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Virtual Career Fair FAQs

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January 13, 2022

The Samuel Ginn College of Engineering will host three career fairs in two modalities for the Spring 2022 semester. The information below pertains to the VIRTUAL career fair. For more information about how to access the virtual fair, check out the Step-by-Step Guide to Access the Virtual Career Fair >>

Frequently Asked Questions

HOW DO I ACCESS THE CAREER FAIR+ PLATFORM?

Sign up for Career Fair+ at CareerFairPlus.com or by downloading the app in the App Store or Google Play Store. You can launch your account and schedule employer meetings in a browser on your laptop/desktop or on the mobile app. Career Coaches strongly encourage attending employer meetings on the day of the fair on a desktop or laptop computer.

THE CF+ PROFILE REQUIRES ME TO ENTER MY GPA. WHAT IF I AM A FRESHMAN OR TRANSFER STUDENT WITHOUT AN AUBURN GPA YET? 

Freshmen: If you have not yet completed a semester at Auburn, you do not have an Auburn GPA. Use your high school GPA as it will match the GPA shown on your resume and is the best current representation of your academic performance.

Transfer Students: If you have not completed a semester at Auburn yet, you do not have an Auburn GPA. Use the cumulative GPA from your previous institution as it will match the GPA shown on your resume and is the best current representation of your academic performance.

WHEN CAN I SCHEDULE MEETINGS WITH EMPLOYERS?

The meeting reservation window opens on February 15 and remains open through the day of the fair on February 24. You can continue to reserve employer meetings through the day of the event, although some employer schedules will fill quickly!

Meeting Reservation Tips!

  • Make sure to enter your first and last name when securing a meeting reservation.
  • Make sure the most recent version of your resume is uploaded on your CF+ profile in a .pdf format. Save your resume with your name in the title - i.e. "Aubie.Anderson.2020" - rather than a generic file name such as "Resume.2020."
  • Make sure to record your scheduled meeting times and add them to your calendar.
  • If an employer schedule appears unavailable, keep checking back for the employer to add available meeting times.
  • If an employer schedule is FULL, keep checking back as some employers will add another recruiter and open more meeting times.
I ONLY WANT TO EXPLORE THE FAIR AND AM NOT READY FOR A ONE-ON-ONE MEETING WITH A RECRUITER. SHOULD I STILL ATTEND?

Yes! Career coaches encourage you to attend the In-Person College of Engineering Career Fair on February 15-16 or the Civil + Environmental ASCE and Biosystems ASABE Career Fair on February 9. The in-person modality of those fairs will be most conducive to exploring a career fair environment.

Additionally, in the virtual setting some employers will make Group Rooms available for students to attend on a drop-in basis within a specific window of time. This is a great way to explore companies and drop-in to learn more about them! If offered, you'll find the Group Rooms when you select a company under the "View Meetings" button. They typically appear below the one-on-one meetings schedules.

Even if you plan to attend a Group Room, make sure to check out the company's website first and learn a little about them so you have a good frame of reference for the information and can prepare a couple questions you'd like to ask.

AN EMPLOYER I WANT TO MEET WITH IMPLEMENTED PRE-REQUISITES IN ORDER TO SCHEDULE WITH THEM. WHAT IF I DON'T MEET THE PRE-REQUISITE?

Employers can indicate pre-requisites based on attributes in student profiles. Pre-requisites typically include attributes such as

  • Major
  • GPA
  • Graduation Date or School Year

Sometimes, meeting pre-requisites help you understand the candidates an employer is currently seeking and determine how to best spend your time at the fair.  In other cases, meeting pre-requisites may present a unique situation where employers would benefit from broadening the scope of their attribute selection. If you have questions about an employer you'd like to meet with and you do not fulfill their meeting reservation pre-requisites, contact a Career Coach in the Office of Career Development and Corporate Relations.

HOW CAN I FIND EMPLOYERS BASED ON OPPORTUNITY TYPES OR REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS?

The CareerFair+ platform allows you to search employers with the following filters

  • Majors  |  Select your AU major and any related majors (i.e. Biosystems and Civil + Environmental Engineering)
  • Positions  |  Co-op, Full-time, Internship
  • Degrees  |  Undergraduate, Masters, PhD
  • Work Authorization Required  |  Yes, No
  • Hire OPT / CPT  |  Yes, No

Keep in mind if an employer chose not to indicate a specific major or another filter type - they will not appear in a results list when using filter selections. Consider reviewing the full list of employers for your consideration.


AS AN INTERNATIONAL STUDENT, WHICH EMPLOYERS SHOULD I SCHEDULE MEETINGS WITH? 

There are two ways to view employer work authorization categories.

FILTERS  |  See the following categories under filters

  • Work Auth Required  |  Yes, No
  • Hire OPT / CPT  |  Yes, No

EMPLOYER PAGES

Each employer's description page includes answers to the following two questions

  • Do the positions you are recruiting for require US work authorization?
  • Do you hire candidates using OPT / CPT work authorization?

Work authorization requirements are not used as pre-requisites to schedule meetings. However, please note an employers work authorization requirements based on information above when making decisions about scheduling employer meetings. If you have questions about strategies for identifying companies or speaking with recruiters about work authorization status, please contact an Engineering Career Coach and consider attending the "International Students and the Job Search" workshop series.

HOW DO I PREPARE FOR MY EMPLOYER MEETINGS?
  1. Research each company and prepare questions based on your research.  Brainstorm your questions with these articles: Indeed.com and TheMuse.com
  2. Attach your most updated resume to your CF+ profile in a .pdf format. Save your resume with your name in the title - i.e. "Aubie.Anderson.2020" - rather than a generic file name such as "Resume.2020."
  3. Prepare and practice your 1 minute personal introduction
  4. Plan to dress for success. Access the AU Career Closet in Mary Martin Hall by scheduling an appointment in Handshake.
  5. If you'd like assistance with your preparation, schedule an appointment with an Engineering Career Coach.
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I HAVE TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES DURING THE FAIR?

Contact the Event Help Desk accessible on Zoom. You can find it by clicking "Event Info" in Career Fair Plus > Help Desk. Alternately, you will also have a recent email from the Career Center with the Help Desk zoom URL.

If you face technical difficulties during your scheduled employer meeting, the employer will call you at the phone number listed in your profile. Keep your phone handy!

HOW EARLY SHOULD I ARRIVE TO MY SCHEDULED EMPLOYER MEETINGS?

On the day of the event, log into your account at CAREERFAIRPLUS.COM. Locate the employer you are scheduled to meet with and enter the meeting about 3 minutes before your scheduled time. Make sure your video is on. "Knock" to let the recruiter know you are waiting. The recruiter will see a preview of your camera - and let you in or ask you to wait until they're ready for you.

WHERE SHOULD I CONDUCT MY EMPLOYER MEETINGS? 

Career Coaches strongly encourage attending employer meetings on a desktop or laptop computer in a quiet space without distractions. You can reserve one-person occupancy rooms in Brown-Kopel Engineering Student Center:

  • Reserve an interview room in the Engineering CDCR, Brown Kopel Suite 1133  I  Contact Jerry Van Tuyl at jrv0015@auburn.edu. Technology equipment available for use.
  • Reserve a study room in Brown Kopel  I  Scan the QR code located near the room number plate of each room OR complete a reservation form.

If you will be conducting your meetings elsewhere, make sure to

  • Eliminate background noises as much as possible
  • Turn off any ceiling fans or anything in your background with moving parts
  • Make sure you have appropriate lighting in the room
  • Be mindful of what is visible behind you. Aim for subdued or simplistic backgrounds such as a blank painted wall, poster, or piece of artwork. If you have a poster or piece of artwork in the background, make sure it is appropriate for a professional setting.

 

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