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Virtual Career Expo FAQ's

Updated: Sep 2

Registering on Handshake for the upcoming virtual Career Expo on Sept 10th is the first step! You should also take time to prepare for the event and learn the new technology involved in making a virtual fair work. Here is everything you need to know to be ready for Lehigh’s first virtual Career Expo.


Where do I start?

Start by logging in to Handshake and registering for the Virtual Career Expo by clicking the button on the right side of the page. This event does not allow for “walkins” and anyone not registered by Sept. 9th will be unable to participate. The Virtual Career Expo is hosted on Handshake - you will participate by joining the event from the Events tab on Sept 10th.


How does student and recruiter interaction work?

At Lehigh’s 2020 Virtual Career Expo, you’ll be able to engage with employers in a variety of formats, including:

  • Video, audio, and chat communication with company representatives

  • Group Sessions that are 30 minutes each and open to multiple students

  • 1:1 Sessions that are 10 minutes each and are limited to a single student and one employer representative

In these sessions, employers will be identified as the Host, and they will be able to share their screen with participants.


How do I register to meet employers?

You will need to register for either individual sessions or group sessions that take place during the expo event from 4:00 - 7:00pm. Please know if you have not pre-registered for any employer sessions, opportunities may be limited to meet with employers individually or in groups the day of the event. You should make arrangements to meet with any employer that aligns with your industry interests and has available slots open. This could be only a couple or several.


From the Virtual Career Expo page on Handshake, you can click the “Available Sessions” tab in the upper-left of the page, below the fair title and date/time. Locate an employer that you'd like to sign up for a session with, and look for the session information to appear below the employer name and description. Click on the name of the employer you wish to meet with and click on the session of your choice. If your availability changes you can “leave” a session but please do so at least 48 hours before your scheduled session. Check back on the Career Expo page on handshake to see new employers and additional sessions that can be added any day leading up to the Career Expo (Sept 10).


For more information on session sign ups please review: Help Article: Signing up for Sessions at a Virtual Fair


How can I prepare for a virtual career expo?

Attend the Virtual Career Expo Prep Event on Sept 1, 5:00 - 6:00 pm or view this video to learn how to prepare and what to expect at the event. This event will help you practice using digital tools to interact with employers, walk you through creating an elevator pitch and help you prepare employer research.


What information should I add on my Handshake profile?

While its not required that your handshake profile include information, achievements, and your preferences, this is one of the best ways to share information with an employer. We highly recommend you take the time to add your education and experience so that employers who browse for candidates can review your information. Be sure your resume is also uploaded to your profile and you "Join the community" in your profile settings so employers can view it.


How do I complete company research?

Start by reviewing the list of employers attending the Career Expo here. To gather information visit their Handshake profiles and company websites and look for information that outlines their mission and vision. Its also helpful to review comments and reviews from past interns or employees in the student tab on Handshake. Connect with people who work at the company by using Lehigh’s alumni page on LinkedIn and Lehigh Connects. Know what positions are open by checking available positions in Handshake and employer website career’s page.


These tips and more are also outlined in the “Employer Research Guide” located on the left side of the Career Expo Prep tile on Handshake page.


Prepare a list of questions to ask employers and have this with you during the event. The following are example questions but also develop your own based on your research:

  • What type of projects do new hires/interns work on?

  • What are some of the skills you look for in candidates?

  • What type of experience is necessary to work in this role?

  • Can you tell me a little about the training process new hires complete?

  • Is there a mentor program for new hires/interns?

  • How is success measured by your company?

  • What type of long term career is possible with your company?

  • What is the culture of your office/location like?

  • Could you describe the leadership in your organization?

  • What is your hiring timeline?


What do I say to an employer that I met at the event?

We use the term “elevator pitch” or “30 second commercial” to describe the first details you should have prepared to share with a recruiter. Preparing and practicing this will help you feel more confident when initiating conversations. Learn the basics with the Elevator Pitch Guide (located on the left side of the page under attachments) and draft your own elevator pitch to include:

  • Your name, major, class year, and graduation date

  • Express your interest in a position / career path

  • Demonstrate your knowledge of the company/organization

  • Highlight your related experience / show how your major applies to the position

  • Summarize 1-2 experiences both in and/or out of the classroom that connects to the job or career path

  • Ask a prepared question


What are the technology requirements to participate in the virtual career expo?

Twilio is Handshake's video provider for Virtual Fairs, Events, and Interviews. You'll be able to join a session up to ten minutes early to test your connection.

  • An internet connection – broadband wired or wireless (3G or 4G/LTE)

  • Speakers and a microphone – built-in or USB plug-in or wireless Bluetooth

  • Supported Devices:

  • Desktop web

  • iOS app now

  • Android app in mid August

  • Mobile web: We strongly recommend desktop web and native mobile apps for the best experience!

Optional, but recommended if you'd like to use video:

  • A webcam or HD webcam - built-in or USB plug-in

Will resumes be collected?

No, the virtual fair does not offer a drop box feature that allows you to share your resume directly with an employer. However, employers can still view your Handshake profile if you have made it public and clicked the “Join the Community button”. We strongly encourage you to upload a resume on your profile and have your resume ready for job applications which are still required (even if you speak with a recruiter at the expo).


If you need assistance creating or updating a resume please review the resume guide to ensure your resume is well developed for the industry you are applying to. In addition, watch this resume video to learn how to customize your resume for your industry. When you have a draft ready, drop in to Career Lab (Monday - Friday, 10 am - 3 pm) to receive resume feedback from one of the Career Center’s team members. (Find the zoom link on the Handshake events tab)


What attire is expected at the event?

Even though you will be connecting remotely, your visible attire from the video screen should still be professional. A suit jacket, dress shirt, blouse or tie are all appropriate. For visual examples please review these professional dress guidelines (located on the left side of page under attachments).


Need to purchase professional attire? Shop the Suit Up Event on Saturday, Aug. 29th for discounted professional attire from JCPenny. Register for the event and we will share a Lehigh coupon code you can use in store or online. Ship directly to your home (no matter where you are) or pick up at a local store.


What type of background is appropriate for a virtual expo?

You have lots of flexibility in the physical space you set up. Start by Identifying a space where you won’t be interrupted that is clutter free and clean. Its ok if part of your living space is visible in the background, but be sure distractions like roommates, pets, and clutter are not in sight. You can set up a screen or curtain if you wish to create a plain neutral backdrop. It also might be helpful to review this article from Big Interview about preparing for digital interviews


On event day when should I log in?

Make sure you can log into Handshake at least 15 minutes prior to your first scheduled session.


What if I need help?

Inside the virtual event you will find a booth staffed by the Career Center to address questions and support you through the event.


What do I need with me during the event?

It might be helpful to have your resume in front of you to reference, notes from your employer research and target questions you plan to ask. Notebook paper and a pen should be easily accessible incase you want to take notes on your conversations.


What should I do after the event?

  • Send thank yous and follow-ups to each employer you met with

  • Complete any application steps required, including handshake applications or employer website applications

  • Watch job or internship deadlines, many opportunities close shortly after the career expo

  • Continue with additional job or internship search steps (more details here)


For more information and help:

Student Blog: Virtual Career Fairs Are Here! Next Stop: Getting Hired

Video: Introducing Students to Virtual Fairs

Help Article: Handshake's Guide to Attending a Virtual Fair for Students

Help Article: Participating in a Virtual Fair

Help Article: Video Requirements and Troubleshooting for Students

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