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March 9, 2022  |  11AM – 4PM  |  monroeville convention center

March 10, 2022  |  11AM – 4PM  |  Virtual via HANDSHAKE

 Our Spring 2022 Career Fair will be a two day event. The in-person fair will be on Wednesday and the virtual fair will take place on Handshake on Thursday. Employers have the option to attend both days or only one day. Registration fees for all scenarios are listed below.

Please note: Registration for the virtual fair is complimentary for all employers who attend the in-person fair on March 9th. However, you do need to complete both online registration forms in order to participate both days.

Employer Deadline to Register: March 2nd at 5pm
This is a firm deadline. Absolutely no exceptions will be made after the deadline passes.

What to expect from a face-to-face westPAcs fair

Employers and graduate schools with entry-level, internship, co-ops and graduate programs have the opportunity to meet in-person with alumni, soon-to-be graduates 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. In light of the ongoing pandemic, WestPACS will be following all CDC guidelines at the time of the fair to ensure the safety of all participants. If you have any questions, please contact Kristen Ritter, Career Fair Coordinator, via email at westpacs@westpacs.org.

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 on 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 attend 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 is very simple!

 

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

 

Registration PAckages

Registration Deadline for Employers and Graduate School Representatives is March 2nd at 5pm. This is a firm deadline. Absolutely no exceptions will be made after the deadline passes.

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT

Registration for the Virtual Fair is complimentary for all organizations who attend the in-person fair on March 9th. however, you need to complete the online registration Form for both events in order to participate both days.

**virtual fair ONLY** Early Bird Standard Registration - $225

choosIMPORTANT: Employers who attend the in-person portion of the fair on March 9th are welcome to attend the virtual fair on March 10th for free.

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

What is included in the Standard Registration Package:

  • Access to our Virtual Fair App where networking will take place between candidates and employers
  • Complimentary Video Chat option available within the app or you can choose to utilize apps like MS Teams or Google Meet
  • 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
**Virtual fair only** Non-profit and government agency registration - $225

 IMPORTANT: Employers who attend the in-person portion of the fair on March 9th are welcome to attend the virtual fair on March 10th for free.

What is included in the Standard Registration Package:

  • Access to Handshake where networking will take place between candidates and employers
  • Complimentary Video Chat option available within the app or you can choose to utilize apps like MS Teams or Google Meet
  • 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
**In-person Fair** Early Bird Standard Registration Package Price - $550

Registration fee increases to $600 at 5pm on January 31st.

What is included in the Standard Registration Package:

•    10′ x 10′ booth with a standard size banquet table, table linens, two chairs, pipes, and drapes.
•    Two tickets to the recruiter luncheon (one additional recruiter can be purchased for $35)**
•    An organization profile in the online employer directory

**In order to keep the crowd size down due to COVID-19, employers that register for the Standard Registration Package are not permitted to bring any more than 3 recruiters to the in-person fair. Thank you for your understanding as we work hard to ensure everyone stays safe and healthy. 

**In-Person FAIR** Non-Profit/government agency registration package PRICE - $410

What is included in the Non-Profit and Government Agency Package:

•   10′ x 10′ booth with a standard size banquet table, table linens, two chairs, pipes, and drapes.
•    Two tickets to the employer luncheon (one additional recruiter ticket can be purchased for $35)**
•    An organization profile in the online and mobile employer directory app

**In order to keep the crowd size down due to COVID-19, Non-Profit and Government Agency Registrations are not permitted to bring any more than 3 recruiters to the in-person fair. Thank you for your understanding as we work hard to ensure everyone stays safe and healthy. 

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.

 

Interested in getting more visibility at the fair?

Increase your visibility among candidates by becoming a sponsor! The following sponsorship packages are available:

Gold Sponsor

Silver Sponsor

Bronze Sponsor

Learn more about becoming a fair sponsor here.

Statistics for In-Person career Fairs

The Job Seekers:

  • Averaging between 700-1000 candidates per face-to-face 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