Why Should I Attend a Pop-Up Fair?

Have you always wondered what a career fair is like? Pop-up career fairs offer a plethora of benefits to job seekers and professionals alike, and on College of Charleston’s campus, there are a variety of Career Fairs and Pop-Up fairs each semester. One of the primary advantages is the opportunity to network with industry experts and potential employers. These events bring together a wide range of companies and professionals, starting connections that can open doors to exciting opportunities. Additionally, attending a pop-up career fair allows individuals to explore various industries and companies they may not have considered otherwise. It is a chance to broaden one’s horizons and gain insight into emerging career opportunities. These events offer invaluable insights, career advice, and skill-building opportunities that can enhance your professional journey.


Whether you have decided on a major or are still trying to determine what your future will hold, a Pop-Up Career Fair is for you. There are employers from all backgrounds and fields, serving as the perfect platform for you to get out there and explore all the possibilities there are to offer. As you navigate from one table to the next, you have the chance to connect with passionate professionals who can inform you about the intricacies of their given field. Whether it is technology, healthcare, finance, or any other sector, a pop-up fair provides a hands-on experience in understanding the roles, responsibilities, and cultures of different organizations.


At a Pop-Up Career Fair, there are various individuals in attendance, such as potential employers, students, industry professionals, and recruiters. Each attendee is eagerly awaiting the opportunity to get to know you and share information about their company. To make an impression and ensure that these valuable connections extend beyond the event, consider carrying business cards or printed copies of your resume. This simple yet strategic step can pave the way for ongoing professional relationships even after the Pop-Up Fair concludes.


Considering working an internship or job in the near future? Now is your time to get yourself out there and start searching. Employers attending career fairs are on the lookout for individuals who not only possess the qualifications and experience needed for specific roles, but also exhibit a passion for the industry. Each booth represents a potential step to your next professional adventure, but it’s not just about securing a job; it’s about finding the right fit that aligns with your aspirations and values. A career fair is a space where connections are made and the first steps toward a fulfilling career path are taken. Pop-Up Career Fairs are a place that can lead to both immediate opportunities and long-term success in the ever-evolving world of work.


Now that you know why you should attend, let’s talk about how to prepare for a Pop-Up Career Fair. On Handshake, students can register to attend and view all participating companies and employers that will be present. Before attending, research companies that interest you and prepare questions. Walking into a Pop-Up Career Fair ready helps you maximize the benefits you receive in return. Along with being prepared comes dressing in professional attire. Good first impressions are key when entering the career field, so your attire can go a long way before you ever have the chance to speak a word. Finally, stay open minded. You never know what opportunities, connections, and conversations will present themselves at a Pop-Up Career Fair, so do not close yourself to anything that may come your way.

Whether you’re a student still working on your academic path or a seasoned professional seeking new horizons, these fairs cater to all. They provide a unique chance to engage with passionate professionals, expand your network, and gain invaluable insights and advice. By attending, you’re taking a proactive step towards shaping your future and uncovering opportunities that can lead to both immediate and long-term success in the ever-evolving world of work. So, prepare, dress professionally, stay open-minded, and make the most of these invaluable experiences at Pop-Up Career Fairs. Your journey to a fulfilling career begins here.

Interested in attending a Pop-Up Career Fair on campus?  Log into Handshake and sign up for our upcoming fair on September 19th TODAY!


Kennedy Robinson | Marketing & Communication Intern

The 5 must-haves on your Handshake profile!

Are you an active Handshake user? Have you logged in to Handshake before? If you answered no to both of these questions, we have some news for you. We recently hosted our Handshake University Relationship Manager, José Longo, on College of Charleston’s campus. He taught us the ins-and-outs of how we can better assist our students in understanding this platform while cultivating student engagement.

José Longo pictured with Karen Fritchman, Director of Employer Relations 

In this blog post, we will share what you should add to your profile TODAY to help you get the job you were destined for.

Want to quickly and easily increase your chances of finding the job you want on Handshake? Add your job interests to your profile.

When you fill in your interests, two really great things happen:

  • Handshake will send you better, more relevant job recommendations.
  • You’re more likely to have a recruiter message you directly! 80% of students who share their interests on Handshake receive a message from a recruiter. The more you include, the better your chances of having a recruiter find YOU.

That’s a pretty big return on not a lot of work. And the best part is – filling out your interests is as easy as sharing your opinion with Handshake. Who knows what you like and don’t like better than you?!

So, what even are job interests?

The “Your Interests” section of your Handshake profile is only visible to employers, and includes:

  • Job Hunt
  • Job Type
  • Cities
  • Roles
  • Industries

These are common fields that employers use to search for potential candidates – so including them on your profile is essential to getting recruited.

What are you looking for?

  • Job Hunt: are you actively looking for a job? Check the box so that employers can see that you are #opentowork.
  • Job Interests: select part-time job, full-time job, on-campus job, or internship. Looking for an on-campus job for now and an internship for next summer? You can select more than one job type, and Handshake will share recommendations for both.
  • Cities: choose the places that you would like to work in or near. There are thousands of employers on Handshake from every corner of the country, so we recommend being open to exploring jobs in a few different locations. You never know where your next opportunity could take you.
  • Roles: select at least three job roles that interest you. Handshake will give you suggestions based on your major, school and city. You can also search the job role pages to learn more about what you would like to do.
  • Industries: keep in mind that your major does not always necessarily have to equal your career. Add some industries that interest you based on your experiences, and Handshake will take care of the rest!

You might be thinking, “What if I don’t know exactly what I am looking for?” That’s okay. Handshake will give you some suggestions. And, like the rest of your profile information, you can always go back and change your interests later. Your Handshake profile is the key to finding jobs and internships that are the right fit for YOU, and getting recruited by the employers you want to work for. Did you know you can also view your profile from an employer’s point of view? This will give you an exact idea of what they will see when viewing your profile.

Ready to find the right job or internship for you? What are you waiting for?! Log into Handshake and fill in your interests TODAY!

What better way to bring this full circle than to attend the Career Center’s HANDSHAKE RELAUNCH PARTY by registering through Handshake! Want to dive deeper into the possibilities within this platform? Handshake is turning 5 on College of Charleston’s campus this year, and we want to take you to infinity and beyond providing you with the best opportunities. The key to that is understanding what Handshake has to offer. Will we see you there?

Brandon Mills | Career Coach

Welcome to Fall Semester!

Whether you’re a new Cougar on the block as a first year or transfer student, or you are continuing your studies at CofC, the Career Center has created a guide on how to navigate our resources. If you are undecided on a major, exploring internship options, revising your resume, looking for an on-campus job, or want to prepare for your job search prior to graduation, the Career Center is the best place to start! 


  • Take a look at our Available Student Services for a brief overview of the services provided by the CofC Career Center including on and off-campus employment opportunities, online resources, and more!  
  • Check out our Students page on the Career Center website to browse opportunities for support and assistance throughout your college career, from major exploration and assessment to experiential learning and networking.  
  • Meet with us! We offer a variety of ways that you can meet with a Career Coach or other staff members, including drop-in hours and 1:1 appointment options. 


  • Check out our Career Success Plan. As a College of Charleston student, the key to developing a successful career plan is starting early and being consistent. There are specific actions you can take during each year of college to set yourself up for career success upon graduation. Adjust the timeline of the plan to meet your needs. 
  • Utilize Handshake and be on the lookout for our weekly Cougsletter to see where you can find us out and about on campus at various tabling events, as well as other ways you can interact with us through workshops, pop-up fairs, and more! 
  • Follow the CofC Career Center on Instagram @careercofc to stay up-to-date on offered programs!  


  • Attend our Choosing A Major workshop in conjunction with the Academic Advising and Planning Center if you are interested in exploring your options regarding choosing, changing, or adding a major.  
  • Check out our Career Readiness Series workshops focused on tailoring your resume and cover letter to best connect with employers, mastering the internship search, and organizing your graduate and professional school application materials.  
  • Can’t attend workshops in-person? ALL of our workshops are recorded and posted under the ‘Events’ tab in Handshake 


  • Attend a pop-up fair to meet local employers and learn about their opportunities.  
  • Stay tuned for information on our Handshake ReLAUNCH; you won’t want to miss this!  
  • The Career Center is hosting a Career Cookout during Weeks of Welcome! Come get a hotdog or hamburger, play some lawn games, and network with the Career Center and employers!  

We look forward to seeing you back on campus soon and welcoming the Class of 2027 to Cougar Country! Go Cougs!  

Brandon Mills | Career Coach  

Meet the Career Center Team!

Operations Team 

Jim Allison | Executive Director

Lois DiClemente | Office Manager

Career Education Team 

Jen Wells | Director for Career Education

Maura Woods | Career Coach

Brandon Mills | Career Coach

Employer Relations Team 

Karen Fritchman | Director of Employer Relations

Kristin Wichmann | Associate Director for Experiential Learning

Financial Wellness Team 

Liz Cooper | Associate Director for Financial Wellness

Student Employment Team 

Scott Howard | Director, Student Employment Program

Chrystal Grant | Student Employment/JLD Specialist

Niki Ruff | Student Employment Specialist

Welcome to the Cougar Career Column!

Welcome to the Cougar Career Column! Whether you are a current student, a fresh graduate, or a seasoned professional, you’ve come to the right place. Our blog is dedicated to providing you with the resources, guidance, and inspiration you need to navigate the ever-evolving world of work and achieve your professional goals. We understand that the journey to finding a fulfilling career can be daunting; the job market is competitive, industries are rapidly changing, and new technologies continue to reshape the workplace. That’s why we’re here to empower you with the knowledge and tools to thrive in this dynamic landscape – and trust me, you are not alone.

Our team at the Career Center is committed to bringing you valuable insights and practical advice on a wide range of career-related topics that may include: internship search, interview preparation, post-graduate job search, and more! From resume writing and choosing a major to networking strategies and personal branding, we cover it all! The Career Center staff, as well as some of our student employees, Peer Career Advisors and Marketing & Communication Intern look forward to providing you with quality information regarding your career-related needs.

Our goal is to equip you with the skills and knowledge to stay ahead in your chosen field and make informed decisions about your career path. We encourage you to explore our blog, engage with our content, and join our vibrant community of career enthusiasts. Feel free to leave comments, ask questions, and share your own experiences.

Remember, your career is a journey, and we are here to support you in finding your best path forward. Together, let’s unlock your full potential, achieve your career aspirations, and create a future full of professional success and personal fulfillment. We’re so glad you’re here!


See you around,

Brandon Mills | Career Coach