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Darla Moore School of Business

Business EXPO

Each semester, the Moore School's Office of Career Management hosts a Business EXPO (job and internship fair). The fall 2020 Business EXPOs are scheduled for September 23 and October 27. They will be virtual and hosted through the Career Eco system. 

  • Access the September and/or October event in Handshake to see which employers have posted jobs and internships.
  • Employers, if you're interested in registering for a booth, please visit our employer EXPO page

Requirements to Attend Business EXPO

The Moore School has a commitment to both students and employers to ensure students are adequately prepared to engage with employers in professional, meaningful ways. To that end, all students who desire to attend the Business EXPO must comply with the following requirements: 

  • Be a sophomore, junior, senior or master's student in the Moore School
  • Build your resume in one of the approved samples found in the Moore School sophomore, junior, senior or graduate community in the Career Management section of Blackboard
  • Have your professional resume approved by OCM and uploaded to Handshake
  • Create an account on CareerEco by clicking on the September or October event link. If you don't create an account, you can't attend EXPO.

EXPO FAQs

The most important suggestion received from employers is that students research each company they wish to meet prior to entering an employers virtual booth. Do not ask recruiters what positions they have open or what they can do for you. Know the company’s mission and cultural values and which positions are open by viewing Handshake or the company's website. The more informed you are, the better your chances are of promoting your abilities and securing an interview.

Questions? Contact the Office of Career Management at 803-777-0149.

Prepare. Do not wait until the last minute — coaching appointment availability will be limited as the event date draws closer (prepare for extended wait times). Find your major-specific career coach's contact information so you can make an appointment. The Office of Career Management also takes digital drop-in appointments Monday through Thursday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Check Blackboard to find the link for drop-in appointments.

Make your appointment at least three weeks prior to EXPO in order to better prepare yourself, your resume and your pitch.

Questions? Contact the Office of Career Management at 803-777-0149.

You have 30 seconds to tell the employer how you can add value to their organization and how your qualifications fit their hiring needs. Do your research, practice in the mirror, practice with a friend and contact your career coach for guidance on crafting the perfect pitch. 

Questions? Contact the Office of Career Management at 803-777-0149.

First impressions last, even over digital channels. While the EXPOs will be text based, there is the option for employers to invite students to video chats on EXPO day.

Ladies: Wear dress slacks or a skirt that falls at or below the knee, paired with a suit jacket and a dress shirt or blouse. Make sure your hair isn't covering your name tag. Tight fitting or low cut clothing is not considered professional.

Gentlemen: Wear a dark suit, iron your shirt and slacks, wear a tie, nice shoes and make sure your hair is nicely groomed. If you don't have a suit, a dark sports coat and slacks will do. 

Modest dress is best for networking events. If you have questions, contact one of our career coaches in OCM at 803-777-0149.

Here are a few suggestions on how to prep for the day of EXPO

  • Have your most recent resume uploaded to CareerEco
  • Use a laptop or desktop computer. CareerEco is not mobile friendly.
  • Use the most up-to-date version of Chrome or Firefox as your browser.
  • Have a padfolio for taking notes
  • Have a quiet area to work in
  • Use a professional background in case an employer wants to jump on a video call
  • Use a comfortable chair
  • Bring a smile and lots of confidence 

In chat sessions, keep your questions professional (no slang) and brief.

If an employer asks you to join a video call, give them your 30 second pitch, maintain eye contact, and make sure to ask questions that show you have researched the company and the position.  

We know you'll be nervous, and so do the employers. That's okay. Just make sure you speak loudly enough to be heard, clearly enough to be understood and eloquently enough to show off how awesome you are. 

MAKE SURE YOUR PHONE IS ON SILENT OR VIBRATE and out of sight during all discussions with recruiters. 

Pro Tip: Make a practice run with one of your peers or with the OCM staff. You can reach the OCM at 803-777-0149.

Make sure you close your pitch by asking the recruiter the best way to follow up and when to do it. Most importantly, follow their directions. Request contact information if it's available, or find it on LinkedIn or the company website. It's YOUR responsibility to find the information. 

After leaving the virtual booth, take a moment to jot down a few key things you learned to include in your follow-up email. 

If you have gotten a recruiter's contact information, you'll want to follow-up within 48 hours.  Send a short email that thanks them for speaking with you at the event, express enthusiasm for the position and ask about next steps in the hiring process.

These videos will give you information on setting up your account and preparing for EXPO.

  1. Ensuring your browser is up to date
  2. Creating your CareerEco account
  3. Setting up your CareerEco profile

The University of South Carolina offers a variety of career fairs for students across all majors. If you're interested in attending career fairs other than Business EXPO, you can find information below.

September 24, 2020 | 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
UofSC Career & Internship Virtual Fair 
STEM: Manufacturing, Biotechnology, Aerospace, Government,  Defense & More
Register In Handshake

September 25, 2020 | 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
UofSC Career & Internship Virtual Fair
STEM: Civil Engineering, Construction, Technical Consulting, Technology & More
Register In Handshake

September 29, 2020 | 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
UofSC Career & Internship Virtual Fair
Corporate Careers & Beyond
Register in Handshake

October 1, 2020 | 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
UofSC Career & Internship Virtual Fair
Impact & Influence: Government, Public Service & More 
Register in Handshake

October 19, 2020 | 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
UofSC Career & Internship Virtual Fair
Health & Wellness Professions
Register in Handshake

October 27, 2020 | 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
UofSC Furthering Your Education Virtual Fair
Professional Health Schools and Graduate Programs 
Register in Handshake


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