Recruit at Career Fairs
Recruit WWU students and graduates representing over 200 academic programs. Learn more about our students and our degree programs.
The Career Services Center is dedicated to ensuring that each student enjoys equal access to the opportunities at our career fairs. Therefore, all positions you recruit for must be open to all WWU students, regardless of protected class. Want to learn more? Review our recruitment policies.
Benefits of attending a career fair
- Connect with students of all majors and class levels
- Recruit alumni
- Hire for internships
- Build your talent pipeline
- Increase your visibility & brand awareness
What other career fairs does Western host?
- All Industries Career & Internship Fair (October)
- Tech & Engineering Career & Internship Fair (November)
- Graduate & Professional School Fair (November)
- All Industries Career & Internship Fair (February)
- Environmental, Sustainability & Energy Career & Internship Fair (February)
- Education Career & Internship Fair (March)
- All Industries Career & Internship Fair (April)
- Local Opportunities Career & Internship Fair (May)
How do I register for a career fair?
You can sign up for a free account at joinhandshake.com. For step-by-step instructions, read the Handshake article: Create an Employer User Account, Join a Company, and Connect with Schools.
How do I prepare for a career fair at Western?
- Attend a half-hour virtual orientation! Contact our Event Coordinator to inquire or get the slide deck. You can also contact Britta Eschete for other career fair questions (leading up to the fair). For Day-of-Event questions, call our office at 360-650-4240.
- For more ways to highlight what your organization has to offer to students, check out Branding Your Company Profile on Handshake. You’ll find tips on what to include in your company overview, including your logo and a cover photo, how to feature a job posting, and more!
- Plenty of printed copies of your job descriptions or other handouts
- A printed copy of a QR code - linked to a digital copy of your handouts or website—so students can access a digital copy in case you run out. Here’s a free site to make your own (can link to a webpage, PDF, and more)
- Preferred lunch or snacks if you have food allergies
- Refillable water bottle
- Tablecloth for your display
- Clothing donations for the WWU Career Closet - FREE professional clothing for students and alumni
- We promote employers attending the career fair well ahead of time, using the information available in Handshake.
- Post your available jobs and internships in Handshake right away so students can view them (and apply) ahead of time!
- Make sure your company overview in Handshake is accurate and highlights what makes your organization unique for candidates!
For virtual career fairs, review Handshake’s Virtual Fairs in Handshake: A Guide for Employers
To help ensure this is a successful event for everyone, please ensure your team is aware of the following:
- Students will be in and out based on their class schedules
- Anticipate students wearing a variety of attire - everything from professional to casual
- Participants may be in attendance with apparent and non-apparent disabilities
- Western Washington University is committed to a shared responsibility to treat each other with respect, civility and empathy, including when discussing or debating controversial subjects. Learn more about Freedom of Expression and Assembly.
- It is the responsibility of us all - faculty, staff, students, administrators, guests, and visitors to campus to ensure that freedom of expression and assembly are conducted in an atmosphere that promotes intellectual discussion. Employers with questions about a particular scenario should immediately reach out to staff located at the Career Services Center HUB table.