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Career Fairs

Students and Alumni

Career Fairs and other recruiting events are a great opportunity to meet representatives of companies looking to hire talented employees—including Illinois Tech students and graduates. At Career Fairs you also can get tips about finding a great job from students who are getting ready to graduate or alumni who are back to recruit more outstanding talent. See our News and Events page for upcoming recruitment events!

Upcoming Career Fairs

virtual career fairs

See our events calendar.


Illinois Tech is transitioning to industry-based career fairs to allow for more companies to attend and make connections with more students. The fairs will take place September 20 and 21, 2017. 

  • Hermann Hall, Main Campus
  • 12 -12:30 p.m.: Early access to employers for students who complete the "VIP Requirements"
  • 12:30-4 p.m. General student admission

Note that the industries below are general categories. Make sure to check both days of the Fairs App prior to the fair in order to see which companies are attending and what kind of students they are hiring.


  • Computer Science
  • Information Technology
  • Business Services
  • Government
  • Non-Profit
  • Military
  • Search firms


  • Engineering
  • Industrial Technology
  • Architecture
  • Natural Sciences



Success is a direct result of preparation. Make sure you take time to prepare for your employer interactions at Career Fairs. Here a few ways to prepare:

View our complete Career Fair Checklist



Set yourself apart ...
Get exclusive access ...
Become a Career Fair VIP!

The VIP Program helps students be better prepared to speak to employers at the Career Fair and will draw employers’ attention to students’ resumes. Students who complete the required steps will receive a special ribbon designation on their Career Fair name tags and will have their resumes added to an exclusive resume book given to all recruiters. Participate in Career Services’ VIP Program to set yourself apart at the Career Fair!


  • Early and exclusive access to employers before other students enter the fair: 12-12:30 (general admission will be at 12:30). Avoid long lines for your top choice employers and make a great first impressions in the 30 minutes prior to general admission
  • Receive ribbon identifying VIP status to stand out to employers
  • Have your resume sent to all employers in a VIP student resume book after the career fair


Join the Career Services Blackboard Organization and complete the following:

  • Get resume reviewed on Handshake
  • Update your LinkedIn profile
  • Create a professional email signature
  • Submit a practice interview on InterviewStream
  • Complete 1 employer engagement activity (informational interview, Prep Night attendance, employer event engagement)
  • Research 5 companies and submit a research form

Forms are submitted in Blackboard to show completion of each item.


Friday, September 15, 2017

Do you think you have what it takes to be a Career Fair VIP? 
Add yourself to the Career Services Blackboard Organization and get started!

Style Guidelines

Professional dress is required for entry to our campus-wide Career Fair. Jeans, t-shirts, casual shoes (sneakers), shorts, and hats* will not be permitted. For more details, see the Illinois Tech Career Fair Style Guide or contact the Office of Campus Life. * We do not discriminate against headwear worn for religious or cultural identity.

Prior to the main Career Fair, the Office of Campus Life hosts professional etiquette workshops and sponsors a Clothing Closet for students who want to borrow ties, shoes, and more. See our calendar for details.


Information for employers is available here.

Customized Career Fairs and Career Connections

Student Organization Career Fairs

Career Services invites student organizations to partner with us. Our active and collaboration will benefit your student organization by creating special connections with Career Services, Alumni Affairs, employers, graduate school representatives and other professionals. We will work with your student leadership and membership to create a set of activities and opportunities to help your organization develop bridges and multiple pathways into the workplace with personalized workshops, opportunities to co-sponsor events, and co-host panels. We strongly encourage student groups to collaborate in their partnership with us throughout the year.

For more information, contact Akshar Patel at to discuss the arrangements, or complete the form here.

Co-sponsor and co-create a career services event to develop a specific event or workshop for your student organization, develop professional skills that positively impact your interaction with employers and other professionals. Benefits include:

  • Networking and relationship building with employers in your field
  • Connect your alumni to the Career Services team to further develop referrals for internships, co-ops and full-time positions
  • Employer contact referrals
  • Speak with employers, graduate school representatives, and other professional connections looking to serve as guest speakers
  • Receive special advance notice of events, workshops, and programming, targeted to your group’s needs


  • Your student organization must be registered and in good standing with the Office of Campus Life
  • You agree to promote Career Services’ events to your members, peer organizations if applicable, and alumni mentors, after which you must complete a follow-up survey
  • You provide contact information for at least two officers so we can reach you quickly with connections to employers and events