#GetHiredOnHandshake: Prepare for the Fair

Hi Jumbos, we hope your semester is off to a smooth start! For this week’s installment of #GetHiredOnHandshake, we turn your attention to our Spring Virtual Career Fair on Friday, February 11th from 1pm-4pm. This is event is open to ALL majors and programs interested in connecting with the participating employers.  There are two ways to engage with employers at virtual fairs on Handshake. One is in Group Sessions (30 minutes) and the other is through 1-on-1 meetings (10 minutes). As soon as you register, you can start building your schedule with these different sessions types and can continue to add throughout the fair as well.

What employers/organizations will be at the fair?

  • Employers looking to hire students for entry-level positions for after graduation.
  • Employers looking to speak to students about possible internships and co-ops.
  • Employers looking to connect with students to teach them more about their organization.

You can learn all about our virtual fair by watching our our Prepare for the Fair webinar on our YouTube Channel and perusing our compiled list of career fair resources. Additionally, below are some starter tips for putting your best foot forward:


Make sure your Handshake Profile is completed and up to date! If this is your first time using Handshake, check out last week’s blog post for tips on how to get started with creating your profile. Your Handshake profile helps you get personalized recommendations for upcoming virtual events, and employers use profile fields to find students to invite to their sessions. Don’t let an incomplete or out-of-date profile keep you from getting discovered by recruiters!

Register for the fair. Registration for the spring fair opens today, January 28th. You cannot create your schedule until you have registered, so getting signed up is the first important step! Once you have registered, you can return to the fair page to set your schedule for the day.

Make your schedule. You must sign up for specific employer slots to participate in the fair. Employers will continually be adding sessions, so check back frequently as spots will fill up on a first come, first serve basis! We encourage you to fill in any gaps in your schedule with new employers who you may not have considered before to learn about additional opportunities and expand your network.

Have your resume critiqued by the Career Center. Attend our Career Lab to meet with a career advisor and go over your resume. Employers may take a look at your Handshake profile to learn more about you, so having a strong resume featured on your page will help you stand out. You can upload your resume as a public document by selecting Feature on Profile when you add it to your documents on Handshake.


If you need us, we are here! We will have virtual/chat Office Hours throughout the week leading up to the fair. On the day of the fair, we will have a separate Zoom help room which you will be able to access on the fair page as well by clicking on the Help Room Button. You can also check out our Virtual Fair Troubleshooting and FAQs blog post for additional support.

We hope to see you at the Spring Virtual Career Fair! If you have any questions, please reach out to Willa Mayo, Recruiting Coordinator, at willa.mayo@tufts.edu.

By Willa Mayo
Willa Mayo Recruiting Coordinator, Employer Relations