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Career Engagement Summit

Virtual Career Engagement Summit 2021

June 24, 2021
10:00am – 3:45pm

The Career Engagement Summit is a one-day virtual conference that will allow you to interact, connect, and engage with the University of Florida’s Career Connections Center staff. Our 2021 theme is “The Future of Recruiting is Here.” This year’s conference will enhance your recruitment strategy by introducing you to new trends and techniques for building your UF talent pipeline in this new age of recruiting.

Career Engagement Summit Schedule

Opening Session

10:00am – 10:45am EST

Join us as we kick off the 2021 Virtual Career Engagement Summit with the Career Connections Center’s Senior Director, Ja’Net Glover. Ja’Net will highlight priorities for the future of career services and how employers can discover the future of recruiting here at the University of Florida.

Introducing Artificial Intelligence at UF
Dr. David Reed, Associate Provost and point person for the university-wide artificial intelligence initiative will present the 30,000-ft view of AI at UF. UF has invested over $100M in the last year into the AI Initiative. This includes academia’s largest AI supercomputer, $1M in seed funding for AI Research, a new Data Science building, and hiring 100 new faculty. One of the most important aspects of AI at UF relates to workforce training, which Dr. Reed will discuss in more detail.

Career Influencer Awards
The University of Florida Career Influencer Awards celebrate the collaboration and innovation of our partners who have had an exceptional impact on career development and career engagements during the preceding academic year.


10:45am – 11:30am EST

The Virtual Candidate Experience: Students’ Benchmarks and Differentiators

Early Talent consultant and researcher Mary Scott will present the findings of her recent comprehensive study with students at 20 national universities specific to the virtual candidate experience during their job search.  Topics include: the impact of virtual recruiting platforms and tools; the ‘most’ and ‘least’ effective and impressive employer virtual recruiting practices; and students’ preferences for the future state of early talent recruiting.  Prepare to be surprised!

Session 1

11:35am – 12:15pm EST

Student Perspectives Panel

Join us for an interactive Q & A session with some of UF’s top students as they share their feedback and experience about recruitment and employer engagement. Hear from the student perspective about preferences for recruitment activities and what your organization can do to best connect with campus.


12:15pm – 12:45pm EST

Session 2 Breakouts

12:45pm – 1:15pm EST

Tell Gators Who You Are: Employer Branding at UF

Hear from seasoned recruiters about their experience building a brand for their organization on University of Florida’s campus. This presentation will include ideas for maintaining a strong presence when not actively hiring. Recruiters will also discuss best practices for connecting through virtual and in-person interactions with University of Florida students to attract top talent.

Beyond the Job Posting: Innovative Ways to Recruit Gators

UF Career Connections Center staff members will share innovative recruitment strategies and programs to build your pipeline of University of Florida talent. Presenters will share examples of successful employer recruitment initiatives that go beyond the basics. Topics will include information about authentic engagement in the virtual space, creative campus involvement, and ways to connect through the Career Connections Center.

Session 3

1:20pm – 2:00pm EST

Employer Perspectives Panel

Employers from a variety of companies will discuss how the pandemic caused changes to their recruiting strategy and their creative responses. Panelists will share which strategies they will maintain and plans for upcoming recruitment cycles. In addition, employers will include how they have onboarded interns and new hires to ensure their success at the organization.


2:00pm – 2:10pm EST

Session 4

2:10pm – 2:55pm EST

Inclusive Hiring Practices for Campus Recruiters  

This session will outline the ways in which traditional hiring practices can lead to less diverse candidate pools and workplaces. Attendees will learn practical, inclusive hiring practices that help recruiters locate, recruit, and hire diverse students from the UF. Specifically, this presentation will offer alternatives to common recruiting practices that marginalize would-be applicants and create barriers that keep candidates from successfully converting into their organization.

Session 5

3:00pm – 3:45pm EST

Connect with Campus: Virtual Resource Fair

This session will allow attendees to network and learn about a variety of departments on campus, including information about students that engage with these departments, why the skills they are learning are important to future employers and how employers can engage.

Four Reasons You Should Attend the Career Engagement Summit

1. Experience the difference a focused recruitment strategy will make at the University of Florida
2. Interact with current UF student leaders from a diverse group of organizations
3. Connect with UF Career Connections Center staff and learn how to develop your on-campus brand
4. Earn SHRM Professional Development Credits