January 30-31, 2019 at the ARC from 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Registration is still open in Handshake for Day 2 of the career fair, January 31.
Employers should ensure that they have an employer account in Handshake @ Illinois.
Engineering Career Services and Engineering Council (EXPO) have joined forces to bring you one combined Engineering Career Fair hosting one of the largest career fairs in the country and certainly the largest hosted at the University of Illinois. Employers may choose to attend one or two days with the ability to recruit all Engineering majors and connect with our top talent at Illinois!
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The world’s top companies are drawn to Illinois because of our global reputation for leadership in engineering research and education. The Illinois environment offers a distinctive combination of the brightest people and a unique culture of collaboration and innovation. Engineering @ Illinois hosts over 200 companies with over 3,500 students in attendance at our spring fairs and over 400 companies and 7000 students at our fall fairs. One of the many reasons why you should attend the Engineering @ Illinois Career Fairs and connect with top talent at Illinois.
Career Fair Location
Activities and Recreation Center (ARC): 201 E Peabody Dr, Champaign, Illinois 61820
Complimentary parking for the career fair is provided for all recruiters in Lot E14 on the corner of First Street & Kirby Avenue. A shuttle will transport recruiters from E14 to the ARC approximately every 10 minutes between 11:00 am – 7:00 pm.
To drop off packages, please pull up to the marked spaces in directly in front of the ARC and volunteers will assist with unloading. You may then park in E14.
Engineering Career Services will not be responsible for any tickets or tows received for parking in an incorrect space.
Metered parking is available on the street at a cost of $1.00 per hour and is at the expense of the recruiter – not ECS.
Career Fair Schedule (January 30-31, 2019)
|11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.||Shuttle Service from E-14 to ARC
(Shuttle runs every 10 – 15 minutes)
|11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.||Arrival and Set – Up|
|11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.|
12:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
|Lunch: Room MP6 & MP7|
|1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.||Career Fair Open to Students|
|6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.||Tear-Down and Shuttle Service Departures
(Shuttle runs every 10 – 15 minutes until 7:00 p.m.)
Career Fair Registration Contact Information
Donna Shubert, ECS Recruiting Coordinator
Phone: (217) 333-1960
Registration Dates & Deadlines
|Registration Opens in Handshake for Career Partners & Corporate Connection Members||October 22, 2018 10:00 a.m. CST|
|Career Fair Opens in Handshake for Regular Registration||November 5, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. CST|
|Career Fair Cancellation Deadline (No refunds after this date.)||January 4, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. CST|
|Best Expo Shipping Order Form Submission and Payment Deadline||January 24, 2019|
We offer employers the following booth accommodations which include lunch, electricity, wireless internet access, parking and shuttle services:
Standard Registration ($700)
Employers purchasing this option will have use of an 8’D x 8’W booth with piped drapes, one 6’x3’ table, and reservations for up to two representatives including lunch, beverages and afternoon snacks. Reservations for two additional representatives per table can be purchased for just $50 per person. Space restrictions require a hard limit of four representatives per table.
Two Table Option ($1400)
Employers purchasing this option will have the use of two adjoining 8’ x 8’ booths with piped drapes, two 6’x3’ tables, and reservations for 4 representatives including lunch, beverages and afternoon snacks . Reservations for 4 additional representatives per table can be purchased for just $50 per person. Space restrictions require a hard limit of four representatives per table.
Government & Non-Profit Registration ($350)*
*Discounted rate applies to one table only. Any additional tables will be charged Standard Registration rates. Employers purchasing this option will have use of an 8’D x 8’W booth with piped drapes, one 6’x3’ table, and reservations for up to two representatives including lunch, beverages and afternoon snacks . Reservations for two additional representatives per table can be purchased for just $50 per person. Space restrictions require a hard limit of four representatives per table.
Payment must be received before 5:00 p.m. CST on January 4, 2019.
After submitting your registration in Handshake @ Illinois, you will receive an email with a copy of your invoice with a link to pay by credit card. If paying by check, make check payable to University of Illinois and mail to:
Engineering Career Services
Attn: Career Fair
3270 Digital Computer Lab
1304 W. Springfield Ave.
Urbana, IL 61801
Cancellation & Refund
To receive a full refund, cancellation or reduction of registered representatives, notice must be made in writing via email to firstname.lastname@example.org before January 4, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. CST. Cancellations received after January 4, 2019 will not receive a refund nor will credit be assigned for transfer of registration fees for future events. There will be no refunds due to inclement weather, other acts of nature or circumstances that beyond our control.
Registrations not cancelled by January 4, 2019 5:00 CST and No Shows will be charged the full amount due. Day After Interview room requests not cancelled by 5:00 pm CST on Friday, January 18, 2019 will result in a fee of $100 per room.
Employers may substitute representatives attending the fair, but the total representatives present at a booth at one time should never exceed total amount registered.
Shipping Materials to the Career Fair
Advance shipping of your booth exhibit materials to the Best Expo Warehouse is required. Best Expo will handle inbound materials for the fair. Please download this form and make sure to read all instructions carefully.
We will schedule a FedEx Express (Note: Not FedEx Ground) pickup the morning after each day of the career fair. Recruiters must ensure that all materials have been boxed and securely sealed with properly completed labels attached, and delivered to assigned package drop off within the ARC. Return Shipping Labels should be completed with “Your Company Name, ARC, 201 E. Peabody Drive, Champaign, IL, 61820” in the “From” section of the address label.
We are not responsible for unlabeled or improperly labeled packages.
NOTE: Companies using carriers other than FedEx Express must make their own arrangements for return shipping by directly calling their carrier and receiving a confirmation and tracking number.
Day of Career Fair Display & Supply Drop Off
Upon arrival the morning of the fair, our student volunteers will be available to assist you with material drop off. For drop-off assistance, please go to the signed “Drop Off” area in front of the ARC, 201 E. Peabody Drive, Champaign, IL, 61820 .
Discount Accommodations have been secured in:
Illini Union – Discounted rate of $134 plus tax Queen or King. No charge for 2nd guest. $10 charge for 3rd and 4th guest. Please use Group Booking Code: ECS19 when registering online at http://union.illinois.edu/stay/illini-union-hotel. Click on “Book Now” located upper left of page. Fill in dates and other information. Click on the circle of the “Group Booking Code” and enter code. To make reservations by phone, call 217-333-1241 and give code.
I-Hotel – Discounted rate of $122 Deluxe King Room valid if booked through January 2, 2019 and available. Please use Group Booking Code Engineering Career Fair S2019 when registering online or call 217-819-5000.
The “Visit Champaign County” website (http://www.visitchampaigncounty.org) has detailed information related traveling in Champaign-Urbana, including information related to hotels/lodging, and restaurants to visit while on campus.
Parking & Shuttle Service
Complimentary parking for the career fair is provided for all recruiters in University of Illinois Lot E-14 (http://www.parking.illinois.edu/visitors/campus-maps/campus-parking-map/map1-4), located at the corner of First Street & Kirby Avenue in Champaign. Shuttle service is available to transport recruiters from Lot E-14to the ARC at no charge, and will run approximately every 10-15 minutes from 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., and by request throughout the day.
NOTE: We are not be responsible for tickets or tows received for improper parking. On-street metered parking is available at the rate of $1.00 per hour at the expense of the recruiter.
Day after Career Fair Interviews
Day after Career Fair Interviews
***Please note: We have reached maximum capacity for interview rooms and no reservations remain for January 31 and February 1.
****Requests for up to two interview rooms will be accepted in Handshake @ Illinois. Space is extremely limited and employers are encouraged to reserve space in the weeks following the career fair if at all possible. You will receive an email with logistical information, including room location, approximately two weeks prior to the career fair. All interview space requests must be made in Handshake @ Illinois (http://handshake.illinois.edu under the “Interviews” tab) no later than 5:00 PM CST on Friday, January 4, 2018. We will not honor space requests submitted past this deadline.
Interviews may begin at 8:30 a.m. (or later) and must conclude by 5:00 p.m. You may determine your own schedule between 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Please view interview schedule template here.
Please contact Katherine Darr at email@example.com with all questions or comments.
Career Fair Tips for Recruiters
Please understand that as visitors to our campus, you are expected to abide by university policies and procedures, including sexual harassment policies.
Before the Career Fair
- Take extra care to complete your registration form fully, accurately (avoid misspellings and typos). Information ultimately shared with students is populated directly from your online registration.
- Post your position(s) in our online recruitment system, Handshake @ Illinois, prior to the fair. Include a note inviting students to visit your booth at the fair.
- Please ensure that your representatives are well-informed and fully prepared to share information with students about your organization, as well as the positions for which you are recruiting, and your hiring timeline, procedures, and policies.
- Consider sending employees who are alumni of Engineering at Illinois; current students interning at your organization may also make effective recruiting team members.
- Take advantage of early set up times – often the best and most motivated students are the first in the door. You’ll want to be set up and ready to meet them as they arrive.
- Utilize social media to raise student awareness about your presence on campus.
During the Career Fair
- Appear eager for engagement. Students are more likely to approach booths where employers are standing in front of their table, warmly welcoming conversations with students.
- Pay attention to ribbons on student name badges to identify their majors.
- Wear a nametag. Alumni pins and major ribbons (available at career fair while they last) are also great conversation starters that facilitate your connection with students.
- Even if you don’t collect resumes, request student contact information to follow up after the career fair.
- Treating students respectfully and focusing on their needs can go a long way toward making a great impression and attracting the best and brightest candidates.
After the Career Fair
- Strike while the iron is hot! Reinforce your positive image by responding to all inquiries ASAP.
- Keep building your brand’s awareness by staying engaged throughout the semester. Return to campus and host information sessions, tech talks, on campus interviews, and participate in other recruiting events sponsored by ECS and Engineering at Illinois.
Ways to Get More Involved
There are many opportunities for recruiters to work with ECS to engage with students. Becoming an ECS Career Partner is one way, but other options include participating with events such as Walk-in Resume Reviews, Lunch & Learns, and various workshops. To learn more please contact Donna Shubert, Recruiting Coordinator, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone at (217) 333-1960.
Information Sessions and Tech Talks
Hosting a tech talk or workshop throughout the semester has proven to be the most effective way to build and increase your company’s brand awareness with our students.
Space requests to host an information session/tech talk at the Illini Union are requested via the following link: https://illiniunion.illinois.edu/EventServices/SubmitRequest.aspx. Additionally, many Engineering student organizations would be happy to work with you to host an information session for their members. Contact Engineering student societies directly at http://ec.illinois.edu/societies/. Once you have confirmed the date, time and location for your event, we encourage you to post the event on Handshake @ Illinois under the “Events” tab. By doing so, ECS can help promote your event through social media, electronic signage and departmental messages.
Graduate Student Networking Reception
Join us on January 29, 2019 at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications Atrium from 6:30 to 8 pm. This is an informal networking event, only available to companies attending the Illinois Engineering Spring Career Fair, with engineering graduate students from all 12 of the Engineering Departments, including professional master’s, master’s with thesis, and doctoral students. This event is a way for graduate students to learn more about opportunities at the different companies in an informal setting. There will be no exchange of resumes. Companies will receive a list of the students in attendance with their program information and email address. For additional information and to register for this event visit https://go.illinois.edu/Grad_Student. Fee of $25.00 per person to attend.
Welcome back to campus, Engineering at Illinois alumni! We look forward to connecting with you at the Engineering Career Fair on January 30-31. Be sure to stop by our table in MP6 at the ARC between 11:00a and 1:00p and grab your Alumni Button. See you soon!
Engineering at Illinois Office of Advancement
email@example.com or 217-244-2364
ECS Career Partner Program
The ECS Career Partner Program is a unique opportunity for companies seeking to strengthen relationships with students, to support our efforts in preparing students for successful careers, and to expand your company brand on campus.
For additional information on becoming an ECS Career Partner click here or contact Donna Shubert at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 217-333-1960.
Student information for career fairs can be found here.
For more information on employer resources click here.
Please contact Donna Shubert, Recruiting Coordinator with questions.
Phone: (217) 333-1960