Some, not all, employers have the time, money, resources, and need to meet with enough students that they can justify a visit to campus to conduct interviews. They schedule an interview date well in advance, students apply in advance, selected students are invited to sign up for interviews held in Career and Professional Development. (And of course, prepare for interviews before you go!)
Interviews are held throughout the year, 8-10 weeks of both fall and spring semesters, but most employers visit campus only once or maybe twice per year for interviews, so you should be viewing the opportunities throughout early fall and into early spring.
View jobs, apply and schedule interviews through Hokies4Hire.
Don't overlook the many, many general and niche job sites that focus on specific career fields or are targeted toward college students and new grads, including:
- career-field sources
- internship sources
- international experience
- college students and new grad sources
- general job-seeker sources
- Virginia and local sources
- Federal government job and internship resources and tips
Many post jobs and/or job sources.
Amazingly, many students have not looked at their own department website; they are missing good stuff!
If you're targeting a particular geographic location, don't overlook this source. Of course you know that not all jobs are advertised, so definitely look at other sources as well.
Particularly useful for graduate students since you are becoming more specialized and focused in your career pursuits. If you don't already know what the professional publications are in your field, ask your faculty.
Employers often have job-seeker tips on their sites. By all means read and use them.
Your academic department and/or college and others may forward job listings to students.
There are many VT-affiliated fairs throughout fall and spring, and education career fairs are held by many school systems.
Research in advance the employers coming to each fair (the real world is not organized by college majors), find employers that match your qualifications and interests, go prepared to present yourself to stand out from the crowd. (Don't walk up and say, "what do you do?" or "what kinds of jobs do you have?")
Preparation is key to success:
Note that our research found that students who read about attending employers in advance of a fair, and who prepared to know what to do at a fair, were much more likely to view attending a fair as a good use of time, as compared to students who did not read about employers in advance and who did not prepare.
How to prepare for a job or career fair.