Virtual Fair Instructions

Carefully review the information and links below to ensure you can successfully join the sessions at the fair and interact with employers.

Verify Technology Settings

Verify your browser, video and audio settings work on the Handshake platform prior to the fair.

Advanced Sign-ups Required

Advanced sign-ups for employer sessions are required. If you haven't signed up for employer sessions yet, do so ASAP. If you can no longer attend any of the employer group or 1:1 sessions, please cancel your session so another student can sign up for it and to avoid making a poor impression with the employer.

On fair days, you are welcome to drop by the Internship and Career Center's Zoom room starting a half hour before the fair for help with technical questions. Day of Fair Support Zoom Link: https://ucdavis.zoom.us/j/98006372817 (This is NOT the link to the fair. Join the fair directly on Handshake)

For advising related questions, utilize our daily drop-in advising, Monday - Friday, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Types of Sessions

The virtual career fair has two types of sessions: 1:1 and group sessions.

1:1 Sessions:

  • A 1:1 session is scheduled for 10 minutes.
  • Before the session, a launch video button will appear.
  • Join the session up to 5 minutes before to confirm your audio and video works.
  • An employer will not be able to see your profile if you have not signed up for a 1:1 or group session.

Group Sessions:

  • A session can have up to 50 students. Students can ask questions via chat during a group session or "raise their hand" to ask a question.
  • Before the session, a launch video button will appear.
  • Join the session up to 5 minutes before to confirm your audio and video works.
  • Cameras and mics will automatically turn off for every session that has over 15 participants.
  • If a meeting connection with an employer is lost due to technical issues, you will have until the meeting end time to rejoin a session.
  • An employer will not be able to see your profile if you have not signed up for a 1:1 or group session.

* If a student does not get the opportunity to sign up for a session, they are encouraged to connect with the company on Handshake and "follow" the company profile to get notified of opportunities available.

Privacy Settings

To participate in a group session (or both 1:1 and group session), the student's account MUST be set to Community.

How to do so: Handshake Student Dashboard > Click Student image at the top right > From drop-down menu that appears click "Settings and Privacy" > scroll towards middle of the page and click "Community" > Save update

Signing up for a Session

Day of Fair - Accessing Your Fair Schedule

All sessions are launched through Handshake.

  • Once logged into Handshake, a green bar will appear at the top of the screen with a notification that reads "Career Fair today!" - Click on Fair Schedule hyperlink
  • 5 minutes before each session, a "Join Video" button will appear next to their scheduled time slot.
  • A test video will appear before entering the session.
  • Check audio and video settings before launching video by clicking the 3 dots on the test window.
  • Click "join video" to connect with the recruiter.
  • Review this Handshake reference article.

Resume - "Giving" Your Resume to a Recruiter

Updating your Handshake profile and uploading your resume is recommended. After attending the fair, recruiters will have access to download resumes attached to your Handshake profile.

  • Upload a resume under "Documents" in your profile. Then, set the resume to "visible" in order for employers to access it. For more information, watch this Handshake video on YouTube.

Virtual Career Fair Help Sheet

Tech Tips:

  • Use Chrome or Firefox for the best experience
  • Allow pop-up windows from Handshake
  • Confirm you've granted permission on browser or app for both audio and video
  • Test the sound and microphone by using another platform or application on device
  • Close all unused tabs and apps
  • Clear cache
  • Reboot or try another device if possible

Student Support:

Day of Fair Support Zoom Link: https://ucdavis.zoom.us/j/98006372817 (This is NOT the link to the fair. Join the fair directly on Handshake)

Handshake Article - Testing Video/Tech and Troubleshooting

Google Chrome Support

We hope your experience is great!