Fall job fair to aid students and employers

By Julie Listek

Graduating students who are looking for a job or an internship can get a step ahead by attending the 1991 Fall Job Fair, sponsored by the Career Planning and Placement Center.

The job fair, which is organized with help of the Phi Sigma Epsilon fraternity, is designed to help students and employers.

The fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Nov. 13 in the Holmes Student Center’s Duke Ellington Ballroom.

“The program is very beneficial, especially for December graduates,” said Jennifer Brooks, co-coordinator for the fair.

There will be approximately 100 employers at the fair to offer jobs to the 900 to 1000 students who attend, Brooks said.

“It is a really diverse event,” said Placement Counselor Ellen Anderson.

Representatives from technical firms, banks, insurance companies and the U.S. Navy will be at the fair to talk to applicants. There also will be representatives from retail, social service and many other organizations, she said.

Students will be able to register for this event in the Career Planning and Placemant Center or at the door the day of the fair. There is no charge to participate.

A packet about the types of employers and job descriptions can be obtained in the Career Planning and Placement Center. Anderson said she encourages students to read the packet before attending the fair in order to be able to ask the employers more focused questions.

“This (the job fair) helps not only the students in finding jobs, but also helps the employers to find workers to fill job positions,” said Anderson. “It brings their needs together.”

Jean Callary, campus recruiting coordinator for the Career Planning and Placement Center agrees. “They (employers) are not just there for PR purposes, they are there to hire.”

An estimated 75 percent of the employers who come to the fair hire at least one person, Callary said, adding the percentage might increase this year because of the tight job market.

Callary said employers will send two or three representatives to the fair for the students to talk to. Some of the employers might accept resumes at the fair—others may ask the student to call them within the next week for more job information. A few employers will conduct interviews on the spot.

Anderson said it is possible to have a job lined up in the course of the day. She recommends students attend the fair looking and acting professional.

“It is important to dress professional and bring plenty of resumes,” she said. “It is also important to verbalize what is on the resumes and be willing to talk. Do not be shy, be confident.”

Callary said she believes the fair is very helpful for job seeking students. “It gives the student a chance to get a look at what the job market may be like … they need that experience before they graduate.”