January 29, 2021

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Reynaldo Maestas

Las Vegas, N.M. – New Mexico Highlands University will host a free virtual career fair for its students and alumni Feb. 10 from 10 a.m to 2 p.m.

More than 40 employers will participate in the Highlands virtual career fair.

“The first step to participating in the virtual career fair is to establish a Handshake account, the largest online career community for college students,” said Reynaldo Maestas, director, Highlands Center for Professional Development and Career Readiness. “Handshake is comparable to LinkedIn, but for higher education. Once Highlands students or alumni create their account, they get access to thousands of employers to search for and vice versa. Employers can seek out students based upon their profiles, their resumes, and cover letters that they upload.”

To create a Handshake account, Highlands students and alumni can use this link:

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Next, participants need to pre-register for the virtual career fair by clicking on this link:


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“With a virtual career fair you can participate from the comfort of your home and use social distance. We bring more than 40 employers for you to choose from and sign up for sessions without leaving your desk. We adapted and conformed to what was happening with the pandemic and we are happy to offer this virtual option,” Maestas said.

Maestas said there are a wide range of employers attending the virtual career fair and the list is growing daily.

“We have corporations like T-Mobile to national organizations like HACU (Hispanic Association of College and Universities), local organization like Santa Fe Public Schools and federal employers like the F.B.I. The list is robust and diverse,” Maestas said.

Maestas said Highlands students and alumni need to be prepared for the virtual career fair.

“Make sure you have an updated resume to share with employers, whether it is going to be for employment or an internship. A cover letter is important as well and should be tailored to the specific job or internship being applied for,” Maestas said.

For questions related to Handshake and registering for the virtual career fair, contact Maestas at reynaldo@nmhu.edu For questions related to resumes, cover letters and interviewing, contact Robert Marek, student employment coordinator, at rmarek@nmhu.edu

This is the second virtual career fair for Highlands. The first was in October, 2020.

“We have already doubled our employer participation for the spring virtual career fair and hope to significantly increase our student and alumni registration,” Maestas said.

More career development resources for Highlands students and alumni are available online at the Highlands Center for Professional Development and Career Readiness https://www.nmhu.edu/career-services/