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Signs of Improving Job Market at Fall Career Fair

Oct 9 • Academics, Career Center, Student Affairs, Student Life • 1390 Views • Comments Off

Students worried about the job market got some good news at the Mack Arena today, where employers were eager to recruit students of all majors during the Fall Career Fair.

“The job market has definitely gotten better, especially at the entry level. We had about 50 companies last year and right now we have 75,” said Suzanne Dagger, Interim Executive Director of the Career Center. “These organizations and companies are huge – there are so many opportunities here.”

Dagger said the fair, which is designed to help December graduates scope out their options, is also a good place for younger students to get a head start on spring and summer internships.careerfair2

The opportunity to network with big-name companies like Bloomberg and Viacom wasn’t the only appeal for students.

“I’ve yet to get an internship, but I’ve learned how to buff up my resume,” said Chris Owens, a sophomore journalism major.

Owens said visiting the Career Center for resume-writing advice helped him to focus on his skills before the fair, something that many company representatives said was critical for students new to the job market.

“Take time to hone in on your resume,” said Ty Holloway, an Urban Outfitters representative. “A lot of students underestimate their experiences. They think ‘Oh, I’ve only worked at a day care or at a fast food place,’ but those industries build people skills, which is something all jobs require. Hone in on your strengths!”

From financial firms to social media start-ups, representatives are looking for engaging students regardless of their major.

“We’re seeing a lot of companies looking to hire in all majors so students shouldn’t stereotype companies,” Dagger said. “ A computer company might hire different types of positions, like writers or sociology majors.”

Jacob Triebwasser, a junior mathematics major, attended the fair for the first time this year.  He said he made a few positive contacts with prospective employers at the fair, attributing his success to a spotless resume and solid people skills.  “A firm handshake seems to be good, ” he said, “and actually introduce yourself. A name tag isn’t enough.”

 


This story was written by Alexis Willey ’15.


 

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