After serving hundreds of higher education institutions for 10+ years, we’re proud to add Virtual Career Fairs to Firsthand’s all-in-one Pay it Forward Platform. 

To say 2020 has been rough for academic institutions, new grads, and employers would be an understatement. That’s why we challenged ourselves to create a solution that wasn’t just as good as an in-person job fair, but actually better.

In speaking with clients, it was clear that success wasn’t about recreating a crowded virtual event hall with avatars rather than people or digital queues of students waiting for the chance to speak with an employer. The key was to focus on authentic and impactful one on one connections. 

At Firsthand, it’s our mission to democratize careers for the full spectrum of students. We believe everyone deserves an equal shot at academic and professional success, and it’s our job to create products to make that happen amid any economic backdrop. So, we rolled up our sleeves, got to work, and can’t wait to share some of our favorite features we built below. 

Spark authentic connections

Pre-scheduled 1:1 meetings with employers guarantee access to impactful conversations and opportunities for your entire spectrum of students, wherever they are

Empower your employers

Employers can fully customize their booth, host live events like webinars and group chats, feature resources, showcase job openings, and get reports on which attendees were most engaged.

Host unlimited fairs

Set up all your fairs in just a few minutes at no extra cost – whether it’s fall and spring career fairs, student orientations, or clubs. With a fixed annual fee, there’s no limit to the number of fairs, exhibitors or attendees.

Right people, right fair

Run fairs for everyone in your community or target specific groups, from the school of business to graduating seniors.

First virtual fair? We’ll help

Firsthand gives you everything you need to manage your fairs in one place. But if you need an extra hand, we can help with planning, setup, marketing and day-of fair support.

If you’re interested in implementing Firsthand virtual careers fairs, but don’t know where to start, drop us a line at or request a demo with our team. We’d love to hear from you!

We also recently sat down with Jim Lowe, Assistant Vice Provost at UConn and Stephanie Francis, Internship Coordinator at Sacramento State to find out how they launched successful career fairs this spring. You can check out the webinar here.