Students / Postdocs / Alumni
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 talk 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!
Fall 2020 Virtual Career Fair
October 1, 2020 – 10am to 3pm: Software Engineering and Data Science
Current list of Employers (as of September 30, 2020)
October 8, 2020 – 10am to 3pm: STEM
The Career Development Center is happy to announce that the Fall 2020 Career Fair will be virtual!
This year, we are teaming up with Harvey Mudd College (HMC) and splitting the fair into two separate events. The first part of the fair will be held on October 1st for software engineering and data science roles. The second part of the fair will be on October 8th for all other STEM related fields and roles.
We are excited about our partnership with HMC, as both campuses will benefit from having a wider variety of employers recruiting at the fair. This joint effort will be an incredible opportunity for employers to seek top talent from Caltech, HMC, and The Claremont Colleges. In turn, students from these schools can take advantage of opportunities offered by familiar and NEW employers/organizations.
Please review the info below and join us for the fall virtual career fair events!
Fall 2020 Career Fair
October 1, 2020 – 10am to 3pm: Software Engineering and Data Science
October 8, 2020 – 10am to 3pm: STEM
Winter 2021 Career Fair
Brazen is the platform we are using for our Fall Virtual Career Fairs co-hosted with Harvey Mudd: Software Engineering and Data Science, and STEM on October 1st and 8th (respectively.)
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 forms for the career fair were emailed to all students and postdocs via directory emails, and to alums via the Alumni Association.
If you did not receive them, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We suggest you still register for the career fairs even if you are unable to attend the live events on October 1st & 8th, 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 school 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 a 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.
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 (email@example.com.)
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 Development Center 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.
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.