7 Things You Can do to Prep For the UK Virtual Career Fairs

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 8, 2021) — Next week, the University of Kentucky Stuckert Career Center, in collaboration with Engineering Career Development and the Graham Career Management Office in the Gatton College of Business and Economics, will host the spring virtual career fairs. A wonderful opportunity for students to connect with more than 150 employers, the Career Center encourages all students, no matter where they are in their college career, to participate in the fairs. 

During a time of high national and state unemployment, when many companies have cut back on hiring for interns and new graduates, the career center urges students to go through a checklist of tasks to ensure time spent with employers during the virtual fair is best utilized. 

Here are seven things you can do to help you prepare for the fair:

1.      Update and upload resume to your Handshake account. 

2.      Make your Handshake account profile public

3.      Attend a virtual career fair prep workshop

4.      Research employers

5.      Schedule virtual career fair sessions with employers

6.      Connect with recruiters on LinkedIn

7.      Develop/Practice your "elevator pitch." 

More information on the virtual fairs is available at: https://www.uky.edu/careercenter/hireblue-virtual-career-fairs. To learn more about the Stuckert Career Center and their resources, click here.

As the state’s flagship, land-grant institution, the University of Kentucky exists to advance the Commonwealth. We do that by preparing the next generation of leaders — placing students at the heart of everything we do — and transforming the lives of Kentuckians through education, research and creative work, service and health care. We pride ourselves on being a catalyst for breakthroughs and a force for healing, a place where ingenuity unfolds. It's all made possible by our people — visionaries, disruptors and pioneers — who make up 200 academic programs, a $476.5 million research and development enterprise and a world-class medical center, all on one campus.   

In 2022, UK was ranked by Forbes as one of the “Best Employers for New Grads” and named a “Diversity Champion” by INSIGHT into Diversity, a testament to our commitment to advance Kentucky and create a community of belonging for everyone. While our mission looks different in many ways than it did in 1865, the vision of service to our Commonwealth and the world remains the same. We are the University for Kentucky.