WestPACS Job and Internship Fair

  • Join us on Wednesday, October 21, 2020, from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at the Western Pennsylvania Collegiate Job and Internship Fair.

    The reservation window for the Fall 2020 WestPACS Virtual Collegiate Career Fair on October 21 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. is still open! This event is the largest job, internship, and graduate school fair for college students and alumni of more than 50 member schools throughout Western Pennsylvania and other surrounding regions.

    If you have not taken the time to reserve your spots with employers and graduate schools, now is the time to do so. Please remember that spots are limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Below you will find three easy steps that we put together to help you set up your virtual fair experience with employers and graduate schools.

    How To Reserve Times With Employers and Graduate Schools

    Step 1 - Download the App

    1. Download the Career Fair Plus app to your phone. Download to iOS or download for Android, or view on your desktop.

    2. Open the app, and navigate to the organization/school and the fair you are attending. For our fair, you will search: WestPACS

    Step 2 - Search for Employers/Graduate Schools, and Create an Account

    You can start looking through the list of organizations that will be attending the virtual fair without needing to create an account. When you’re ready to start reserving meetings, you will need to create an account and build your profile. Watch this video to see just what you need to do.

    Important: Make sure you build a complete profile that includes all relevant information employers/graduate schools would want to know. This is the profile recruiters will see when you book meetings with them, so you want to make a good first impression!

    Step 3 - Start Reserving Your Meetings

    As you browse the employers/graduate schools who will be at the virtual fair, you can schedule meetings to meet with them virtually.

    1. Tap on the employer/graduate school you would like to meet with, and then tap Meetings to see the schedules they have available

    2. Select the schedule that you’re interested in; employers/graduates schools may have multiple schedules

    3. Select a time that works for you, and hit YES to book the meeting time

    Remember: If you are not signed in, you will be prompted to sign in. If you have not yet created an account, you must do so at this stage to reserve meetings.

    Notes About Types of Meetings

    For Schedules using Career Fair Plus’s in-built Video Meeting Rooms 

    If the interaction type says Video Meeting, the meeting will take place on our integrated video meeting platform. In this case, please click Join Meeting from one of your scheduled meetings and test that your video and microphone are working. You may need to grant/request permissions if it is the first time you are using the platform. If you have issues, please contact support@careerfairplus.com.

    For Schedules without Career Fair Plus’s in-built Video Meeting Rooms

    You will receive an email the day before the fair from Career Fair Plus with reminders about your upcoming meetings, complete with links to the video meeting rooms for each of your reservation times. You can click the links to join on the web on your desktop computer/laptop on the day of the fair for a smoother experience, and do not need to join through your phone.

    Before the Event

    • Contact your campus career center to have your résumé reviewed and to develop an elevator pitch.
    • Check the app regularly in the weeks leading up to the fair to see if recruiters of interest to you have added appointment times.
    • Prepare a few thoughtful questions to ask employers during your meetings.
    • Highly Recommended: Watch “How to Work a Virtual Career Fair,” presented by Jill Thomas of Enterprise Holdings. She will walk you through exactly what to expect from the fair and how to make your experience during the event a success. Jill will also be attending the fair on behalf of Enterprise Holdings.

    The Day Before the Virtual Fair

    • Log in to your account via the app or the web portal.
    • Make sure you can access your virtual meeting schedule.

    During the Event on October 21, 2020

    On the day of the fair, follow these simple steps to connect with employers on the Career Fair Plus virtual fair platform:

    • Sign in to your account via the app or the web portal.
    • Dress for success—even though it is a virtual event, professional dress is still recommended.
    • Introduce yourself to employers that interest you using the elevator pitch you prepared.

    Join the WestPACS Virtual Help Desk during the event if you need support regarding any tech issues or other challenges you may run into during the event. A link to the Virtual Help Desk will be provided via email prior to the fair.

    If you have additional questions about preparing for a virtual career fair, please contact the Career and Professional Development Center. If you have questions about using the app/reserving meetings with employers/graduate schools, please reach out to Kelsey Thompson (kthomps@iup.edu), WestPACS Technology and Candidate Registration Chair.

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