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In addition to traditional on-campus interviewing, there are multiple opportunities to build your employer brand and promote current openings at Foster. Contact the Employer Relations team to discuss these engagement and branding strategies at [email protected]

Networking Events

These are intended for students to meet your team and speak informally about your company or open roles in a larger, more social format, such as bowling get-togethers, lunches, and mixer-style events. Note, we do not check-in attendees for Networking Events, so you’ll want to be sure to collect contact details at the event for post-event attendance reference.

Events

Connect with students on-campus during a lunchtime class break (12:30 – 1:20 p.m.) or in the evening hours (5:30 – 7 p.m.) to present information about upcoming opportunities and a “day in the life” at your organization. 

Office Hours vs Meet ‘n Greets

Depending on your company’s style and intention, you can host smaller, more intimate events to discuss your company and/or open positions:

Meet ‘n Greets

Informal, drop-in style appointments. Students can stop by to chat with your team during a certain window of time. You are welcome to meet with several students at a time.

Office Hours

Students are able to schedule one-on-one informational interviews with an employer to learn about “a day in the life” at the organization and any upcoming internship and/or full-time opportunities. Office Hours are customizable based on employer needs and availability. We offer space in our career suite, or can assist you in holding office hours virtually. Email [email protected] for step-by-step instructions for this process. 

Tabling Events

Information tables for the purpose of advertising employment opportunities or collecting resumes are not available through Foster or the UW Seattle campus at large.

Host a Company Visit 

Each year Foster coordinates company visits for students which provide an opportunity to learn about industry and connect with professionals. If you are interested in hosting a visit, please email [email protected] to inquire.  

Business Career Fair

Attend our flagship recruiting event, held annually each October. Develop your campus brand while connecting with top UW students and alumni preparing for business internships and full-time opportunities. Registration opens each June in Handshake, and current campus partners will be notified when registration goes live. Learn more about the Business Career Fair.

Not sure you’re on the list? Please email [email protected] to be added.

Contribute to Student Development

Every quarter the Career Center produces targeted programming for professional career development, such as Employer Mock Interviews, Employer Resume Reviews, Industry Focus Nights, Panels, and Workshops.

Interested in getting involved? Email [email protected].

Posters & Flyers

While there are no boards available in central locations at Foster for advertising job opportunities, the EY Center for Career Advancement and the Undergraduate Programs Office do have in-house boards. Please contact [email protected] to learn about posting policies and to submit materials.

Guides and Tips for a Successful Event

Events at Foster provide a great opportunity to share information about your organization while networking with UW students and recent alumni. This includes our undergraduate students, as well as students in Specialized Master’s programs including Master of Professional AccountingMaster of Science in Information Systems, and Master of Supply Chain Management.

This strategy personalizes your recruiting process by putting a face to your organization, increasing interest, and refining your applicant base. An event also helps you to maximize your interview time, allowing for general questions and information to be discussed during your session.

Should my organization hold an Event?

Events are not necessarily the best recruiting option for everyone. We have found that events are typically most successful, bringing out higher numbers of students, in the following circumstances:

  • Employers with a recognizable brand
  • Employers within specific fields such as Consulting or Accounting

What if my company doesn’t fall into these categories?

If these categories do not describe your organization, it doesn’t mean that you can’t have a successful events at Foster. However, it will require additional work from your recruiting team to generate student interest in the positions. Visibility and promotion is key!

Still not sure if an events is right for you?

Our Employer Services Manager is always happy to discuss strategies for increasing visibility on campus. Contact Employer Services at [email protected] to learn more about your options to engage at Foster.

Reserve Interview Dates

Events are typically held:

  • During Fall &Winter quarters*
  • 1-2 weeks prior to resume deadlines or are used as pre-interview events to prepare selected candidates.
  • In a Dempsey or PACCAR Hall classroom with full AV capabilities that accommodates roughly 75 people
  • Event date(s) – 1st & 2nd option is a good start
  • Time 12:30-1:20pm OR 5:30-7pm
  • Target audience (undergraduate, specific options, and/or Specialized Master’s)

Submit your InfoSession Request in Handshake

Tips for a Successful Event

Timing Is Everything

The best time to host an event is during the quarter in which you plan to recruit, often, 1-2 weeks before your resume deadline (1-2 days prior to interviews if you prefer to use the event as a pre-interview preparation).

Of course, you do not have to be interviewing to host an event — most students appreciate networking and learning about your organization while you build your brand and visibility on campus.

Know Your Audience

Foster Career Services can assist you with recruiting both undergraduate and/or students in Specialized Master’s programs including Master of Professional Accounting, Master of Science in Information Systems, and Master of Supply Chain Management (begins June 2016). Be sure to let our Employer Services Manager know which populations you are looking to recruit.

Customize Your Event Description

You will be prompted by your Employer Services Manager to submit a unique event description. This is a great opportunity to showcase your company’s culture. Images and flyers are also highly encouraged.

Food and Refreshments

Food/refreshments are encouraged and can be ordered and delivered from many local eateries. Refer to your InfoSession confirmation note for a list of recommendations. If you plan to provide food/refreshments, please see our Facility Use Guide

Track Your RSVPs

Upon scheduling an event, you will have access to RSVP information. This is helpful in communicating to students prior to your event and allows you to properly prepare food/refreshment orders. Consider resume books to proactively reach out to students to invite them to your event.

Promote

Foster Career Services helps to promote your event! We will work with you to publicize your event online through our interactive calendar, Handshake, and as part of a weekly e-newsletter communication to Foster students. We will also provide you with additional marketing ideas and tips to make your event a success.

Prepare Your Team

Ensure that all members of your team are forwarded a copy of your event confirmation note, including date, time, directions, and transportation information to your designated classroom (most often Dempsey Hall 102).

Parking & Traffic

On-campus parking can be unpredictable, particularly if you are arriving to campus after 8:30am. We highly encourage employers to carpool and/or arrange alternative transportation to campus such as public transit, Uber/Lyft, or taxi services.

Visiting from out of town? Traffic and weather conditions can often add substantial minutes to a normal commute time. Please plan accordingly and allow extra time to get to campus from downtown and/or Seattle Tacoma airport.

Facility Use Guide

If you plan to provide food, it is the responsibility of the employer to adhere to the guidelines below.

Failure to do so may result in the inability to host future events at Foster.

  • Please remind students to keep the space clean and mind their own areas.
  • Wipe down any tables that have crumbs, sauce, or other leftovers on tables and other surfaces.
  • No food should be thrown away inside of the classroom. Please arrange additional receptacles with our Employer Services Manager prior to your event.
  • Absolutely NO FOOD or leftover boxes, bags, or beverages is to be left in the classroom/space
  • Please deposit of pizza boxes and other recycling/compost materials outside of the east exit of Dempsey Hall in the appropriate dumpster.
  • Any leftover food can be taken with you or left with our team in DEM 212 during normal business hours of 8am-5pm.

All job postings, on-campus interviews, office hours, and event/event requests for Foster Undergraduates and Specialized Master’s students should be submitted through Handshake, the online recruiting platform UW utilizes for all career-related activity. 

Not yet on Handshake? Start here.

  1. Log into Handshake and select “Create an Event” at the top of your home page.
  2. Name: Name your event. Good idea to include your Company name somewhere within. 
  3. Format: Select on-campus
  4. School: Select University of Washington
  5. Career Center: Select UW Seattle Foster School of Business Career Center
  6. Type: Select the appropriate type (event, networking, or other). 
  7. Description: Share as many confirmed details as you can. By default, all events will be visible by all UW Seattle & Bothell students, but we will add “Foster” to the title for further clarification. It is highly recommended that you include a “Who Should Attend” section within the event descriptions in order to get a more productive audience. This tells students who would benefit from attending so they may choose their event attendance wisely. (ex: “undergraduates with an interest in finance”, “we are interested in meeting Juniors and Seniors”, “Marketing majors”, etc)

Registered Student Organizations (Student Clubs)

Career Services works closely with the many student-run business clubs that sponsor panel discussions and other activities. These events provide a perfect venue for you to interact directly with our students. Check out what’s happening within Foster-specific undergraduate clubs.

Mgmt 430

Foster partners with Seattle’s thriving and innovative business community to develop forward-looking, customized cases centered on a current strategic issue. This required capstone course, Strategic Business Management (MGMT 430), taken during one quarter of senior year, positions student teams in front of executives to make formal presentations on their recommendations. Questions? Email Laura Edwards.

Student Consultants

Connect with smart, ambitious Foster students to help you meet your business goals. Resources can be found here. 

Mentor Program

Foster Alumni and other professionals connect with 1-2 current students for a 5-month long mentoring program designed to focus on professional and personal development for mentors and mentees. Resources can be found here

Diversity Resources

At Foster, inclusion and diversity is critical to our academic programs, student experience, and community relationships. Learn more. 

Faculty

An internationally known and ranked faculty with expertise in nearly 100 areas of business practice distinguishes Foster with cutting-edge research and innovative teaching. Our faculty can be a powerful resource for your organization. Learn more.