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Business EXPO

If you are an employer looking to source early career business talent, and/or experienced graduate level business students, then attending our Business EXPO definitely needs to be part of your recruiting strategy. These events are hosted each semester and typically attract over 100 employers from all sectors and over 1000 students from all majors and programs. See below for details about recent and upcoming events.


Spring 2019 Business Expo

February 6, 2019


 What to Do/Expect as an Employer

Initial Registration

Registration is a two step process. 

  1. Be sure you're registered in Handshake, USC's job board and recruiting system. If you are new to Handshake, it takes approximately 48-72 hours to get approved. For more information, you can see our Handshake fact sheet.
  2. Pay for your table in Eventbrite. If you haven't paid, your table is not reserved. 

If you do not complete the first step, students will not be able to see what positions you have available. If you do not complete the second step, you will not have a table.

If you have any questions, please contact Dawn Marshá at 803-777-5042 or

Event Location

The event will be held at the Carolina Coliseum. 

Carolina Coliseum
701 Assembly St. 
Columbia, SC 29201

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Posting Jobs

You must visit Handshake to enter available positions. For all postings, there is an approval process which takes 24-72 hours. We strongly encourage you to post well in advance of the event to give students time to research the positions. 

You can view our Handshake registration flyer if you are new to the system. 

If you need more information on posting jobs, you can view our Handshake job posting flyer.

Hotel Information

You can find a number of hotels in the area by visiting the University of South Carolina's Explore Columbia page. 

Shipping Your Materials

Materials should not be sent to the Moore School. Please use the address below to ship materials. All materials must arrive by January 30. 

Shipping Address:
Carolina Coliseum
Business Office, Room 402
ATTN: Michelle Knight
Moore School of Business EXPO
701 Assembly Street
Columbia, SC 29201

General Info on Parking, Lunch, etc. 

Location: Carolina Colisium 701 Assembly St, Columbia, SC 29201

Check-in time:  Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m.

Parking: Parking is provided in the City Garage. Parking passes will be given at check-in. 

Lunch:  to maximize your time with our students, lunch will be available between 11 a.m. and 12 p.m.

Breaking Down

Please have all items broken down and prepared for shipping by 4:00pm on the day of EXPO.

All companies are responsible for return shipment of their items. Please contact your carrier for pickup from the address above. Prepare and attach return shipment labels to items to be shipped via FedEx or UPS.

Take items to the designated shipping area which will be clearly posted for pickup. If you are not personally attending the event, we ask that you please provide this information to the appropriate colleague(s) who are.

Interviewing Students


  1. Visit EVENTBRITE to select and pay for your EXPO table
    Answer "yes"/"no" to the order form question "will you be joining us for interviews the following day?"
  2. If "yes", answer following questions about number of booths and lunch attendance
  3. Reserve your space by requesting your interviews in Handshake.
  4. Review the EXPO page in Handshake for more details. 
  5. Barbie Smrekar, in USC's main Career Center, will work directly with you on your schedule. 
Can Other Majors Attend?

 No, this event is exclusively for business majors. 

Tips and Prep for Students

Research the Companies

The number one suggestion received from employers is that students need to research each company they wish to meet prior to approaching a fair table. Do not ask recruiters what positions they have open, or what they can do for you. Know the company’s mission and cultural values, and which positions are open by viewing Handshake or their careers website. The more informed you are, the better your chances are of promoting your abilities and securing an interview.

Once registration opens you will be able to find a list of companies and what positions they're looking to hire for.

Questions? Contact the Office of Career Management (OCM) 803-777-0149.

Prepare Yourself 

Prepare! Do not wait until the last minute- coaching appointment availability will be limited as the event date draws closer (prepare for longer than normal wait times). Visit Blackboard to find your major-specific career coach's contact information so you can make an appointment. You can also walk in to the Office of Career Management Monday through Thursday from 1:00 until 3:00.

Visit the Office of Career Management (OCM) at least 3 weeks prior to better prepare yourself, your resume, and your pitch.

Questions? Contact the Office of Career Management (OCM). 803-777-0149.

Practice Your Pitch

You have 30 seconds to tell the employer how you can add value to their organization and how  your qualifications fit their hiring needs. Do your research, practice in the mirror, practice with a friend, and stop by the Office of Career Management for guidance on crafting the perfect pitch. 

Questions? Contact the Office of Career Management (OCM). 803-777-0149.

Looks Matter: Dress to Impress

First impressions last!

Ladies: Wear dress slacks or a skirt that falls at or below the knee, paired with a suit jacket and a dress shirt or blouse. Make sure your hair isn't covering your nametag. Tight fitting or low cut clothing is not considered professional.

Gents: Wear a dark suit, iron your shirt and slacks, wear a tie, nice shoes, and make sure your hair is nicely groomed. If you don't have a suit, a dark sports coat and slacks will do. 

Modest dress is best for networking events. If you have questions, contact one of our career coaches in the Office of Career Management at 803-777-0149.

If you would like to borrow professional attire in lieu of making a purchase for the event, you may contact Carolina Closet to book an appointment. 

Your EXPO Checklist

Here are a few suggestions on what to bring with you on the day of EXPO:

  • Several copies of your resume on resume paper. 
  • A padfolio to take notes in
  • A professional bag
  • Comfortable shoes
  • A smile and lots of confidence 
Be Confident

We know you'll be nervous, and so do the employers. That's okay. Just make sure you speak loudly enough to be heard, clearly enough to be understood and eloquently enough to show off how awesome you are. 

Approach the recruiter, shake their hand firmly (no weak wrists, or sweaty palms), give them your 30-second pitch, maintain eye contact, and make sure to ask questions that show you have researched the company and the position.  

MAKE SURE YOUR PHONE IS ON SILENT OR VIBRATE and out of sight during all discussions with recruiters. 

Pro Tip: Make a practice run with one of your peers or with the Office of Career Management staff. You can reach the OCM at 803-777-0149.

Follow Up

Make sure you close your pitch by asking the recruiter the best way to follow up and when to do it. Most importantly, follow their directions. Request contact information if it's available, or find it on LinkedIn or the company web site. It's YOUR responsibility to find the information. 

After leaving the table, take a moment to jot down a few key things you learned to include in your follow up email. 

If you forget to ask, the best practice is, within 48 hours, to send a short email that thanks them for speaking with you at the event, expresses enthusiasm for the position, and asks about next steps in the hiring process.