CONNECT WITH EMPLOYERS

All spring 2021 recruiting will take place virtually.

Keep scrolling for details on events and new resources! 

Our online recruiting system, Handshake, connects employers with MSU students. Students can research companies, apply for jobs, register for events and send peers questions. 

Check out tips for getting started on Handshake.

Another great forum to uncover potential Spartan friendly opportunities! Before you connect on the site, make sure that you have a complete profile and foundation of connections with fellow Spartan students / engineers, faculty and staff, etc. Faculty and engineering staff are connected with thousands and thousands of alums from the program, so connect to maximize your 1st and 2nd Degree networks.

VIRTUAL EVENTS TO ATTEND

Engineering Expo Industry Fairs (Feb 3 - 25) – Think “Engineers Week” all February!  Sessions will be held "by industry" and will include opportunities to connect with employers for intern/co-op and fulltime opportunities.

Tuesday, February 23 | 4-7pm | DETAILS

Tuesday, March 9 | 1-6pm | DETAILS

Wednesday, March 10 | 3-6pm | DETAILS

PREPARE FOR VIRTUAL FAIRS

Register to attend the fair on Handshake, and then sign up for 1:1 and group sessions with the employers you'd like to meet with. On the day of the fair, simply log into Handshake, navigate to the fair page, and click on the My Sessions tab to start your meetings. Make sure you are using Google Chrome. Check out Handshakes guide to learn about finding companies, signing up and system requirements. 

  1. 1:1 sessions give you the opportunity to meet individually with representatives. Unsure of what to say during your meetings? Check out this great list of questions to ask employers during a career fair.

  2. Group sessions with employers give you the opportunity to learn more about their organization and opportunities in a group setting. 

  3. Don’t see an employer’s availability? Follow the employer to be notified when they create or add 1:1 sessions so you can be the first to sign up!

Having trouble scheduling a 1:1 with an employer? A few things to check:

  1. Go into your Handshake profile and check that you have updated your grad date in your education (click on your photo or initials in the upper right of the screen, select profile, and select the pencil in the education section.

  2. Ensure your profile is visible to employers-while in your profile, there is a settings link on the left of the screen. You will need employer or community access to register for an event and engage with employers.

  3. Ensure your profile is complete and up to date, with the correct major, GPA, graduation date, and that you have uploaded and imported a resume!

If you still can't register for a 1:1, it may be because you don't meet the qualifications set by the employer. If they have a group session available, join that instead! This will get your information to the recruiters and give you a chance to engage with the company during the fair. 

OTHER HELPFUL RESOURCES

RESUME BOOKS

We frequently distribute resume books to employers that reach out to us.  Maximize your odds of finding a co-op by dropping your (updated) resume! Check out the NEW Summer 2021 and Fall 2021 Co-Op/Intern resume books + our NEW senior resume book.

PREPARE FOR VIRTUAL INTERVIEWS

The vast majority of organizations have moved to virtual operations.  This means that you will most likely be participating in video or phone interviews. Though it can be a bit challenging to make a connection with a recruiter using these virtual options, it is possible! Check out these resources to get started: Virtual Interview WebinarWHO Interview MethodCommon Interview Questions

PREPARE FOR VIRTUAL CAREER FAIRS

We've got webinars that covers all things virtual career fairs! Plus make sure to check out Handshake's virtual launch kitVideo Requirements and Troubleshooting for Students

NEGOTIATIONS AND ACCEPTING OFFERS

Check out these tips and articles to negotiate your offer and help make that tough decision easier | Average Salary Data by MajorDos & Don'ts of Salary NegotiationHow to Evaluate a Job OfferTake the Sure Thing or Wait for Something Better?

INTERNSHIP / CO-OP FOR CREDIT

Did you know you can get credit for your internship or co-op? Once you have secured employment head over to this page to learn more. 

ON-CAMPUS JOBS

MSU hires more than 17,000 students per year! Check out this list of current on-campus jobs posted in Handshake. Some departments might post on their own site, for those check out MSU department resources. Interested in Undergraduate Research? Review opportunities here.

OTHER JOB BOARDS

Here are a few of our favorite job boards (besides Handshakeindeed.commitalent.org aftercollege.comcareers.esd.org engineerjobs.comhellowestmichigan.com

FRAUDULENT JOB POSTINGS

If you have concerns about the legitimacy of a job or internship posting, please contact careers@egr.msu.edu. No legitimate employer will send payment in advance and ask the employee to send a portion of it back. DO NOT provide any personal information especially social security numbers or financial information! Find more tips on avoiding scams here

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