Career Fairs & Recruitment Options
Each semester Career Services coordinates numerous fairs and events related to employers recruitment efforts. These events can assist you in finding qualified candidates and branding your organization on campus. All events are open to all USF students and alumni.
We host the following fairs: All Majors Career Fair, Technical Career Fair (Engineering/Science/Technology), and an Accounting Career Fair. These fairs are scheduled at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters for organizations hiring for full-time, co-op, and internship opportunities and approximately 1,500 job seekers attend (including alumni).
The Internship & Part-Time Job Fair provides organizations with an opportunity to meet with potential candidates for internship, part-time and/or summer employment. This fair is also held once a semester – usually in September and April.
The Statewide Job Fair, coordinated by all the Florida state university career centers, is held in mid-May at the University of Central Florida Arena.
On-Campus Interviews (OCI's) take place in the Career Services Office in our Interview Suites, providing you with a comfortable location that allows you to meet with many students/alumni during one visit to campus. You may interview for full-time, internships or co-op positions. Scheduling interviews is made easy through Career Connections. To schedule interviews just log into your account, select an available room and fill out an OCI schedule request form.
There are 3 types of schedule methods: Career Services Managed (Pre-select or Open) or Employer Managed
- Career Services Managed – Pre-select: This interview method is used by employers who select interview candidates by pre-screening their resumes. Sign-ups are based on a structured timeline.
- Career Services Managed – Open: This interview method is used by employers who will interview any candidate whose qualifications match their hiring criteria. Sign-ups are based on a first-come, first-served basis.For more information on how to request an OCI schedule through Career Connections please reference our Employer Recruitment Guide here.
- Employer Managed: This interview method is used by employers who identify interview candidates through on-campus recruitment activities and are not scheduled through Career Connections.
Information Sessions allow employers to provide interested candidates basic information about their organization (i.e. current opportunities, general profile information, organizational culture, career paths, job benefits, interview process, etc.) The most successful Information Sessions are held on campus. Employers have the opportunity to provide refreshments and are encouraged to allow time for candidates to ask questions and network with recruiters. In addition, door prizes and give-aways are popular with students.
There are two types of Information Sessions: general information sessions and information sessions held in conjunction with an on-campus interview. General information sessions can be held at any time to promote your organization or to promote career opportunities. Information sessions held in conjunction with an on-campus interview may take place prior to the OCI schedule to help generate candidate interest or as a social event to meet candidates who will be coming in for interviews.
Careers & Coffee
Careers & Coffee is held the first and third Tuesday of each month in the Career Corner at the USF Library. In collaboration with the Library and Starbucks, Career Services invites one employer to participate in the Careers & Coffee event, providing the employer with an opportunity to informally network with students in this unique location. During this event we invite the employer to showcase their organization and available opportunities by "having coffee" with our students.
Employer of the Week
This is a great, free opportunity to host a table in the College of Business or the College of Engineering in high traffic areas. Each Tuesday, one employer is highlighted during this event. The Employer of the Week provides an informal opportunity to meet with students.
Employer Led Workshops allow you to choose a topic you would like to help our students and alumni learn about. Topics can be similar, or the same as, what we cover during our "Prepare for the Fair" event (e.g. résumé critiques, networking, dress for success, strategic job searching).
Many student organizations welcome recruiters and companies to speak at their meetings regarding career-related topics. This is a great activity to brand and connect with potential candidates. Requests to present are made directly to the student organization.
A great way to create interest in your organization and open positions is to work with us to organize a tour of your facility. The tours can be open to student, alumni, and faculty and staff participation. You choose!
Interact with Faculty
Are you interested in networking with our faculty and learning more about classroom curriculum? Talk to us about hosting a luncheon for select faculty members. The luncheon can be the size of your choosing and the location and food of your choosing.