Gordon Dining and Event Center

Virtual Career Fairs

Fall 2020 fairs will be virtual and hosted in the Handshake platform.  You will need to be an enrolled student at UW-Madison and your candidate profile must match the specific fair.  In order to virtually attend, you will need to register for the fair in Handshake.  Fairs opened to students for registration on Aug 22.

Remaining fairs:

Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Engineering Mechanics, and Industrial & Systems Engineering Career Fairs
September 21, 2020
Full-time candidates (BS/MS/PhD): 1-4 pm Central
Summer intern & co-op candidates (BS/MS/PhD): 4-7 pm Central

Civil & Environmental Engineering, and Geological Engineering Career Fairs
September 24, 2020
Full-time candidates (BS/MS/PhD): 1-4 pm Central
Summer intern & co-op candidates (BS/MS/PhD): 4-7 pm Central
(ME/EEs will also be invited to attend this event for opportunities in the contracting/consulting field)

Handshake Guide for Attending a Virtual Fair
Privacy Settings for Career Fairs


Returning Spring 2021 or later…..

Engineering Career Services sponsors two large-scale career fairs a year (near the beginning of each semester). These events are open to UW-Madison students and alumni only. UW-Madison ID required.

Career Fair Tips

Plan to attend multiple days

It is important to attend each day because while the career fairs take place on multiple days, employers choose only ONE day of attendance. So, each day of Career Connection, different employers will be available to talk with you about career opportunities.

Come and talk with employer representatives to find out:

• what opportunities are available
• what the day-to-day experience is of an employee
• what the work environment is like
• training programs and employer education

Many employer representatives are also alums!

Before you arrive, we urge you to:

  • Activate/update your Handshake account by developing an effective profile and tailoring your career interests section
  • Develop a personal resume to bring to Career Connection.
  • Research employers of interest prior to speaking to them; develop good questions and points of conversation.
  • On your Handshake account, you can sort employers based on your major, day of attendance and other parameters. Read their descriptions, find their job posting and review their websites. Know why you are interested in approaching each company.
  • Plan your time carefully in order to speak to all employers of interest.

Develop your intro

Develop a brief, targeted, one-minute introduction. Think carefully about the important details your introduction should include: your name, your major or interest area, your current job focus, and your interest in this specific employer.

Plan to bring

  • UW-Madison ID (required for entrance). Alumni, please contact ECS for attendance guidelines.
  • A portfolio containing several copies of your personal resume, a writing tablet and pen/pencil.
  • Try not to bring your backpack in to the Career Connection space. Use the “backpack room” to store your belongings during the fair.

Pay attention to your appearance

  • Practice good hygiene habits; the Career Fair will be very crowded!
  • Your appearance is a very important part of your first impression. Before you speak, your nonverbal communication is already making a lasting impression.
  • Business casual attire is best; this includes khakis, slacks, dresses and skirts, blouses, polo’s and dress-shirts. Formal business attire is not recommended for our career fair (i.e 3 piece suit).

Be yourself!