you do not want to be specific, offer your experience.

“I have skills in sales, marketing, and advertising, and I am interested in opportunities with your company.”

Be Prepared to Discuss Anything

You might be asked to describe your strength and skills, experience, special training, or qualifications for a specific job. Someone might ask you why you left your previous job or why you are looking for a career change. If you are prepared to field a variety of questions, your tact and skill will show you as a superior candidate.

For information, please contact Bill Zimmerman at 724-357-2235 or W.J.Zimmerman@iup.edu.

 

CPDC Guidance on Changes in University Operations (i.e., inclement weather, pandemic, etc.)

Career fairs, networking, or other career-related events may be canceled if conditions or circumstances beyond the control of the University arise including, but not limited to, acts of God or war, changes in controlling law, regulations, orders or the requirements of any governmental entity, severe weather conditions, civil disorders, natural disasters, fire, epidemics/pandemics and quarantines, general strikes throughout the trade or other labor disputes affecting either party, and freight embargoes that would make it unsafe to hold the event and/or the University President elects to close the non-essential operations of the University. In such circumstances, and to offset incurred fees, organizations will receive a 75% refund of their registration fee.  In the event the University moves to virtual operations, career-related events may be conducted virtually. If an organization is unable to participate in a virtual capacity, said organization will be credited their paid registration toward the next career-related event.  Although caution is advised, attendance at the career-related events will be up to the discretion of the attendees.

The Career and Professional Development Center will not be responsible for ensuring that organizations or students/alumni/graduates/candidates will attend.