TPE OnsiteCandidates

  • Amanda Finzi-Smith | Candidate

    I was extremely excited to get to meet the school I had been dreaming of working for.

    This could not have been possible without TPE Onsite and the once in a lifetime opportunity that it has provided me in getting my dream job.

  • Peter Huu Tran | Candidate

    I am glad I got to experience TPE Onsite.

    It was refreshing to see so many professionals in the field and soon-to-be professionals preparing for what they love to do.

  • Lukas Miedreich | Candidate

    Sometimes it's best to step outside of your comfort zone and see what life has in store for you!

    An interview turned into my dream job, and now my dream job is a reality!

  • Jeremy Miller | Candidate

    TPE Onsite was nothing short of a life changing experience.

    This was the only time and place that I could simulaneously pursue career opportunities while meeting amazing people from all over the country.

  • Lerren Tyler | Candidate

    I'm a firm believer that everything happens for a reason and I was meant to attend TPE Onsite.

    Here I am with my dream job at a great school with a great group of people all thanks to that chance encounter at TPE Onsite.

  • Scott Thomas | Candidate

    I was challenged to perform in a professional format. I was also encouraged to begin building a professional network within the field of Student Affairs.

    I have not seen an equivalent for the opportunity that TPE Onsite afforded me. I strongly recommend the experience to all graduate students!  

Take the Next Step on Your Career Path

TPE 2021 - A Virtual Event

For over 10 years, The Placement Exchange has focused on providing a high-quality, comprehensive job search experience which prepares candidates for every aspect of the search process. This effort is led by a team of professionals who are experts in our field and represent the numerous functional areas in Higher Education and Student Affairs. Through our commitment to excellence, strong customer service, professional development, and education, we devote our energy to building a positive, synergistic, innovative, and educational career placement experience for all TPE stakeholders.   

We understand the current uncertainty around spring recruitment season and hiring possibilities. A completely virtual TPE will also provide for greater flexibility for candidates, as well as fewer financial limitations (travel, hotel, time away from work, etc.) for both candidates and interview teams.  TPE will spend the next few months continuing to focus on building a new and enhanced virtual TPE experience to best serve the needs of our candidates in this current landscape. We are committed to moving forward and making TPE Virtual even better than our traditional onsite event. 

Job searching isn't easy yet over 92% past candidates recommend TPE Onsite to other candidates and a remarkable 99%+ of participating employers recommend the event. TPE Onsite averages over 10,000 onsite interviews while creating a personalized, comfortable experience for candidates and employers.  TPE is transitioning to a virtual event for 2021.  TPE Virtual will maintain the opportunity for personalized connections, quality jobs, and efficiency of interviews, while increasing opportunities to connect with more employers.  And, the Virtual format will remove many of the barriers and limitations of our former place-based event ... no expensive plane tickets, hotels or meals and no unneccessary time away from work, school, family, or other commitments. 

Whether you need assistance with career and resume advice, interview scheduling, connecting with TPE partner associations, or help navigating any aspects of the job search process, TPE is your go-to resource and the TPE team will be here every step of the way. It is no accident that TPE candidates are moe likely to find jobs than their colleagues. We look forward to keeping our record strong and partnering with you to make this your best placement experience ever.

TPE 365 - Year Round Resources for TPE Candidates

Visit Our Upcoming Events & Video Library for Previously Recorded Sessions 

Check out our TPE Blog Page for Stories and Tips to Aid in your Caree Development

Featured Resources

TPE Story Shorts 

A new bi-monthly program! For our TPE Story Shorts, we invite our guests to share a 15-minute personal story about a learning experience in their professional careers that relates to the topic.  The anecdote might be humorous or moving, about success or failure.  The goal is to help other TPE constituents hear a perspective to a situation that is similar to one that they too are experiencing, while also building connections with other professionals. Ideally, the big picture is that through these bi-monthly very short narratives that participants will gain insight into the wide variety of ways that student affairs professionals navigate their careers.  The story will be followed by 15 minutes of Q&A/discussion.  The entire event is just thirty minutes—a short break before people continue with their days.   

TPE JumpStart: JumpStart your Job Search (A Program for 2nd Year Graduate Students)

One of the most noticeable (and lingering) consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic is the impact on employment nationwide, particularly within Higher Education and Student Affairs. Given today's landscape of hiring freezes and furloughs, redistributed workloads, and new job responsibilities as a response to COVID, the "how-tos" of the #SAGrad and #SAPro job search have changed. With fewer available jobs, graduate students and new professionals must look differently towards opportunities within Student Affairs, including searching for Higher Ed/Student Affairs adjacent roles. 

This 4-part series for 2nd-year graduate students will provide a “jumpstart” to the job search process. Sessions will provide practical tips for job search readiness to help participants stand out among other candidates.  Topics will include: 

The Job Search Process Part 1: Navigating a 2021 Job Search (October 8)

The Job Search Process Part 2: Exploring Your Options (Functional areas, institution types, geographic location, etc.) (October 15)

The Job Search Process Part 3: Articulating your Value (Resume, Cover Letter, Elevator Pitch, Interview, Follow-Up) (October 22)

The Job Search Process Part 4: Making Connections and Next Steps (October 29)


TPE 2020 Registration Has Now Closed... We will see you in Spring 2021 for TPE Virtual 2021

(Until then, check out our virtual sessions and blogs for up to date content and happenings!)

Get face-to-face access to thousands of employer representatives at the best annual onsite event. 

Registration opens early Winter.



Candidate Event Registration - Graduate Student
Candidate Event Registration - Professional

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Education & Assistance

Candidate Orientation 

Join the TPE Candidate Development Team to get an overview of the event from the candidate’s point of view! - More information in early Spring

Candidate Round Tables

Want to grab a quick dialogue with fellow colleagues? Stay tuned for the announcement the event series of round table discussions. - More information in early Spring

Professional Coaches

Student Affairs professionals serve as coaches throughout the event and are available to answer questions and ease concerns about the placement process. In addition, coaches assist by looking over your resume, helping you prepare for interviews, or simply lending a caring ear. The mid-level candidates lounge features senior-level professionals who can provide sage advice on how to successfully navigate the next stage of your career. - More information in early Spring

Career Resources

Candidate Virtual Lounge

Utilize the drop-in virtual workrooms for quick questions and advice.

Mail System

Please utilize e-mail and our TPE Online Messaging System to communicate with Employers.

Quick Stats

  • 92%

    The percentage of candidates who recommend the TPE Onsite
    to fellow candidates

  • 13,084

    The largest number of onsite interviews conducted during TPE Onsite

  • 98%

    The percentage of employers who recommend the TPE Onsite
    to their colleagues

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