An event to challenge your job readiness skills and earn the chance to win a prize!

First Round

September 14 - September 15

Competitors submit a LinkedIn profile for judging in one of the following industry tracks:

(1) Environmental Sustainability or Technology

(2) Healthcare or Nonprofit

(3) Entrepreneurship


September 16

Top 5 competitors with the highest scores from each industry track will be notified and move on to the final round of the competition.


Final Round

September 30
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm HST
Online via Zoom


Competitors present a live 90 second elevator speech in response to the question: “Tell Me About Yourself.” Elevator speech will be done in a separate breakout room in front of two judges and no audience. 

October 1

Winners will be announced during the Virtual Career Fair Keynote Speaker event.



Why Compete?


We get it. 


Getting out of your comfort zone and putting yourself out there in a competition can be hard. 


But who said growth and change would ever be easy? 


The It Factor Competition is an opportunity for you to build and strengthen your skills so that you can:


  • Talk about your value to employers

  • Prepare yourself for a job search

  • Achieve self-confidence

  • Encourage your classmates or friends to improve their own skills

Meet the Final Round Judges


Environmental Sustainability, Technology 

Kelly J. Ueoka, President, Pacxa

Ari Wong, Chief Ranger, Haleakalā National Park

Healthcare, Nonprofit

Shaynna Pasalo, Recruitment Coordinator, Maui Health

Natalie Millon, President, JCI Hawai'i



Nalani Kaku, Operations Manager, Mana Up Hawai'i

Katie Kaahanui, Program Manager, Hawai'i is Hiring



Resources to Prepare 



The following prizes (or item with equivalent value) will be awarded for the winners of each industry track:

First place - iPad

Second place - AirPods

Third place - Echo



Open to all current students (credit and non-credit) from Hawaiʻi CC, Honolulu CC, Kapiʻolani CC, Kauaʻi CC, Leeward CC, UH Maui College, Windward CC.


There are no costs to sign up or compete. 

To facilitate judging, competitors will need to choose to submit their LinkedIn profile/compete in one of the following categories: Environmental Sustainability, Technology, Healthcare, Nonprofit, Entrepreneurship.

In order to successfully participate, students must have access to the internet, laptop or desktop, microphone or other audio equipment.

Sign Up to Compete

You officially sign up by submitting your LinkedIn profile here [link will not be enabled until the submission period starts at 9:00 am HST on Tuesday, September 14].


The deadline to submit your LinkedIn profile will be 11:59 pm HST on Wednesday, September 15.

If you’d like email reminders about the competition resource events and to submit your profile, please express your interest to compete in the Career Fair Registration Form. 




Competition Sponsors

Mahalo to our generous competition sponsors: JCI Hawaiʻi and Pacxa

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