KOKOMO, Ind. – Meet over 120 potential employers, network and prepare for future career success by attending the first-ever virtual career fair on IU’s regional campuses.
Scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 18, it’s the largest online career fair hosted by IU, according to Tracy Springer, director of the Career and Accessibility Center.
âI am delighted that our students see the different opportunities available there,â said Springer. âIt expands the scope of some of the relationships we have with employers, giving our students a wider range of potential careers to consider. “
IU Kokomo partnered with career centers in IU East, IU Northwest, IU South Bend, IU Southeast and IUPUI Columbus to plan the event, each bringing in employers from their region. It is open to students and alumni.
âIt really improves everyone’s ability to find, connect and network with people we may not have previously had a relationship with,â she said. “It gives students more opportunities as it goes beyond our region, across the state and even beyond.”
To attend, students can register on iuk.joinhandshake.com to have access to an invitation, which allows them to choose employers to meet and make an appointment.
Alumni are also welcome and can contact the Career and Accessibility Center at [email protected] or call 765-455-9301 to create an account with Handshake.
Springer encouraged students to take advantage of the services offered by the Center to prepare in advance, just as they would for an in-person career fair. The Handshake app will provide a list of companies that will be there, so attendees can research ahead of time and have questions to ask.
Center staff can help you review resumes, practice 30-second oral interviews and resumes, and more, by scheduling appointments via Handshake.
For some job seekers, interviewing employers from home is an advantage.
âIt gives them security and less anxiety to be in their own space,â she said. âIt could be a less intimidating setting and allow them to really showcase their abilities.
âIt’s about networking with employers and learning about careers. For students who aren’t sure what they want to do, they can get in touch with employers now to see what opportunities might arise in the future.
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