Whether you are in the home stretch of your CUW experience or you’re an alum in the field looking for the right career fit, you’ll want to check out tomorrow’s WorkForce Fair.

The WorkForce Fair is the largest career fair that Concordia participates in, with more than 80 employers and dozens of graduate schools from throughout Wisconsin registered to meet with eligible candidates like you. Concordia partners annually with the Wisconsin Private Colleges and Career Consortium for this event. Typically, it’s held in person, but this year, potential employers will meet with you from the comfort of your home.

The WorkForce Fair is open to students and alumni, and grants opportunity to meet virtually with employers to learn about all varieties of job and internship opportunities.

Before you attend, here’s what you need to know:


Registration is required for this event. Login to your Handshake account (cuw.joinhandshake.com) and click on “Register” to sign up for the fair. But wait, you’re not done! You’ll need to register for 1:1 and group sessions. To do so:

  • Be sure your profile privacy is set to “Community” (if you want to attend group sessions) or “Employers” (if you want to attend 1:1 sessions).
  • Register for employer sessions in advance or on the day-of the fair. You can only attend sessions you registered for. Check out this article to learn more.


The time and effort you put in before you even arrive will say a lot to employers. Present yourself in the best light to employers by getting your Handshake profile completion bar to 100%. Make sure you also update your resume and have it reviewed. Upload the final version as a PDF to Handshake for employers to view.


You will need an internet connection, speakers, a microphone, and a supported device. Take a moment to plot out your spot and eliminate distractions.


How you present yourself within a timeframe – or your elevator pitch, as it’s called – is key. Walk through this exercise of crafting yours. Additionally, you may be wondering things like how to introduce yourself or whether your video should be on for a group chat. All these questions and more are covered here.


Dress professionally. Practice active listening. Bring a few thoughtful questions to the interview. Send a follow-up email the day after. Tips like these and more can be found here.

— This story is written by Kali Thiel, director of university communications for Concordia University Wisconsin and Ann Arbor. She may be reached at kali.thiel@cuw.edu or 262-243-2149.

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