Career Fair Tips

We are excited that you're planning to attend the Grainger Engineering In-Person Career Fair!
Companies are looking for students to fill internships, co-ops, and full-time positions at these fairs.
One-third of our on-campus interviews happen days after these events, so this is something you don’t want to miss!


Career Fair Student Check-In Process

  1. Enter the South Lounge Student Check-in area from the East Door.
  2. Proceed to the next available student Check-in QR code
  3. Scan the student Check-in QR code and enter your netID to check in to the Engineering Career Fair
  4. Show the screen proof of successful check-in to the career fair staff to receive a wristband.
  5. Place the wristband on your wrist and discard waste tabs in the trash.
  6. Scan a map QR code and exit the South Lounge through the west doors


Please Note:

  • Student Check-in starts at 1:00 PM and ends at 4:45 PM.
  • Name tags will NOT be offered onsite on the days of Engineering Career Fairs.
  • Show your wristband at the resource table when entering employer booth areas.
  • Wristbands allow access to all employer booth locations for that single day only.
  • There is no pre-registration for the event.
  • Each day has a different colored wristband. You must complete the check-in process onsite at the Illini Union on each day.
  • You may hang your coat or leave bags in the South Lounge at your own risk. ECS is not responsible for unattended bags.


Top 5 Career Fair Tips








  1. Review the Employer List & Pick Your Top 10
  2. Research, Research, Research!
    • Download Handshake APP
    • Visit the employer's website to learn about their services, locations, and leaders.
    • Visit Handshake to look for employers' open positions & find out what skills they are seeking.
    • Visit the employers' social media channels to find out about recent updates and events.
  3. Know Your Strengths and Prove Them With Your Experiences
    Use your elevator pitch to summarize your top three strengths (a mix of technical and interpersonal skills) and share a couple of experiences (including class projects, projects, and non-engineering jobs)  as examples of those strengths.
  4. Ask About the Interview Timeline
    Ask the recruiter when they plan to contact students for interviews following the career fair. Knowing the employer's timeline will help you determine when it is time to follow up or when it is time to move on.
  5. Save Recruiters' Contact Info and Keep in Touch
    Remember to write down the names of the recruiters you meet. You can then connect with and follow them on LinkedIn. You can also reach out to them next semester if you are still interested and available. Watch ECS' short video on how to make following up less awkward.