Career Fair 2019: Opportunities abound, both in person and online

In March, UMUC Career Services brought together 82 employers and 1,801 students and alumni at its in-person and virtual 2019 Career Fair events. Through this annual career offering, members of the UMUC community had the opportunity to discuss nearly 25,000 job openings with hiring managers. These employers came to the event bringing career opportunities in cybersecurity, IT, healthcare administration, finance, accounting and more.

Two ways to connect

The in-person career fair was held on March 7 at the College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center in Hyattsville, Md., and drew a face-to-face crowd of 638. Hiring companies in attendance included Amazon Web Services, CareFirst Blue Cross, Edward Jones, General Dynamics IT, CIA, and Department of Veterans Affairs.

During the in-person event, attendees and recruiters had the opportunity to exchange resumes, business cards and contact information face-to-face by using the ScanShake mobile app.

“This is the second year we’ve used this tool, which allows students and alumni to access tips to prepare for the fair, a list of participating employers, the open jobs they were looking to fill and directions to the event, explains Dr. Francine Blume, UMUC’s assistant vice president of career development.

The app also enabled job-seekers to populate their profiles with personalized information, including their resume, LinkedIn profile and photo. When meeting with potential employers, candidates could present their unique QR codes to employers to scan and save all their information on the spot. Employers at the event could also use this app to exchange their contact information with each other to build their own networks, too.

The virtual career fair, which was held online on March 14, connected prospective employers with more than 1,100 UMUC alumni and students from across the country and overseas. Students and alumni had the opportunity to chat virtually with a wide range of employers, including Hilton, General Dynamics Mission Systems, MedStar, and US Secret Service.

Recruiters were able to select resumes from the event and initiate private chats with attendees based on their qualifications. Some recruiters identified strong candidates from the event through sorting resumes and, as a result, scheduled follow-up interviews.

“The UMUC Career Services team will continue to track success from the in-person and online events,” notes Dr. Blume. “We will use this data to connect more students and alumni with employers that have opportunities that match their unique skills sets.”

The sponsors that made it possible

The 2019 Spring Career Fair was made possible by the generous support of employers and the community. This year’s sponsors included: 

  • GCubed, Inc. 
  • Silotech Group, Inc. 
  • Fastenal Company 
  • HelioCampus 
  • AccelerEd 
  • UMUC Ventures 

“I am always impressed by UMUC candidates, and this event was no different,” said Wendy Maurer, COO of GCubed, Inc., a sponsor of the event. “We always appreciate the support of the staff and quality of the students we find at the UMUC career fair.”

Missed the 2019 Spring Career Fair?

You can access UMUC’s suite of exclusive career resources on CareerQuest.