College of Engineering Job & Internship Fair
Save the date for the Spring 2024 Engineering & Technology Job & Internship Fair! Heading link
|Engineering Job and Internship Fair||Technology Job and Internship Fair|
|Date||Wednesday, February 7, 2024||Thursday, February 8, 2024|
|Time||12-4:30pm CST||12-4:30pm CST|
|Location||UIC Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt Rd., Chicago, IL 60607||UIC Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt Rd., Chicago, IL 60607|
|Who's invited?||UIC College of Engineering: current students and alumni||UIC College of Engineering: current students and alumni|
|Majors||All engineering majors: Biomedical, Chemical, Electrical and Computer, Mechanical and Industrial, and Civil Engineering departments.||Primarily: Computer Science, Data Science, and Computer Engineering majors. Any student looking for jobs in tech/data science/software development is welcome.|
|Job Type||Internships, Co-ops, and Full-Time Jobs||Internships, Co-ops, and Full-Time Jobs|
|Recommended Clothing||Professional Dress: suits, ties, dresses, skirts, dress slacks, dress shoes, and blazers||Professional Dress: suits, ties, dresses, skirts, dress slacks, dress shoes, and blazers|
|Additional info||Masks are recommended. Bring printed copies of your resume. There will be a coat room available.||Masks are recommended. Bring printed copies of your resume. There will be a coat room available.|
|Pre-Registration||Coming in late January 2024. Not required to attend.||Coming in late January 2024. Not required to attend.|
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How to Prepare for an In-Person Job and Internship Fair Heading link
Not sure what to bring to an in-person career fair or recruitment event? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!
Students must bring:
- Several printed copies of your resume to hand out to employers. Printers will not be available onsite.
- Pen and paper for taking notes during your conversations with employers. A padfolio or a notebook works well for this.
- Your phone for accessing the Handshake app. The app contains the list of employers and a floor map showing where in the room they are located. The Handshake app is available for download in the App Store and Google Play. If you do not have your phone, limited printed lists and maps will be available at the front check-in.
Note: There will be a room where you can leave your coat and backpack (UIC is not responsible for lost or stolen items).
Get your resume looking polished and presentable
- Your resume should be neatly formatted and include relevant engineering content. See example engineering resumes here.
- Schedule a 1:1 advising appointment on Handshake.
- Students must bring printed copies of your resume! There will not be any printers onsite. Bring several copies to give out to employers. Keep them in a folder or padfolio.
Research the employers you plan on meeting
- Employers appreciate when you know about their business and their open positions: do your research!
- Besides visiting company websites, check Handshake, LinkedIn, Glassdoor and news articles or blog posts to find up-to-date information on the companies you are interested in speaking with.
- The more you know about your target employers, the more confidence you will have when meeting them at the fair!
Prepare an elevator pitch
- An elevator pitch (30-45 seconds long) is what you say when introducing yourself to an employer during the event.
- An elevator pitch typically includes your name, your major, year in school, and 1-2 highlights about yourself (e.g. a technical skill you know, a recent internship you had, a current project you are working on, etc.) and why you’re interested in their company.
- Practicing your elevator pitch will give you confidence when meeting employers at the fair (and will also impress the employer).
- Fun fact: it’s called an elevator pitch because the time it takes to introduce yourself should take take roughly the amount of time you’d spend riding an elevator with someone (only 30-60 seconds!).
- Use this guide to help you develop your elevator pitch!
Present yourself professionally
- Make your first impression with employers a positive one; attend the event looking professional, neat, and well-groomed.
- Professional attire (such as suits, dresses, skirts, dress slacks, dress shoes, and blazers) is recommended. If you do not own professional attire, business casual works too. Click here to learn the difference between business professional and business casual. Discount stores such as TJ Maxx or Marshalls often have great and cost-effective options.
- Personal hygiene is important. All attendees must look and smell clean.
- Treat the event like a job interview. Show enthusiasm for the company and use your time with each employer wisely. Maintain professional behavior at all times.
What should I say to the employer?
- State your name clearly. Stand out in a positive way by sharing a memorable story in your elevator pitch (see “Preparation is Key” section).
- Ask questions! Employers appreciate when students ask questions because it shows that you are truly interested in the company.
- Ask for the employer’s contact info in order to follow up with the employer. If they can’t provide their email, write down their full name and connect on LinkedIn so you can follow up with them.
How should I present myself?
- Employers notice how you carry yourself and your facial expressions say a lot.
- Maintain professional behavior, as if you are in interview mode the entire time.
Follow up with employers after you attend the career fair. Many people do not do this, so you will stand out if you do!
- Use the contacts you collected and follow up with your target employers through email or LinkedIn.
- A brief email or personalized LinkedIn invite shows the employer your strong interest level in them.
- Here are some tips on writing a follow-up thank you note.
- Be patient. Employers/Recruiters are busy and will get back to you if they are interested.