Virtual career fairs 2020

Student resources for attending

UW Bothell’s virtual career fairs via Handshake

Fall 2020 | October 21st and 22nd | 10:30am-2:30pm

We invite you to register for our first virtual fall career fairs on Handshake where over 60 employers have active job and internship openings for you! Preparing for these fairs is different than in-person fairs and we have outlined steps for success and resources below.

Registration Schedule:

  • Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors and Graduate students: may register September 30 through the day of the fair
  • First-year students and Alumni: may register October 8 through the day of the fair

Note: Employer 1:1's and group sessions are first come, first served.

Employers: this page is for students, info for employers can be found under the employer page.

2020 All Industries Career Fair October 21, 10:30-2:30, virtual via Handshake2020 Tech & Engineering Fair, October 22, 10:30-2:30, virtual via Handshake

Steps to attend the career fairs

Step 1: Find and register for the career fairs in Handshake

You'll need to register in Handshake in order to see all the employers and sign up for sessions to chat with them.

  1. Log into your Handshake account and go to the “Events” tab at the top of the menu bar.
  2. Select “Career fair”.
  3. Click on the name of the fair (“UW Bothell All Industries Virtual Career Fair 2020” and/or “UW Bothell Tech & Engineering Virtual Career Fair 2020”), then select the “Register” button on the right. (Repeat this for each fair that you want to attend).
  4. Review which employers are attending the fair (follow employers you want to check back in with). To sign up for 1-on-1 or group sessions, your profile privacy will need to be set to “Community” or “Employers”. (For more information on profile privacy, please see Profile Privacy Options in Handshake).
  5. To see these steps demonstrated, watch this video Locating and Registering for Virtual Fairs (5:34).
  6. Update your Notifications Preferences to receive emails for each item under the "Career Fairs" section

Step 2: Sign up for 1-on-1 and group sessions

Sign up early so you are guaranteed a spot!

  • 1-on-1 sessions are 10 minutes long. Group sessions are 30 minutes long.
  • You can sign up for a session up to 1 minute before the start time, but once a session has started you are unable to sign up for it.
  • Students will only be able to sign up for sessions where they meet the employer’s qualifications, so fill out the sections as advised in Step 3.
  • Get an overview of how sessions are structured, read this article Signing Up for & Managing Virtual Fair Sessions.
  • Learn the steps for logging into the session on the day of the fair, read this article Participating in a Virtual Fair.

Step 3: Complete your Handshake profile

  • Completing your profile is the best way to be eligible for roles and enables employers to search for your profile for a match to their positions: How to Complete Your Profile.
  • It is important that these 5 requirements are accurate in your profile for you to be eligible for opportunities:
    • Graduation date
    • Major (make sure you select one of the Bothell majors, i.e. UW Bothell - Business Administration)
    • GPA (if a new transfer student, you can use your previous school’s GPA)
    • School year
    • Work authorization (can be updated in “Settings & Privacy”)

Step 4: Review Audio/Video Requirements and Troubleshooting

Ensure that you have the right set up to support your audio (required) and video (optional): Handshake Video Requirements & Troubleshooting.

Step 5: Participate in hands-on training

Want more in-depth info on how to prepare for the fair?

Step 6: Review tips for preparation, participation, and follow-up

Day of the fair

  • Log in to Handshake before the fair starts to access all your sessions. Note that all sessions are hosted on the Handshake platform. 
  • See details on day-of participation including joining and leaving a session in Participating in a Virtual Fair.
  • For any questions you have on the day of the fair, contact to have a staff member assist you.
  • It is important to attend the sessions for which you have registered. No-shows reflect poorly on candidates.
  • Business casual attire is recommended.
  • Employers are excited to virtually meet you. They will expect that your videos will be turned on and that you will be asking questions and engaging in the sessions.
  • When asking questions of employers, be sure to first show gratitude by thanking them for their time and/or for participating in the fair.
  • It is important to stay in the group sessions until they have concluded. Leaving early from group sessions reflects poorly on candidates. 

Support, logistics, and tips for success


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