Employer Services - Information Sessions

A well orchestrated information session can be an integral part of your overall campus recruiting strategy.  Hosting a session allows you to promote your organization and opportunities and meet prospective candidates.  Refer to our three step process for booking and hosting a successful event below.  Please note that the Career Center does not allow alcoholic beverages to be served at any event on or off campus.

Consulting Firms and Investment Banks: Step 1: Plan your Date

In order to avoid overlapping events, the Career Center coordinates information session dates for consulting firms and investment banks.  You must reserve a date and time to hold your info session before you begin to set it up.  View available dates here

Coordinate the date of your information session with other campus activities, such as:

Many employers hold their events during the resume submission period for their OCR interviews, or the evening before, to fill empty slots on their interview schedules.

Contact Employer Relations at (510) 642-0464 or ocr@berkeley.edu if you need assistance with choosing a date.

All other Employers: Step 1: Plan your Date

Coordinate the date of your information session with your other campus activities, such as:

Many employers hold their events during the resume submission period for their OCR interviews, or the evening before, to fill empty slots on their interview schedules.

Contact Employer Relations at (510) 642-0464 or ocr@berkeley.edu if you need assistance with choosing a date.

Step 2: Book your Venue

Review this list of popular campus venues.  You may choose a venue from this list, or another venue of your choice, and must make all arrangements directly with that venue.

Step 3: Advertise your Information Session

Once you have made all of the arrangements with the venue of your choice, log in to Handshake and select Create an Event to submit your information session details.  We will approve your event so that students can view the event on the Handshake calendar and RSVP.  We also recommend that you:

  • Request our Student Email Service to send an email blast to students in Handshake.  This service costs $150/message;
  • Use the search tool in Handshake to create a customized search and message students you would like to invite to your event;
  • Invite student organizations to your event.  The Career Center partners with certain clubs and provides contact details on our web site.
  • Post your current jobs in Handshake and include event details in the job descriptions.

Graduate and Professional Schools

Graduate and Professional Schools may wish to host an information session on or near campus.  Follow these steps to complete the process:

  1. Create an account in Handshake, our career management platform, that includes an events calendar;
  2. Choose a venue from the list on our web site.  You must contact the venue directly and make all necessary arrangements.  Space may be available in the Career Center's Blue & Gold rooms.  To make a reservation, review available dates and booking instructions on our web site.  We recommend that you schedule your room at least 6 weeks in advance for maximum space availability and publicity purposes;
  3. Once you have confirmed your room, post the event details on Handshake and submit this form so that we can include your event in our CareerMail e-newsletters.

If you have questions, contact Santina Pitcher at santina@berkeley.edu.

Best Practices

Based on feedback from students and our experience, we recommend that you:

  • Plan your event around other campus recruiting activities, such as on-campus interviews and career fairs;
  • Host the event Tuesday-Thursday evenings between 5:00pm - 9:00pm;
  • Hold the event for no more than an hour with a mix of a 30 minute presentation and a 30 minute networking session;
  • Provide details about current job opportunities and how to apply for them;
  • Bring Cal alumni, if possible, or recent college grads;
  • Engage students with product displays and demos.