The Cross College Alliance (CCA) Reverse Career Fair—a
fully virtual and free event—will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Thurs. March 25 live on Remo.
Employers from across the state and nation will be recruiting top talent from the Florida
Suncoast. More than 50 students from New College of Florida, Ringling College of Art and
Design, State College of Florida and the University of South Florida will represent themselves
during this networking opportunity.
The National Association of Colleges and Employers has recognized the uniqueness and efficacy
of this event and its format, which differs greatly from traditional career fairs. The aim of a
“reverse” career fair is to spotlight students (so that each student has a table where they greet and
interview potential employers—not the other way around).
“At a regular career fair, by happenstance, the right student might come to an employer’s table,
or--in many cases--recruiters leave without any good candidates,” said Dwayne Peterson, the
director of New College’s Center for Career Engagement and Opportunity (CEO) and one of the
event organizers. “From an employer’s perspective, this year’s Reverse Career Fair offers a
guaranteed return on investment because recruiters can target and meet talented candidates with
diverse interests (and educational backgrounds) that specifically align with their hiring needs--all
in an interactive, virtual environment.”
And this is the second year the 2018-founded event has gone virtual—a shift necessitated by the
COVID-19 pandemic. In March 2020, 76 employer representatives participated, and more than
half of all student participants were offered at least one interview (several also landed jobs and
Employers can register for the Cross College Alliance Reverse Career Fair at
About the Cross College Alliance (CCA)
The CCA is comprised of five institutions dedicated to higher education and community building
along Florida’s West Coast: New College of Florida, Ringling College of Art and Design, State
College of Florida, the University of South Florida and The Ringling. This network amplifies
and expands learning opportunities for students and the community.