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140 organizations gather for UNI’s fall Career Fair

Published: Thursday, September 22, 2011

Updated: Thursday, September 22, 2011 15:09

Career Fair

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Left to right: Ethan Kumbera, a Johnston native, talks with Josh Fiala, a field adviser college professional, at the annual fall Career Fair on Sept. 19.

Career Fair

WHITNEY PHILLIPS/Northern Iowan

A student talks to Tara Christensen, the recruiting director for Mass Mutual, at the annual fall Career Fair on Sept. 19.

On Sept. 19, finding a job could have been be as easy as walking across Hudson Road because on that day, the University of Northern Iowa fall Career Fair was held at the McLeod Center. It featured 140 different organizations for students to network with.

During the fair, students distributed résumés, gained information on applying to companies in the future and learned what employers were looking for in job candidates. While no official interviews took place during the fair, a handful of employers held formal interview sessions the following day in the Maucker Union.

The organizations involved were as varied as Panda Express, Beef Products, Inc., the FBI and Iowa Public Radio.

"Not only do businesses get students for interviews and jobs, but the name exposure for the organization is good," said Kristin Cahill, UNI employer relations coordinator and two-year facilitator of the fair.

One company at the fair, The Hershey Company, has come to many career fairs and hired several UNI business graduates.

"The kids (we've hired) are enthused and energetic; we've had great success with UNI," said Dan Micek, district manager for Hershey's.

Each business had its own booth, complete with a list of majors they desired in applicants.

"I'm a graphic design major, and sometimes opportunities are hard to find," senior Kathleen Roling said. "I got to ask businesses if they had any design opportunities for me, and the few I found were insightful."

UNI hosts both a fall and spring career fair, both of which are planned a year in advance. UNI alumni are also able to attend the fairs.

"It's easy to get a good base to meet with people," said James Chase, a junior finance major. "(The businesses) come to you and want you to come to them. They're really excited to meet everyone."

Micek encourages students to put their best foot forward at the Career Fair.

"Students should have confidence and represent themselves well," Micek said. "They should show what they can bring to a company, including their skills and work ethic, and they should know what they really want."

 

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