Students and recruiters benefit at job fair

Published: March 17, 2016


Just in case anyone missed it, the annual Career and Internship fair held by The Center for Career Development was March 9 in the Byron Recreation Complex.

In reality, to have not known about this opportunity you must have recently crawled out from under a rock, so in that case welcome back. More than 100 companies attended the event looking to hire from every major. The event was the biggest job fair ever held on campus and it was a success, according to the Center for Career Development.

The more than 100 companies in attendance included everyone from PwC, which was looking for accounting majors, to the United States Postal Service, which was looking for information technology majors. The Byron was packed with tables set up in a track-like pattern.

The gym had a constant murmur of students and recruiters conversing and scanning over resumes. From open to close the fair had a constant stream of students flowing in and out. You could see how some students came in with planned courses, making a beeline for their most desirable company, while others meandered around and talked to the most interesting looking companies they saw on the spot. Both strategies seemed to work well, and students got the chance to get face-to-face with recruiters. Students relished in the opportunity to speak with recruiters, though it can be a nerve-racking experience.

So what happens if you missed this year’s fair? Well fear not, there will be another in the fall and another this time next year. The fair is a unique opportunity to learn exactly what companies are looking for, and have them put a face to your name.

Often times a resume tells companies what you do rather than who you are. But when you get the chance to speak face-to-face with a recruiter, they get a chance to see who you are. This also works the other way around. By speaking to a recruiter you can get a sense of the company’s culture. The fair is useful for all grades, not just juniors and seniors.

Tim Connelly, a first-year chemistry and business major, enjoyed the fair even though he was one of the youngest in attendance.

“It was an amazing experience to see what the job application process is really like, and to get practice at what the process is like,” Connelly said.

The committee in charge of the event put a lot of time and effort into making it the best experience for both students and recruiters, and it payed off. The fair was an excellent experience for everyone involved.

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