Online Fall Career Fair (September 16 and 17)
September 16 and 17, 2020, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Are you searching for your next full-time, part-time, co-op or internship position? Join us at Fall Career Fair, one of the biggest career events at McMaster. Year after year, this recruitment event helps students in their job search by making it easy to meet employers and discover opportunities in an accessible, personal format.
Whether you want to register for just one day or attend the whole fair, there are many employers with exciting opportunities to discover. Different employers will be featured each day, so explore the participating employers listed on this page and register for the date(s) that interest you.
Make connections on our virtual job fair platform
We are making a few changes to support your job search and ensure the safety and well-being of all students, employers and staff during COVID-19. These changes align with McMaster’s decisions to suspend all in-person events and move the fall semester online. This year, we will be hosting Fall Career Fair online through our Brazen career fair platform, and the event will take place over two days.
Attend the fair to:
- Connect with employers and recruiters through one-on-one chats (video or text)
- Discover a broad range of workplace opportunities
- Learn how your skills and experience connect to the job market
- Explore career possibilities by learning about different industries
- Learn about current and future job market trends
Getting prepared for the fair
Did you know that some organizations are posting jobs on OSCARplus? Check OSCARplus > Student Success Centre > Employment > Job Postings to explore the available opportunities.
Notice for global opportunities:
To limit the spread of COVID-19, the Government of Canada is advising that you avoid all non-essential travel outside of Canada until further notice. Given McMaster’s current stance around international travel, we recommend students attending the career fair to focus only on local job opportunities. To learn about alternative ways to gain global experience, you may contact Francesca Hernandez Weinerth, SSC global experience coordinator, at email@example.com.
Virtual career fair tips
Are you unsure how to participate in virtual career fairs? How do you connect with employers and make a positive first impression in an online environment?
Here are some details about the fair that can help you prepare:
- The virtual platform (Brazen) is chat-based with video capabilities, so be camera-ready if you plan to use video.
- Chats with employers are seven minutes long (hosts have the option of extending the chat time).
- Get in line for multiple booths. Make sure to turn up your computer volume so you don’t miss a connection with a host.
- Keep checking this page for updates to the participating employers.
- If you plan to attend both days, remember to register for each date separately.
- Employers’ virtual booths will include their company description, and some organizations will include positions they are hiring for. Check OSCARplus > Student Success Centre > Employment > Job Postings for the available positions.
- Create some short text responses that you can copy and paste to save time during short chats.
- If you’re using text chats, remember that the other person can’t see your body language. Make sure you are communicating well in writing.
- Upload your resume and include your LinkedIn profile URL.
- Don’t post too much text at once. Send your messages in a brief, professional manner.
- Be mindful of the time left in your chat, and try to ask for contact information from the recruiter to follow up later with questions or to connect on LinkedIn.
- Collect your chat transcripts to review later. Transcripts are available in the History section on Brazen.
Check out this tip sheet for more guidance on how to prepare for the fair so you’re organized and ready to discover your next opportunity.
After the fair
Once you’ve participated in Fall Career Fair, you’ll have established new connections with employers and recruiters. However, it’s important that you make an effort to maintain and grow these connections after the fair. Check out these tip sheets to learn how.
Is this your first time participating in Fall Career Fair? Don’t worry — we can help you get up to speed. Check out these resources to learn a bit more about our career services and McMaster’s largest annual career event.
Truth or Myth?
This video series sheds light on some common misconceptions related to careers and job searching. Check out the series to learn about the realities of the job market from employers and industry representatives. Before watching the videos, try to guess if the topic is a truth or a myth!
- “Attending a job fair will help my application get noticed”
- “My resume should only be one page”
- “I don’t need to go to a career fair; I should just apply online”
- “Networking is only for outgoing individuals”
- “There are no jobs for people with ‘just an undergrad'”
- “I should apply for the job, even if I don’t meet 100% of the requirements”
Digital Skills Series
We partnered with Lyons New Media Centre to create Digital Skills Series — a collection of videos to help you build professional skills and learn multimedia basics. We recommend these videos to help you prepare for the fair:
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