Faculty and Advisors

 Faculty and staff are vital partners in the career and professional development of students.

Request a Workshop

The Career Center seeks to be your partner in the education of students. We offer a variety of workshops related to career and professional development, and we will work closely with you to customize workshop content to best meet your needs. The Career Center's staff can even come to your classroom if a situation occurs and you would otherwise need to cancel class.

Workshops are available in multiple formats: in-person, virtually, or pre-recorded.

See our list of workshops and request a presentation

Integrating Career Development into Your Classroom

Discover how The Career Center can help you incorporate career and professional development into your curriculum.  We will assist you in creating assignments or develop classroom activities that best meet the needs of your students.  The customized activities will help your students define their career goals, articulate skills, and develop their job search materials. 

Feel free to add our office's information to your syllabus as a resource!

Be mindful of limited services when assignments require a student to use our various services.  Some examples include scheduled drop-in hours, and limits per semester on online reviews (4 per student) and on mock interviews (1 per student).

Please let us know about assignments in advance, especially when anticipating a large number of students.

See Staff Directory for Career Education Team Contacts

Interview Assignments

Faculty are encouraged to use The Career Center’s mock interview resources to support the interview training and professional development that is implemented in the classroom or with students more generally.

The Career Center can assist with interview assignments and practice for students through live mock interviews with a coach and through Big Interview, a web-based interviewing program.

Big Interview is preferred for large lecture classes due to limited resources and interviewer availability. Features include:

  • Create an assignment in Big Interview where student responses can be reviewed and evaluated by the instructor.
  • Add Big Interview as resource on a class syllabus.
  • Choose pre-recorded interview questions from hundreds of industries.

Request a Big Interview Faculty Account

Learn more about Mock Interviews

Resume, Cover Letter, and LinkedIn Assignments

The Career Center can provide reviews of each of these document types, and we would be happy to collaborate on review assignments.  There are multiple methods students may utilize.

Reviews can be conducted in a pre-scheduled appointment with a career coach, or during our drop-in review hours.  Each of these provides a face-to-face review with immediate feedback to the student.

Resume and cover letters may additionally be reviewed through our online review service.  Students submit a document and receive an asynchronous review with feedback provided within 3-5 business days.

Proof of these reviews can be easily provided to the student if required for their assignment.  Appointments and drop-in reviews provide a signed physical document.  Online reviews provide an annotated PDF and an auto-generated email.

Learn more about scheduling a career coaching appointment

Learn more about drop-in reviews

Learn more about online reviews

Employers

 Recruit high-quality students who are the right fit for your organization.

Contact Nikki Mercer to discuss opportunities to collaborate with The Career Center to recruit UIUC students.

Connect with The Career Center- Recruit Students Across All Majors

The Career Center is a part of the division of Student Affairs and serves all Illinois students broadly. If you are looking to hire students regardless of major, or across many majors, the Career Center is ready to help connect you with Illinois talent and share best practices for recruiting at Illinois.

Hire Illini Recruitment Guide

The Career Center's Fairs:

  • Illini Career and Internship Fair
    • Connect with students across all disciplines in this spring fair typically held in April.
  • Part-Time Job Fair
    • Recruit students for non-technical, part-time local jobs in the Champaign-Urbana area. This fair is for employers who have multiple job opportunities available. This fair is traditionally held in early September and late January, although this has varied depending on demand.
  • Educators’ Job Fair
    • The University of Illinois and Eastern Illinois University partner to connect school districts and organizations to teacher candidates and school services personnel from both institutions. The fair is held during the Spring semester (early-March), and the host site rotates between campuses.

Check Handshake @ Illinois seasonally for registration details.

Connect with Specialized Career Services Offices

The University of Illinois has a decentralized career services structure with over 15 career offices serving Illinois students and employers. Based on your needs, it may benefit you to work with multiple offices. Use the Hire Illini Career Services Office Directory to learn more about career services offices who will help you reach your target audience.

Student Enrollment and Hiring Data

View demographic enrollment data about the Illinois student body along with information on post-graduation employment and salaries.

Hire Global Talent

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has one of the largest international student populations in the country. Read our guides to assist you in recruiting this talented student demographic. 

Post a Position

For more details and instructions on how to post a job opening, see the Hire Illini Handshake information page. The Career Center staff cannot forward job openings to students directly or share them via email. When approving job listings posted to Handshake, we follow all established rules and policies by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the Career Services Council at UIUC, and the ethical principles for recruitment established by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE). See the links below for details on these policies.

Utilize our Interview Suite @ 616 E. Green Street

  • Located in the heart of campus near parking, lodging, and restaurants
  • Up to five available interview rooms
  • Large space available for employer information sessions that can accommodate up to 60 guests
  • Request space on Handshake

Admissions Reps

 Recruit high quality students who are the right fit for your school. If you are interested in any of these opportunities to collaborate with The Career Center, please reach out to us.

Contact Christina Huppert if you are a representative or recruiter from a health professions program or school.

Contact Nikki Mercer if you are a representative or recruiter from a graduate or professional school program (non-health).

Graduate and Professional School Fair Registration Now Open!

Over 100 graduate and professional schools from across the United States participate in this annual fair. On average, 700-1,000 Illinois students attend to collect information and materials regarding graduate and professional school opportunities. This event is held annually in the fall semester. This year's fair is scheduled for October 9, 2024. Register Today!

Brand Your Organization: Host an Information Session

Connect with students and build interest in your organization through informational sessions. The Career Center can help organize the date, time and space to host your session on-campus. In addition, your event will be promoted to students.

Brand Your Organization: Contribute to Professional Development

  • Assist with a Professional Development Presentation
    • Join us in presenting a variety of career-related topics to Illinois students, including how to become a competitive candidate and how to apply to graduate and professional school.
    • Meet and build solid relationships with students while also sharing your professional expertise.
  • Conduct Resume or Personal Statement Reviews
    • Provide insight into what your admissions office looks for from prospective applicants
    • Garner interest in your school from top-notch, motivated students

Recruit Talent

Graduate and Professional School Fair

Over 100 graduate and professional schools from across the United States participate in this annual fair. On average, 700-1,000 Illinois students attend to collect information and materials regarding graduate and professional school opportunities. This event is held annually in the fall semester. This year's fair is scheduled for October 9, 2024. Registration Open Now!

Looking for employees as well? Here are some recruitment options:

Illini Career & Internship Fair

Connect with top-notch talent from across the campus at semester fair. Our fall fair is focused on industries seeking students from liberal arts and humanities, media, education, and applied health sciences. Our spring fair is held in April and provides employers an opportunity to recruit students from all disciplines just before the semester ends.

Educators' Job Fair

University of Illinois and Eastern Illinois University are proud to partner to bring school districts and organizations the Educators’ Job Fair featuring talented teacher candidates and school services personnel from both institutions. The fair is held during the Spring semester (early-March), and the host site rotates between campuses.

Student Enrollment Data

View demographic enrollment data about the Illinois student body along with information on post-graduation employment and salaries.

Utilize our Interview Suite @ 616 E. Green Street

  • Located in the heart of campus near parking, lodging, and restaurants
  • Up to five available interview rooms
  • Large space available for employer information sessions that can accommodate up to 60 guests
  • Request space on Handshake