How to Take Part in the Virtual Career & Internship Fair


 By Stuart Esrock, Ph.D.

The UofL campus-wide Career and Internship Fair is coming up on Wednesday, September 30.  Because of the pandemic, this career fair and others this fall will be held on a virtual/remote basis.  In order to take part in the upcoming fair (and also the Graduate/Professional School Fair on October 14), you will need to register and then sign up for group sessions and/or individual employer meetings using the Handshake career management system.

If you have not used Handshake previously, you will need to set up your account and update your profile using your ULink user ID and password.  Log into Handshake using the UofL portal.  

Once logged in, you will be on Handshake’s homepage. Select the “Events” tab near the top of the page.  On the “Events” page, select “Career Fair” located at the top.  On the “Career Fair” page, you will see the name of each virtual fair, along with the date it is being held. Choose the career fair you wish to attend by selecting the bolded title.  Scroll down the page to see all information including the employers attending. Return to the previous page with the description of the fair and scroll up. Select the blue “Register” button on the right. 

If your Handshake profile is set to private, a window will appear instructing you to change profile visibility to participate in the virtual career fair. The Community setting will allow you to participate in both 1-on-1 and Group sessions.

After registering, you will receive an email from Handshake confirming you have successfully registered. You can click on the link in the email to select your sessions to meet with employers.

In the days prior to career fair events: 

  • Make sure your profile is complete and up-to-date and privacy setting is on Community.
  • Have your resume reviewed by UCC and uploaded into your Handshake account.
  • Ensure your webcam and microphone work.
  • Research employers for which you have scheduled sessions and have two or three appropriate questions.
  • Dress professionally for your webcam session.

For detailed instructions, please review our handout Preparing for Virtual Career Fairs.  For additional tips about virtual career fairs, please visit our Career Fair website.