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Career Services offers ten signature Career Fairs per year, giving employers the ability to connect directly with Cal Poly students and alumni. Attending a Career Fair is also one of the most effective ways for you to gain visibility, build invaluable relationships on-campus, educate students about your company, advertise open positions and/or interview our talented students and alumni. Special rates are available for our non-profit and government partners. 
 

How Do You Register For a Career Fair?

  1. Log into MustangJOBS, powered by Handshake (please see special instructions for first-time MustangJOBS, powered by Handshake users below).
  2. On the left-side navigation bar, click on "Fairs."
  3. Search for "Cal Poly" in the search bar and click on the career fair that you would like to register for.
  4. Once you complete the career fair registration, our office will need to review the details you provided.
  5. Within 3 business days you should expect an invoice from us. Please note that your registration is not complete until payment is made and job descriptions are posted and approved. 

 

Important Notes About Registration For First-Time Handshake Users

For first-time users, you will need to create your personal account and link to your employer's Handshake page before you can register for the fair. (This is a one-time-only process.)

  1. Go to calpoly.joinhandshake.com/login
  2. Click on "Sign up for an Account" under the Handshake logo and then select "Employer" on the resulting page.
  3. To create your personal account, enter your information, email address, and create a password. Handshake will send you a confirmation email to verify your credentials.
  4. Check your email and click the link to confirm your account.
  5. Back in Handshake, follow the steps to set up your account, search for your employer and link to that account. (If your organization is not in Handshake, you will create its employer page.) Students and alumni will see these pages when searching in the system. You can also request access to Cal Poly during the sign-up process, notifying us that you would like to post jobs with us in the future.
  6. After you link to your employer or create your employer's account, you'll be on the home page of Handshake. On the left-side navigation bar, click on "Fairs." Search for "Cal Poly" on the resulting Career Fairs page, and click on our career fair to complete registration.

 

Important Notes About Virtual Career Fairs on MustangJOBS, powered by Handshake

Employers can register for virtual career fairs similarly to in-person career fairs. Once the employer's registration is approved by our office, employers are able to generate session schedules for representatives that will be present. 

Students can learn about employers and share their profile in intimate group sessions or get 1:1 facetime with recruiters—all from their browser or Handshake’s mobile app. Each employer will be able to schedule the following during each virtual career fair:

  • Five 30-minute group meetings that accommodate up to 50 students each. Multiple recruiters can attend, talk with students, and share their screen.
  • 10-minute 1:1 meetings with students hosted by up to 15 recruiters. Each recruiter can set their own schedule and choose qualifications students must meet to attend. 

In these sessions, employers will be identified as the Host, and they will be able to share their screen with participants. Employers will be able to see profiles and public resumes, as well as message the students they engage at the fair, making it easy to prepare for and follow up on all of their sessions. You can read more about the employer scheduling process here

Check out these resources prior to the Career Fair to help you make the most of your Virtual Career Fair experience: 

  1. Identifying and Registering for Virtual Career Fairs 
  2. Create a Schedule for Virtual Career Fairs
  3. Hosting Virtual Career Fair Sessions 
  4. MustangJOBS, powered by Handshake Video Requirements & Troubleshooting (Employers) 

For questions or additional information on any of the Career Services Career Fairs listed below, please contact the Career Services Events Team or Soukita Thipsouvanh, senior event planner and career partners program coordinator, directly at 805-756-6094. You may also contact the Career Services Front Office directly at 805-756-2501.

2020 - 2021 Career Services Career Fairs & Special Events

Save the date for the 2020 - 2021 Career Fairs! For a compiled list of career fairs, feel free to download the 2020-21 Career Fair Calendar (.pdf). All dates are subject to change. Registration will open on MustangJOBS, powered by Handshake for the 2020 - 2021 Career Fairs approximately two months before the event at 9:00 a.m. pacific standard time. See Eight Best Practices for Career Fair Success for tips on making the most of a career fair. 



 

Fall 2020 Career Fairs - All Fall 2020 career fairs will be hosted virtually within MustangJOBS, powered by Handshake.

Tuesday, OCtober 6, 2020

The LIVE Virtual Computing Career Fair is a unique recruiting event for companies interested in connecting with Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Software Engineering, Information Systems, Math, Physics, Stats students and related majors through a new MustangJOBS, powered by Handshake virtual career fair platform. 

 

REGISTRATION AVAILABLE 8/11/20 - Register Now!

 

 

Alumni-Employer Networking Event

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Network and mingle with fellow alumni and colleagues, and reconnect with Cal Poly Faculty and Staff. To register, add this event to your Fall Career Fair registration by checking the appropriate box. If you will not be participating in the Fall Career Fair, but would like to attend the Alumni-Employer Networking Event, please contact Soukita Thipsouvanh at thipsouv@calpoly.edu.

 

REGISTRATION AVAILABLE 8/11/20 

 

 

Fall Career Fair

Wednesday, October 7 & Thursday, October 8, 2020

Recruit students from all majors for career, internship, and co-op positions through MustangJOBS, powered by Handshake new career fair platform. 

 

REGISTRATION AVAILABLE 8/11/20 - Register Now - Day 1! and/or Register Now - Day 2!

 

 

Winter 2021 Career Fairs  

Architecture & Environmental Design

Thursday, January 14, 2021

This is a unique, targeted recruiting event for companies interested in connecting with Architectural Engineering, Architecture, City Regional Planning, Construction Management, Landscape Architecture, and Transportation Planning students and related majors.

 

REGISTRATION AVAILABLE 12/1/20

 

Student+Employer Diversity Mixer

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

To register, add this event to your Winter Career Fair registration by checking the appropriate box. If you will not be participating in the Winter Career Fair, but would like to attend the Student + Employer Diversity Mixer, please contact Dale Stoker at dstoker@calpoly.edu.

 

REGISTRATION AVAILABLE 11/19/20 

 

 

Winter Career Fair

Wednesday, January 20  & Thursday, January 21, 2021

Recruit students from all majors for career, internship, and co-op positions.

 

REGISTRATION AVAILABLE 11/19/20 

 

 

Local Career Fair

Thursday, February 4, 2021

Recruit students from all majors and class levels for part-time, career, internship, and co-op positions. This event is open to employers within a 60 mile radius of San Luis Obispo County (or Northern Santa Barbara County) looking to fill part-time, internship and career positions. It is a great opportunity to interact with students exploring the community and job and internship options available in this area.

 

REGISTRATION AVAILABLE 12/10/20 

 

 

 
Packaging Career Fair

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Co-sponsored with the Orfalea College of Business Industrial Technology and Packaging, the Packaging Career Fair is a unique recruiting event for companies interested in connecting with Industrial Technology and Packaging students and related majors.

 

REGISTRATION AVAILABLE 12/1/20

 

 

 
Teacher Job Fair

Thursday, MarcH 4, 2021

The Teacher Job Fair is a unique recruiting event for organizations interested in connecting with knowledgeable, skillful and caring education professionals from Cal Poly's School of Education program.

 

REGISTRATION AVAILABLE 1/7/21 

 

 

 

Spring 2021 Career Fairs

Spring Career Fair & Clothing Drive

Wednesday, April 14, & Thursday, april 15, 2021

Recruit students from all majors for career, internship, and co-op positions.

 

 

REGISTRATION AVAILABLE 2/3/21 

 

 

 

 

Disability-Related Accommodations
Career Services is committed to equal employment opportunity for all persons and provides services to our students and employers on a nondiscriminatory basis.  If you need a disability-related accommodation or wheelchair access information, please contact the Career Services Events Team. Requests can be served more effectively if notice is provided at least 10 days before the event.

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