Get Prepared for the Virtual GVSU Fall Career and Internship Fair


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Explore various career fields and meet with employers looking to hire for internships, part-time and full-time opportunities in a virtual environment! 

  • Sign up for 1:1 meetings in Handshake with representatives to introduce yourself and express interest in a position. These are on a first-come, first-served basis!
  • During the fair, join group meetings with employers to ask questions, learn more about the organization, opportunities, and various career paths.
  • Career Explorers – explore various career paths and build your professional networks by meeting with employers interested in engaging with you.

Do this all from the comfort of your room! No lines, no travel, no parking hassle!

View Participating Employers By Career Communities


Before the Fair

Attend Prep Events

GVSU Career Fair Prep Event

Monday, September 27, 12-1 PM

Nervous about attending the GVSU Virtual Career & Internship Fair? Never attended a virtual fair before? Not sure what to expect? Join GVSU Career Center staff as we go over the Handshake Virtual Fair platform and provide tips on how to best prepare for the upcoming career fair.

This event is virtual via Handshake. 

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Career Fair Pitch Prep

Tuesday, September 28, 11:30-1 PM

Career Fairs, whether in-person or virtual, can be quite nerve-wracking. Preparation is key! Join us for a session on crafting your virtual introduction/elevator pitch. Taking a few minutes to craft your story—where you started, where you are now, where you want to go—will serve as a foundation for conversations. Attendees will have the chance to practice their crafted pitch with professionals who can give great advice to help improve their networking skills, all in a low-key environment!

This event is virtual via Handshake. 

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Resume Review Day with Industry Professionals

Friday, October 1, 12-3 PM

Sign up to have your resume reviewed by industry professionals! This is your chance to get valuable feedback from experts in your field including tips on formatting, content, and how to translate your course work into an experience that employers will value.

This event is virtual via Handshake. 

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JCPenney Suit Up Grandville & Virtual

Sunday, October 3, 6-9 PM

Come to JCPenney at RiverTown Crossings Mall on October 3rd from 6:00pm – 9:00pm and receive an EXTRA 30% off on top of pre-existing discounts. Get prepared for internships, interviews, or the GVSU Career and Internship Fair. Online discount coupons will also be available.

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CareerLab

Drop in to CareerLab to get your resume or Handshake profile reviewed, practice your elevator pitch or get answers to your career fair questions. Starting Monday, Aug. 30, CareerLab hours are Monday - Friday from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. (101B DEV or 200 STU) , and 4-7 p.m. virtually.

Get Ready to Participate

  • Do your research – Check out the list of attending employers and figure out which organizations you are interested in and spend time doing some research on them. What information does their website or Handshake have? What types of positions do they have available?  How do your skills and experiences match what they’re looking for?
  • Check out employers sorted by career community for a list of employers relevant to your career interests. Business & Entrepreneurship I Communication & the Arts I Education I Healthcare I Human and Public Service I STEM I Exploring
  • Register and schedule - Register for the Fair in Handshake. You'll then be able to schedule individual meetings with employers you want to talk with during the event. Some employers will be hosting group meetings in addition to individual sessions, all of which you can sign up for in advance.

         Virtual GVSU Fall Career and Internship Fair

  • Develop questions - Narrow down your list of organizations then list some questions you would like to ask the representative at the fair.
  • Prepare an introduction - Having a polished 30-second or less speech to introduce yourself to the employer will help you to initiate conversation.  In your introduction, you should include your name, major/minor(s), year in school, career goals, and why you are interested in the particular organization. Listen to our podcast episode on How to Introduce Yourself which includes lots of great tips!

Handshake Virtual Fair How-Tos

Handshake Virtual Fairs Overview

How to Attend Virtual Fairs in Handshake

How to prepare for a Virtual Fair in Handshake

How to stand out at Virtual Fairs in Handshake


Day of the Fair

  • Check your Tech - Make sure the technology you're using for the event is working properly before joining. If you are having technical difficulty, visit the Ask Me Zoom Room.
  • Professional Background - You'll have the option of having your camera on or off. If it's on, ensure you are professionally dressed and have a professional background. Having a light on in front of you rather than behind also makes you more visible.
  • Be on time - Get to your scheduled meetings on time. Some employers will let you schedule meetings the day of the fair or will be hosting drop-in rooms. Be sure to take advantage of these if your schedule allows. 
  • Engage! Put all that preparation to work. Introduce yourself with the intro you practiced, ask the questions you've prepared, and listen. Remember, this is a conversation, so be yourself. The amount of time you have with each employer may vary, so be sure to put it to good use.
  • Track names for follow-up - It is always a good idea to keep track of the individual you spoke within each session. This will allow you to follow up with that individual in the future.
  • Stop into the Ask Me Room- If you're unsure of who to talk to or what employers fit your area, visit the Ask Me Zoom Room. There are advisors on hand who can help answer any questions you may have.

After the Fair

  • Follow up - Sending a thank-you note is important in creating a good lasting impression. The note should be personalized to include details from your conversation that stuck out to you. You can also use it to highlight or re-emphasize details about your background/experiences and how they tie to the position. You can stay connected using LinkedIn. Interviewing & Networking Resources

Resources

Work Like a Laker Podcast

Listen to two great episodes on the career fair:
Avoid the Awkward: How to Introduce Yourself

How to Follow-Up After Career Fair

Helpful Videos
Social Media

Follow @gvsucareers on Instagram for plenty of tips, employer videos, and practical information to help you have a successful career fair.


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