The University of New Mexico’s Career Services is partnering with employers to offer virtual career events in April.

UNM is typically home to the Educator’s Job Fair and the Student Job and Internship Fair, but this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, departments and programs are having to find creative ways to help keep Lobos on the path of success.

The fairs create opportunities for job seekers to meet with recruiters from local and national educational institutions and business corporations.

Louie Lobo and Jenna Crabb

Jenna Crabb, UNM Career Services director, said 19 organizations have agreed to patriciate in virtual career events via the Handshake database.

“In unprecedented times like these, we are trying to find ways our employers can still meet and hire our students for their organizational needs,” Crabb said. “We have many organizations still needing to hire and fill open positions.”

The UNM Handshake database is available to all students, alumni, faculty, staff and community members who register and view the database. Members can create their own profile and begin to sort through related opportunities and events that connect them to more than 11,000 employers. 

“Connecting with our employers is incredibly important during this time of uncertainty for both students and employers,” Crabb said. “We want to make sure we are providing every opportunity we can to meet the needs of both our UNM community and our employer partners."

The database includes more than 8,000 job opportunities and internships. UNM students and alumni can apply for jobs and internships using the Handshake database.  

Crabb said Career Services is still scheduling virtual appointments during the University’s time of limited operations.