Engineering ECS Career Fairs
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 Career Services hosts over 200 companies with over 3,500 students in attendance at our spring fairs and over 500 companies and 7000 students at our fall fairs. One of the many reasons why you should attend the ECS Engineering Career Fair and connect with top talent at Illinois.
Engineering Fall 2017 ECS Career Fair
Tuesday & Wednesday, September 12 & 13, 2017
Registration now open!
You may access the online registration form here.
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Please email email@example.com or call 217-333-1960 with any questions.
Engineering Career Services hosts the largest fall engineering career fair in the State of Illinois with over 7000 students and 400 companies attending to connect with talent at Illinois. The world’s top companies are drawn to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign because of its global reputation for leadership in engineering research and education. The Illinois environment couples the best and brightest people with a unique culture of collaboration and innovation – one that offers employers an opportunity to hire interns and fulltime employees with the highest caliber in terms of skills, knowledge, and abilities. Engineering Career Services (ECS) has a long-standing reputation for delivering polished, professional services for employers seeking to hire our students.
Career Fair Location
Engineering ECS Fall 2017 ECS Career Fair will take place at:
Activities and Recreation Center (ARC)
201 East Peabody Drive
Champaign, IL 61820
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Career Fair Schedule (September 12th & 13th)
|10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.||Shuttle Service from E-14 to ARC
(Shuttle runs every 10 – 15 minutes)
|10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.||Arrival and Set – Up|
|11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.||Lunch: Room MP6
|12:00 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 beginning 5:30 p.m.)
Shuttle service is on call throughout the day from the ARC to E14.
The Engineering Career Fair Team
Deon Robin, Assistant Director
Donna Shubert, Recruiting Coordinator
Phone: (217) 333-1960
Registration Dates & Deadlines
Registration opens May 15, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. CST.
ECS Career Partners and Corporate Connection Partners are allotted two weeks to confirm career fair registration. Registration must be received by May 31, 2017 by 5:00 p.m. CST.
All participating employers will register using Handshake. ECS Career Fair fills quickly (as early as 48 hours after registration opens). Registration will close when fair is full; additional registrations will be placed on a waitlist.
NOTE: Registration requests will be confirmed in Handshake only after payment has been received. See “Payment” below.
|Career Partner and Corporate Connection Partner Registration Deadline||May 31, 2017 5:00 p.m. CST|
|Career Fair Cancellation Deadline (No refunds after this date.)||July 14, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. CST|
|Interview Room Cancellation Deadline (No refunds after this date.)||August 18, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. CST|
|Pre-printed Representative Name Badge Deadline|
(Handwritten Badges Available at the Fair)
|September 1, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. CST|
ECS offers employers the following booth accommodations which include lunch, electricity, wireless internet access, parking and shuttle services:
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. 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. *
Employers in this category can take advantage of an 8’D x 8’W booth with piped drapes, one 6’x3’ table, and reservations for up to two representatives. A second table and/or an additional day may be purchased at the standard rate of $650. 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.*
This package provides offers an exclusive booth space to build your company’s brand while engaging with students. Employers purchasing this option will enjoy the use of four 6’x3’ tables to accommodate up to 16 representatives. Reservation requests for up to four additional representatives can be purchased for a cost of $50 per person with a limit of 20 total representatives per Deluxe Booth.*
*Please note our Day of Career Fair Additional Representatives Policy
Day of Career Fair Additional Representatives Policy
Companies can register additional representatives until 5:00 P.M. CST on September 8, 2017 (please note name badges will not be provided for representatives who are registered after September 1, 2017). Companies with additional “walk-ins” representatives attending the career fair that did not register prior deadline will be charged $200 per representative.
Payment must be received before 5:00 p.m. CST on July 14, 2017.
Upon submitting your registration in Handshake, you will need to submit payment either by credit card or by mailing your check, payable to University of Illinois. Mail checks to:
Engineering Career Services
Attn: Career Fair
3270 Digital Computer Lab
1304 W. Springfield Ave.
Urbana, IL 61801
Credit card payment information is included on invoice.
Registrations that have not been paid in full by 5:00 p.m. CST on July 14, 2017 will be canceled and reassigned to employers on the waitlist.
Cancellation & Refund
To receive a full refund, cancellation or reduction of registered representatives must be made in writing via email to firstname.lastname@example.org before July 14th at 5:00 p.m. CST. Cancellations received after July 14th will not receive any refund or credit for future events. There will be no refunds due to inclement weather, other acts of nature or circumstances beyond our control.
Employers may substitute representatives attending the fair, however pre-printed name badges will be provided only for representatives registered before 5:00 p.m. CST on September 1, 2017.
Shipping Materials to the Career Fair
Best Expo handles the inbound career fair materials for the fair. Their team will receive, store and deliver your materials to your designated booth location at the career fair on the day of your attendance. Please click here to download shipping registration form. Contact Best Expo at (217) 899-1321 or email@example.com with questions.
NOTE: Packages shipped directly to Engineering Career Services (ECS) office or Activities and Recreation Center (ARC) will not be accepted.
Engineering Career Services will schedule a FedEx Express pickup at the end of each day of career fair. Recruiters must ensure that all materials have been boxed and securely sealed with properly completed labels attached, and delivered to the main lobby of ARC. ECS is not responsible for unlabeled or improperly labeled packages.
NOTE: Companies using carriers other than FedEx Express must make their own arrangements for return shipping.
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 Activities and Recreation Center (ARC) 201 E Peabody Dr. Champaign, IL 61820.
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.
Parking & Shuttle Service
Complimentary parking for the career fair is provided for all recruiters in University of Illinois Lot E-14, located at the corner of First Street and St. Mary’s Road in Champaign. Shuttle service is available to transport recruiters from Lot E-14 to the ARC at no charge, and will run approximately every 10-15 minutes with mid-day service from 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., evening service from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., and by request throughout the day.
NOTE: Engineering Career Services will 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
Requests for day after career fair interview room(s) is included in your career fair registration. Approximately two weeks prior to the career fair you’ll receive an email with logistic information including room location.
Employers interested in scheduling interviews immediately following the career fair (September 13th, 14, & 15th) may request 2 complimentary rooms per company. Employers may request up to 2 additional rooms at $50 per room. Rooms must be reserved by August 18, 2017 at 5:00 P.M. CST.
NOTE: Interviews conducted after September 15th will not incur a charge.
Rooms include 1 table and 2 chairs. There are very limited rooms with white-boards. If your organization requires access to white-boards to conduct interviews, please be sure to indicate during registration.
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.
Career Fair Tips for Recruiters
- 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, 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. Remember to tag Engineering Career Services on Facebook or Twitter (@ecsillinois) with details about upcoming info sessions, your booth location at the ECS Career Fair, special events and your interview plans. #ECSCareerFair #HireIlliniEng
- 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.
- 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 Deon Robin, Assistant Director for Employer Engagement, 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: http://union.illinois.edu/plan-an-event/event-services/space-request-forms (click the “Illini Union Online Space Request Form” link). 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 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
This is an informal networking event 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 student to learn more about opportunities at the different companies in an informal setting. There will be no exchange of resumes at this event. Companies will receive a list of the students in attendance with their program information and email address. This event is only for employers who attend Engineering Fall 2017 ECS Career Fair. Registration for this event is an available option when registering for Engineering Fall 2017 ECS Career Fair.
Cost: $25.00 per person
Location: Yeh Center 205 N Mathews Ave, Urbana, IL 61801
Date: Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Time: 6:30 to 8:00 PM
Attendees are responsible for parking. Parking maybe available on Mathews Ave and at B4 Parking Garage located at 1201 W University Ave, Urbana, IL 61801
ECS Career Partner Program
The ECS Career Partner Program is a unique opportunity for companies seeking to strengthen your relationships with students, to support ECS efforts in preparing students for a successful career, and to expand your presence on campus.
For additional information on becoming an ECS Career Partner click here or contact Deon Robin at email@example.com or at 217-333-1960.
Additional Fall 2017 Career Fairs & Events
- Engineering Employment Expo: September 25 & 26
- Civil Engineering Fair: September 27 & 28
- ACM Reflections/Projections: September 29 Job Fair – October 1 Startup Fair