Virtual Fairs via Handshake
The Career Center is offering various virtual job fairs and virtual networking events via Handshake for Spring 2021 in lieu of in-person events.
Virtual Ready Room
Open 30 minutes prior to each virtual fair/event. The Virtual Ready Room will be open throughout the entirety of the fair/event.
Finding fairs and registering
- Log into your MyLaSalle Portal, click Tools, then Handshake.
- Once in Handshake, click “Events”. In the events page, click the button at the top that says, “Career Fair”.
- You will then see a list of all Career Fairs.
- In the list of the Career Fairs, click on one you are interested in attending.
- At the top of the page, you will see a blue “Register” button. Clicking on that will register you for the fair.
- After you click “Register” you can then see the available sessions.
- Scroll to an employer you want to speak with and click on either “Group” or “1 on 1 Session”.
- A pop-up will appear with more session details. If you want to attend that employer’s session, click the blue “Confirm” button.
- You are now registered for the session.
Employers are able to host two types of sessions to interact with students:
- Group Sessions:
- 30 minutes each
- multiple students can attend
- 1:1 Sessions:
- 10 minutes each
- one student and one employer representative can attend
All sessions will have the option for Handshake video, audio and text based chat. There is no customization for types of interaction; it is up to the employer and student joining the session to determine how they would like to connect.
As long as you’re signed up for the session successfully, you’ll be able to join up to 5 minutes prior to the session start and throughout the duration of the session.
- Connect with recruiters.
- You don’t have to wait in line to speak to your favorite recruiter!
- No awkward attempts at joining into a conversation that is already in progress.
- Get 1 on 1 time to ask your most important questions; plus it’s a great time to make a positive first impression.
- You have the recruiter’s full attention.
Requirements and Troubleshooting
- An internet connection – broadband wired or wireless (3G or 4G/LTE)
- Speakers and a microphone – built-in or USB plug-in or wireless Bluetooth
- Supported Devices:
- Desktop web
- iOS app
- Android app
- mobile web: We strongly recommend desktop web and native mobile apps for the best experience!
- Optional, but recommended if you’d like to use video: A webcam or HD webcam – built-in or USB plug-in
- Tip: If you’re using a webcam that isn’t built in to your device, make sure any additional permissions/settings are configured prior to your scheduled virtual interaction!
- Make sure that you have a reliable Internet connection.
- Twilio provides a network test to test internet, audio, visual, etc: https://networktest.twilio.com/
- Make sure that you are using a supported browser.
- We recommend Chrome or Firefox for the best experience.
- If you choose to use Microsoft Edge, please make sure you’ve updated to the latest version!
- In Safari there may be an issue where some people may not hear sound. We are going to try and solve for this by adding an “unmute speaker audio” button users should tap to get Safari to publish the sound.
- Participants could also go to preferences–>websites and change joinhandshake.com from “Stop Media with Sound” to “Allow All Auto-Play”
- We recommend Chrome or Firefox for the best experience.
- Minimize the number of resources (i.e. close unused tabs and applications) on the computers/devices when using video.
- Move closer to your router.
- Confirm that your speakers and volume control both work.
- Test the sound and microphone by using another platform or application through your device.
- Confirm that your device can play video.
- We recommend testing this by watching a video on Youtube.
- Confirm that you’ve granted permission on your browser or app for both audio and video.
- Refresh the page on your browser on desktop or mobile.
- Restart the browser, or close the app and reopen.
- Try a different supported browser.
- Restart your computer or device.
Windows has its own privacy settings for microphone & camera that are independent of the browser. By default in most cases this is turned off.
There are two settings pages:
- Settings > Privacy > Microphone
- Settings > Privacy > Camera
Both pages have two toggles:
- Allow apps to use my microphone/camera (used for built-in microsoft apps from their app store)
- Allow desktop apps to use my microphone/camera (used for things like browsers and zoom)
The second toggle can only be enabled if the first is enabled, so users will need to turn both toggles on in both places for their browser to be able to access their mic and camera.
If you’re missing upcoming fair sessions or seeing unexpected start times, you may need to update your computer’s timezone. Handshake does not have a timezone setting that may be adjusted – we pull timezone from your computer’s selected timezone.
We recommend setting the timezone to update automatically to ensure the most accurate display in Handshake.
Virtual Fair Tips for Success
Confirm what technology is needed
- Check your settings, go over the technology and troubleshooting information provided above.
- Will you be using a computer, tablet, or phone? Are they charged and ready?
- Do you have working headphones or speakers?
- Test your set-up and technology.
Prepare your resume
Research the employers you want to speak with
- Take a look at the available employer sessions. Who do you want to speak with?
- Once you have registered for employer sessions, research the employers. Go to their website, look at their social media; what are they up to as an organization?
- What is the employer’s mission statement, stance on diversity and inclusion, volunteering; does the employer fit in with your values? Where is the employer located?
- Update yourself on the employer’s (positive) current events.
- Professional dress is the same as if you were meeting employers in-person.
- Check out this page for more.
Communication and 30-Second Pitch
What’s behind you?
- Minimize visual distractions. Behind you, there should not be any posters, bright lights, people, pets.
- Minimize audio distractions. Move to a quiet area that does not echo; ensure that there are no noises (music, pets, people, lawn mowers, etc.).
- Things recruiters hate seeing in video interviews.
- Look into the camera as much as possible (it’s the same as eye contact). Do not look at the screen.
- Do not check your email, texts, social media, or do anything on your device while in the video session.
- Minimize hand gestures.
- Camera angle is important. Your camera/device should be at eye-level, about an arms-length distance away. Putting your camera too low gives the employer a view of your chin and up the nose.
- How to look good in Skype(Video) interviews.
Full Handshake help articles can be found here: