Vermont Virtual Job Fair highlights strong job market across the state

Vermont Business Magazine As students and graduates explore the job market this spring, Vermont’s colleges remind them they don’t have to look far to find life-changing career opportunities.

On Thursday, February 23, the Vermont Department of Labor, the University of Vermont and Saint Michael’s College will collaborate with Champlain College, Middlebury College, Norwich University and Bennington College to host the inaugural Vermont Virtual Job Fair to connect job seekers with some of the top employers in the state.

“Students and employers will be able to connect more easily by meeting virtually during this event, giving students a wider range of potential jobs, and employers a more diverse pool from which to recruit,” said Saint Michael’s College Director of Career Education Ingrid Peterson. “We’re excited that students will have this opportunity to connect with employers throughout Vermont, thanks to this partnership of colleges and universities across the state.”

The virtual job fair will feature a variety of Vermont-based companies from different industries including research, engineering, aerospace, science, education, finance, and more. The City of Burlington, Darn Tough, Galen Healthcare Solutions, Hayward Tyler, Johnson Lambert, and Vermont Outdoor Business Alliance will be among the many companies represented.

“The need for virtual recruitment opportunities coupled with hiring challenges Vermont employers face when seeking qualified candidates resulted in piloting this multi-college virtual event that connects an array of Vermont employers to a diverse group of talent from our higher education institutions,” said Vermont Department of Labor Commissioner Michael Harrington.

The Vermont Virtual Job Fair will be hosted on Handshake, one of the top recruiting platforms used by colleges and universities. The virtual fair experience offers students the chance to meet individually with recruiters, submit resumes, and learn more about opportunities in a business or industry through group Q&A sessions.

“Job and internship opportunities in the state are abundant,” said Amanda Van Vranken, UVM Career Center’s Assistant Director for External Partnerships. “With the competitive job market, this collaborative recruiting event increases opportunities for our students and recent graduates to find their next job right here in Vermont.”

The fair will be promoted to students attending a higher ed institution in the state of Vermont, who can sign on to the Handshake platform with their .edu email. To join Handshake and to register for the Vermont Virtual Job Fair, go to:

About the University of Vermont

Since 1791, the University of Vermont has worked to move humankind forward. UVM’s strengths align with the most pressing needs of our time: the health of our societies and the health of our environment. Our size—large enough to offer a breadth of ideas, resources, and opportunities, yet intimate enough to enable close faculty-student mentorship across all levels of study—allows us to pursue these interconnected issues through cross-disciplinary research and collaboration. Providing an unparalleled educational experience for our students, and ensuring their success, are at the core of what we do. As one of the nation’s first land grant universities, UVM advances Vermont and the broader society through the discovery and application of new knowledge.

UVM is derived from the Latin Universitas Viridis Montis (in English, University of the Green Mountains).