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Virtual Career Showcase Tips 2021

Eller PDC Coordinator Coach's Corner, PDC Events

Getting ready to attend the Virtual Career Showcase Tues, Feb 9, 11am-3pm? Make sure you are prepared before, during, and after Showcase with these tips.

BEFORE Tuesday:

Register for the Fair in Handshake (leading up to and during the fair)

  1. Update your Handshake Profile and Upload your resume.
    Be sure the info below is accurate (some will be auto-filled thru UAccess):

    • Grad Year, School Year, Major, Work Auth, GPA
  2. Sign up for 30 minute Group Session or 10 minute one-on-one session in advance to ensure your spot – if an employer doesn’t have sessions available now it may mean that they are full or that they haven’t scheduled sessions yet. Additional spots may be added the day of the event, follow the employer to see updates. If you sign up for a spot you are committed to joining at that time.
  3. Now that you are signed up, get ready to connect
    • Do Your Research
      Asking thoughtful questions about specific roles or the company itself will help you stand out and show your interest in applying.
    • Know Yourself
      Practice your elevator pitch beforehand to ensure that you always begin every conversation with a great first impression.
    • Dress for Success
      Set out your appropriate interview attire (business professional attire) and plan out your spot with a clean background (virtual backgrounds won’t work in this system), in a quiet environment.


Eller Professional Development Center is hosting Virtual Drop-In with PDA’s 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. We can help with last-minute questions, resume checks, and give you a chance to practice your elevator pitch. Additionally, a student zoom room will be available from 10am-3pm to address specific career fair questions:

  1. Arrive Prepared
    • Test technology:
    • Before your 1-on-1 session:
      • Message the employer with your resume or a link to your LinkedIn/Handshake profile. However employers should be able to access as well.
    • Join your session:
      • Click “Your Sessions” or “Show open sessions” to sign up for any open spots.
      • Click “Launch Video” button (and check your audio/video settings) – This is an EXTRA button to join. When you see yourself in the video, you still need to click the “join” button.
      • You may join your session up to 5 minutes before the scheduled time.
      • Be on time. Group session lock out participants after the first 10 minutes.
      • You will be muted when you first join, so don’t forget to unmute before you introduce yourself.
      • 1-on-1 sessions have a 1-minute warning before your time is up.
  2. Take Notes
    Be sure you record important interview dates and application deadlines that you should know going forward.
  3. Network
    If you have extra time, join in an information session with a company you don’t know much about — you might be surprised what you learn!


  1. Relax — you survived!
    You should be proud of making time
  2. Say Thank You
    Be sure to thank employers for their time after every introduction and ask about the next steps in the application process.
  3. Follow-Up
    Reach out to any employers you met and thank them again for speaking with you. Showing this kind of initiative can help you stand out from the crowd.