EmplOYERS 

october 13, 2021  |11am – 4pm |  Virtual Via handshake

The WestPACS Virtual Collegiate Career Fair offers employers and graduate schools with entry-level, internship, co-ops and graduate programs an opportunity to meet virtually with alumni, graduating students and underclassmen from more than 50 colleges and universities in Western Pennsylvania and surrounding regions. Candidates must be current students or graduates of a college or university granting associates, bachelors and/or graduate degrees.

During the job fair all recruiters will be able to connect with candidates virtually via video chat or phone. There’s also the option to meet with candidates one-on-one or in groups. Group sessions last for 30 minutes and allow for up to 50 candidates at one time. 

If you really want to stand out from the crowd, consider becoming a sponsorSponsors receive improved visibility at the fair and on WestPACS marketing materials.

What to expect from a virtual Fair

Virtual career fairs are online ‘events’ that allow employers and students to meet in virtual environments such as through voice calls or video chat rooms, and offer a number of advantages to both students and employers! Employers enjoy lower recruiting costs through the ability to virtually screen quality candidates, receive electronic resumes and save time and costs associated with traveling to participate in on-site events.


We will be working with Handshake to host our upcoming virtual career fair, to create an intuitive, user-friendly experience for students and employers. If you do not already have an employer account in Handshake, you will need to create one at joinhandshake.com and Here’s how!


When registering your recruiters for this event, we recommend starting out with just a few recruiters, 1 – 3 recruiters is a good starting point! This may mean scaling down from the typical number of recruiters that would have attended an in-person fair, but it ensures that your recruiters’ time is used effectively. Don’t worry – you will be able to add on extra recruiters once the initial recruiter schedules fill up; it couldn’t be easier!

 

After you register, we will follow-up with more detailed instructions on how to use Handshake and setup your session schedules.

 

Registration PAckages

Deadline for Employers to Register: October 1, 2021
*REGISTRATION FEES HAVE CHANGED! Please review our new prices.

Early Bird Standard Registration - $225

*Registration fee increases to $250 after 5pm on August 31

What is included in the Standard Registration Package:

  • Access to our Virtual Fair App where networking with take place between candidates and employers
  • Complimentary Video Chat option available within the app
  • Unlimited recruiter schedules available in the app
    NOTE:  On average, employers have the opportunity meet with 10 candidates per hour per recruiter schedule. We recommend starting with
    no more than 1 -3 schedules and we will add more schedules at your request once schedules begin to reach capacity.
  • Support for how to utilize the app before and during the event
  • Specific instructions will be provided on how to setup schedules and use the Virtual Fair App
  • Opportunity to attend an Employer Q & A Session in the weeks leading up to the Fair 
Non-profit and government agency registration - $225

What is included in the Standard Registration Package:

  • Access to our Virtual Fair App where networking with take place between candidates and employers
  • Complimentary Video Chat option available within the app
  • Unlimited recruiter schedules available in the app
    NOTE:  On average, employers have the opportunity meet with 10 candidates per hour per recruiter schedule. We recommend starting with no more than 1 -3 schedules and we will add more schedules at your request once schedules begin to reach capacity.
  • Support for how to utilize the app before and during the event
  • Specific instructions will be provided on how to setup schedules and use the Virtual Fair App
  • Opportunity to attend an Employer Q & A Session in the weeks leading up to the Fair
Graduate School Registration fees - $175

What is included in the Standard Registration Package:

  • Access to our Virtual Fair App where networking with take place between candidates and employer
  • Complimentary Video Chat option available within the app
  • Unlimited recruiter schedules available in the app
    NOTE:  On average, recruiters have the opportunity meet with 10 candidates per hour per recruiter schedule.
  • Support for how to utilize the app before and during the event
  • Specific instructions will be provided on how to setup schedules and use the Virtual Fair App
  • Opportunity to attend an Employer Q & A Session in the weeks leading up to the Fair
Share a Booth Registration - NOT AVAILABLE for virtual fairs

Not Available Fall 2020

Registration Policy: WestPACS abides by the National Association of Colleges and Employers’ (NACE) Principles for Employment Professionals.  We reserve the right to restrict any company/organization who does not abide by these principles.  For more information, please refer to the NACE website.

 Deadline to register is TBD. No refunds will be given for cancellations received after the deadline.

 

Additional Advertising

Increase your visiblity amoung candidates by purchasing additional advertising:

*NEW* Social Media Post: $150 (limited to 8 employers per fair)
One post on our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts. Post will be scheduled sometime between 1-3 weeks prior to the fair. Candidates will begin scheduling appointments with employers in our app 3 weeks prior to the fair so this is a great time to get additional attention for your opportunities through the purchase of a social media post. The post will include your logo, a brief description of your organization and a link to your website. 

Statistics for In-Person career Fairs

The Job Seekers:

  • Averaging between 700-1000 candidates per fair
  • Job seekers who were current students: 66%
  • Job seekers who were alumni: 28%

Highest Level of Education:

  • Bachelor’s Degree: 77%
  • Master’s Degree: 14%
  • Associate’s Degree: 6%
  • Other (Ph.D., J.D., certificate, etc.): 2%

Participating Employers:

  • Employers seeking full-time candidates: 94%
  • Employers seeking co-op students/interns: 42%

Top 10 Employment Sectors:

  • Business/Management
  • Sales & Marketing
  • Accounting/Finance
  • Engineering
  • Computer Science/ Information
  • Technology
  • Communications PR
  • Criminal Justice
  • Healthcare
  • Social & Human Services
  • Government Public Administration