The Career Development Center hosts two career fairs each year, one in October and one in January. These are one-day events to connect job seekers with employers.
All Caltech undergraduates, graduate students, postdoctoral scholars (including JPL postdocs), and alumni are invited to participate. Juniors and seniors, are especially encouraged to attend!
Career Fairs are the best opportunity to make connections with recruiters who make hiring decisions. Many firms have summer internships that are a first step to employment in the firm. This is a unique opportunity for you to speak with recruiters face to face and ask questions about their companies and the positions they have available. Come impress the recruiters with your intelligence, experience and inquisitiveness!
Save the Date!
Virtual Career Fair
January 29, 2021 – 10am to 3pm PST
The Career Development Center is happy to announce that the next virtual career fair will be held on January 29, 2021. We are once again teaming up with Harvey Mudd College (HMC), and including all STEM roles during this one-day event. This partnership with HMC will benefit both campuses by having a wider variety of employers recruiting at the fair.
Please review the info below and join us for the upcoming virtual career fair! Also, don't forget to check out company and grad school info sessions posted on Handshake!
*If you have trouble viewing the Career Fair event on Handshake, you can access it via this direct link. Please note that the link is just for information/research. Registration is being handled through the link sent to all students and postdocs in our weekly email.
Winter 2021 Career Fair
January 29, 2021 - 10am to 3pm PST
Fall 2021 Career Fair
Brazen is the platform we are using for our upcoming Virtual Career Fair co-hosted with Harvey Mudd. This is the same platform that was used for our last fall virtual career fair.
Brazen has a robust system that offers video, audio and text-based chats that will allow you to connect with employers.
- Expand your knowledge about career options
- Explore different fields and career paths
- Get work experience in the form of summer internships
- Meet and talk to representatives from a wide range of industries
- Gain valuable interview experience and job search advice from seasoned professionals
- Find out about available positions and submit your resume to company recruiters
- Develop your network of contacts
- Many companies will also have a technical staff member, researcher or scientist participate (some may be CIT alums), affording students the opportunity to gain insight into company-related research endeavors
The Brazen registration form for the career fair will be emailed to all students and postdocs via directory emails, and to alums via the Alumni Association.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at email@example.com.
We suggest you still register for the career fairs even if you are unable to attend the live event on January 29th, or have a limited window of time to participate!
You can enter employer booths before and during the event to send a message to the company and be connected with a recruiter via email at a later time. You will see the "LEAVE A NOTE" option above the list of the company representatives in their booth. This feature (if enabled by the employer) is available before and during the event, but not after.
Another benefit to registering is that your resume (if you give permission) will be made available to all companies/organizations attending the career fair and other companies that couldn't make it this year.
Please register for a Brazen account using your Caltech email address and fill out the registration form which will require you to upload your resume during the registration process. If you don't have an updated resume, please upload your most recent resume and you can replace it later (at least two days before the event.)
If you have an existing Brazen account (connected to your Caltech email address), please log in using your email address and password; and you will be asked to verify your information and may be required to submit an updated resume.
For any registration and login related questions please visit support.brazenconnect.com or email their direct support line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To help the support team troubleshoot and provide a solution for you, please communicate the issue as specifically as you can, include a screenshot if possible. The more details the better!
Please note this event is only open to students, postdocs and alumni from Caltech, Harvey Mudd College and the Claremont Colleges registering using a school email address (g.hmc.edu, hmc.edu, pomona.edu, cmc.edu, pitzer.edu, scrippscollege.edu, cgu.edu, kgi.edu or caltech.edu).
If you no longer have access to your Caltech email address, please contact us for support!
Before the event begins:
- Complete the registration as required
- Update your resume and upload it to your Brazen registration account at least two days before the live event
- Make sure your LinkedIn profile is complete and accurately describes your skills and experience. Add your LinkedIn profile to your Brazen account so recruiters can pull that up when they are chatting with you
- Research the companies you want to speak with, and review job descriptions for each position you want to apply for
- Prepare a short introduction (an "elevator pitch") targeted at each company that you can use when you first connect to a representative
- Prepare 2-3 questions to ask each interviewer
- Check your social media accounts and make sure your online presence is up-to-date and professional
- Prepare a folder of information (paper or electronic) that you can refer to during the interviews; include your resume, answers to interview questions, questions you want to ask, and company research
- Find a quiet space where you can focus on the interviews
- Make sure your background and attire are appropriate for the event
- Make sure your computer, microphone (if needed) and other equipment are working
- All connections with employers will begin as text chats, so you may want to prepare a text document with information that you can easily (and quickly) copy and paste into the text chat field
During the Event
- Take note of the company you are connected with!
- Type accurately and have spellcheck on; review what you write before pressing send/enter
- Use formal language – don't be too casual; stay away from typical text abbreviations (e.g. don't use "u" instead of "you")
- Keep your answers short; long blocks of text can be overwhelming to the reader. Use paragraphs to break up blocks of text
- Choose your words with care; have your resume ready as well as scripts that you can copy and paste from (e.g. your elevator pitch)
- Answer one question at a time and only include the relevant information asked for
- Avoid redundancy; do not repeat information
- Be polite and avoid trying to be funny; humor, such as sarcasm, is hard to communicate through text chats
Yes! Handshake has some great articles to help you prepare. While some of the information describes virtual career fairs through Handshake, you'll find that most of it is relevant for attending virtual career fairs on any platform. Here are links that can help you prepare:
"Elevator Pitch" (includes examples) - https://learn.joinhandshake.com/students/college-student-elevator-pitch/
10 Tips for Attending a Virtual Career Fair - https://learn.joinhandshake.com/students/attending-a-virtual-career-fair-here-are-10-tips-you-need-to-know/
How to Prepare Questions for Recruiters - https://learn.joinhandshake.com/students/how-to-prepare-questions-for-virtual-career-fairs-with-examples/
You can also refer to our recorded workshops that cover topics like resumes, preparing for the virtual career fair, and preparing for virtual interviews! Links to these are found on our Virtual Office page!
Yes! Our office will have a booth at both career fairs. Look for the Caltech Career Services Booth to chat with a staff member for any last-minute questions, or even if you just want to say hello and test out your technical equipment before you start connecting with employers.
We're excited about a few improvements to our upcoming career fair on Brazen!
- Booth Activity Analytics - Brazen has improved their platform to display your spot in the queue, the total number of people waiting to speak with representatives, and the average chat times.
The Career Services Team will also add the following information to each virtual booth preview tile in the "Event Lobby":
- Job types (e.g. full-time, internships) the company is recruiting to fill.
- The years of study eligible for roles at the company will also be displayed by means of small colored boxes on the preview tile of their virtual booth. This will allow you to quickly find the companies that have positions you are eligible for based on your year of study. Here's a reference guide for the colored boxes.
Here's a sample of what the virtual booth preview tiles will look like:
Employers Attending the January 29, 2021 STEM Career Fair
|Bionaut Labs||Biotech & Life Sciences||https://www.bionautlabs.com/|
|Cadence Design Systems||Electronic & Computer Hardware||http://www.cadence.com|
|City of Hope||Healthcare||http://www.cityofhope.org|
|Cornerstone OnDemand||Internet & Software||http://www.cornerstoneondemand.com/|
|CrowdStrike, Inc.||Internet & Software||http://www.crowdstrike.com|
|Efficient Power Conversion Corporation||Electronic & Computer Hardware||https://epc-co.com|
|Electromagnetic Systems, Inc.||Research||http://www.emagsys.com|
|Epic||Internet & Software||http://www.careers.epic.com|
|Esri||Internet & Software||http://www.esri.com/careers|
|FormFactor, Inc.||Electronic & Computer Hardware||https://www.formfactor.com/company/careers/career-opportunities/|
|Georg Fischer Piping Systems, LLC||Manufacturing - Other||http://www.georgfischer.com|
|Gilead Sciences||Biotech & Life Sciences||http://www.gilead.com|
|Green Hills Software||Computer Networking||http://www.ghs.com|
|GTS||Investment / Portfolio Management||http://www.gtsx.com|
|Guidewire Software||Internet & Software||http://www.guidewire.com|
|Heavy Iron Studios, Inc.||Internet & Software||http://www.heavy-iron.com/|
|Heliogen||Utilities and Renewable Energy||http://www.heliogen.com|
|Higher Ground LLC||Telecommunications||http://www.higherground.earth|
|HRL Laboratories, LLC||Research||http://www.hrl.com|
|Institute for Defense Analyses||Defense||https://www.ida.org|
|Iris Technology, Corporation||Aerospace||https://www.iristechnology.com/|
|Jane Street||Investment / Portfolio Management||https://www.janestreet.com/join-jane-street/info-booth/|
|Keck Graduate Institute||Higher Education||http://www.kgi.edu|
|KLA Corporation||Manufacturing - Other||https://careers.kla.com/|
|Lam Research Corporation||Manufacturing - Other||http://lamresearch.com|
|Meso Scale Diagnostics||Biotech & Life Sciences||http://www.mesoscale.com/careers|
|Miso Robotics||Internet & Software||http://www.misorobotics.com|
|Molecular Instruments, Inc.||Biotech & Life Sciences||http://www.molecularinstruments.com|
|Naval Research Laboratory||Defense||http://www.nrl.navy.mil/|
|Omniscience||Internet & Software||http://www.omni.sc|
|Pacific Northwest National Laboratory||Research||http://www.pnnl.gov|
|Panasonic Energy of North America||Manufacturing - Other||http://www.panasonicnv.com|
|Peace Corps||International Affairs||http://www.peacecorps.gov|
|Project N||Internet & Software||https://www.projectn.co/|
|Pure Storage||Internet & Software||http://www.purestorage.com|
|Qualia||Internet & Software||https://www.qualia.com/|
|Qumulo||Internet & Software||http://qumulo.com/|
|Rapid7||Internet & Software||https://www.rapid7.com|
|Sandia National Laboratories||Research||http://www.sandia.gov/careers|
|Singular Genomics||Biotech & Life Sciences||http://singulargenomics.com/|
|Southern California Gas Company||Oil & Gas||http://socalgas.com|
|Spatial Genomics||Biotech & Life Sciences||http://www.seqfish.com|
|Supplyframe||Internet & Software||http://www.supplyframe.com|
|The Estee Lauder Companies, Inc.||CPG - Consumer Packaged Goods||https://www.elcompanies.com|
|TuSimple||Internet & Software||http://tusimple.ai/|
|Veeva Systems||Internet & Software||http://www.veeva.com|
How to Get the Most Out of Attending a Career Fair
Career fairs provide a great opportunity to network with employers and learn about potential jobs and internships. The Caltech Career Development Center holds career fairs on campus every fall and winter. You should also be on the lookout for other industry specific fairs in the Los Angeles or other metro areas that you want to relocate to. Industry blogs are one source of these events.
- Research! Find out which employers will be attending, who is hiring and what they are hiring for.
- Dress appropriately.
- Bring multiple copies of your resume (applies to in-person career fairs.)
- Create your elevator pitch.
- Navigate strategically. Determine which employers you most want to speak with and go there first.
- Meet employers with a smile, and make eye contact. Ask for their contact information at the end of your conversation, and take notes about anything you have learned.
- Send thank-you notes to the recruiters of the companies you were most interested in within a few days.
- Continue informational interviewing, while also checking job and internship listings.
- Visit the Career Development Center with any questions.
If you are interested in careers outside of academia, the Career Fair is a great way to learn more about your options (at any point in your graduate training.)
It is never too early to start networking with employers. Even if you are not looking for employment at this time, you can still ask recruiters questions about the company, learn tips about their hiring process, find out about their employment opportunities and benefits, and get a sense if such positions are appealing to you. You have spent many years on your graduate education and the more exploring you do, the easier it will be to find something that suits your skills and interests.
You can also use this opportunity to ask about internships. Please confer with your option/division/research advisor to determine if it is possible to take time off (in the summer or academic year) during your graduate work in order to accept an internship.