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 or log into Handshake to see upcoming recruitment events!
Chicago-area career fairs (year-round)
Students who take the initiative in their job search are more successful. In addition to using your existing network, see what networking and job fair events are taking place in your city and put yourself in front of the people who are hiring. Below are external websites listing a variety of job fair events by location.
- U.S. Job Fair Directory
- Eventbrite Career Fairs
- Metro Chicago Jobs
- Choice Career Fairs
- Best Hire Career Fairs
Our campus-wide career fairs are held each semester, and are two days, separated by general industry groupings to allow for more companies to attend and make connections with more students and alumni.
Fall 2018 Details
September 26 and 27, 2018
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
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. Students and alumni can attend any or both days.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26
- Computer Science
- Information Technology
- Business Services
- Search firms
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 27
- Industrial Technology
- Natural Sciences
* Some architecture companies will be in Crown Hall. See the Fairs App for details.
Thank you to our past and future sponsors!
Student Registration and Attendance
- Students must have their resume uploaded and approved in Handshake before the fair in order to attend. To register, update your resume and have it approved in Handshake.
- Why? Employers have emphasized the importance of a well-written resume, and Career Services wants all students attending to have the best chances of employment.
- Why? This is an opportunity for students to set themselves apart to employers by preparing for future employment prior to graduating.
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:
- Update your resume
- Improve your LinkedIn profile
- Research companies of interest
- Prepare and rehearse a short introduction
- Plan your professional wardrobe or borrow from our clothing closet
- Have your professional portrait taken
- Become a Career Fair VIP
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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.
Virtual career fairs are a great opportunity for students to participate in meaningful conversations with companies and learn about their culture, job requirements, and more. It’s an unintimidating way to pursue opportunities, learn about companies, network, and perfect an elevator pitch, all through short, easy, text-based chats.
See our events calendar.
WHAT CAN YOU DO TO PREPARE for virtual career fairs?
Do your research. Browse the Virtual Career Fair online space to become familiar with how it works. Review the participating employers and what types of jobs they have available. Go to company websites, social media pages and check to see if they've had any recent news releases. This will help you be more savvy and energized in the conversation and showcase why you're a good fit for the job.
Update your resume and social media accounts. When you register you'll fill out an online profile including your resume. Make sure it's clear, concise and up-to-date. Have a copy handy for you to refer to during interviews. Be sure to scrub your online profiles of any "unprofessional" posts or photos.
Type some notes. Save some time and prepare your introduction and pre-write some questions in advance. (Ask about the company culture, upcoming changes, special projects, etc.)
Keep conversations focused and professional. Your goal is connect with all the companies on your list. These are live chat conversations, so be aware of typos and avoid emoticons. Post sticky notes on your desk to remind you of three main selling points about yourself.
Be prepared for an impromptu video interview! If recruiters are impressed with your skill set, they may invite you to do a video conversation. Additionally, it has been proven that if you dress like you are in a live interview, you will feel and present yourself better.
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. (*We do not discriminate against headwear worn for religious or cultural identity.) For more details, see the Illinois Tech Career Fair Style Guide or contact the Office of Campus Life.
Prior to the main Career Fair, Career Services, in partnership with the Office of Campus Life, hosts a professional Clothing Closet for students who want to borrow ties, shoes, and more.
Career Services often invites a professional photographer to take professional portraits for students and alumni in the week before or week of the campus-wide career fairs, free of charge. Professional portraits can be accessed below. Password required!
The password to see the photographs is the semester and date (e.g. fall2016).
- Spring 2018 - password: spring2018 (most recent!)
- Fall 2017 - password: fall2017
- Spring 2017 - password: spring2017
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. Read more below, and the submit a request to collaborate: Career Services Networking Request Form.