Student Best Practices & Resources for Handshake Virtual Career Fairs

Handshake Virtual Career Fairs give you a more curated, efficient experience to connect with recruiters! Instead of navigating a map of booths and waiting in long lines, now you can browse employers ahead of time and schedule all of your 1:1 and/or group sessions in advance. The day of the fair, students simply log into Handshake to attend your scheduled meetings with employers. 

Start Here:

Read our Student Guide to Attending a Virtual Career Fair in Handshake. This guide is your step-by-step resource to fair registration, signing up for 1:1 and group sessions, and making sure your Handshake profile is up-to-date and ready for employers to review! 

Next Step: 

Get tips from the experts at Handshake and learn how to rock your first virtual fair! You can also watch the video training below for more details and to see a live demo of the virtual fair platform. 



Important Reminders:

UP Student Expectations 

The expectation when you sign up for a group session or 1:1 with an employer is that you will attend. If you have a valid reason for not being able to attend, you must cancel your reservation in Handshake ASAP. Keep your fellow Pilots in mind! By not canceling your time slot you are preventing your classmates from being able to connect with employers.  

Technical Details

  • BE SURE YOUR VIDEO IS ON when you join a session.
  • On day of the virtual event, within your fair “schedule” there is a launch/join video button that you can click on for each time slot (it appears about an hour before that time slot starts).
    • When selected, a new window/browser tab pops up, so ensure you are allowed pop ups from Handshake in your Chrome of Firefox browser. 
  • Test ahead of time! Go to 
  • Use Chrome or Firefox browsers (DO NOT USE Internet Explorer) 
  • 3G or 4G wireless or broadband connection 
  • Built in or USB camera, and built in, USB or Bluetooth mic/speakers 
  • Mac, Windows, Linux iOS, Android 
  • Check out this article for a step by step trouble shooting guide.