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Prep is focus of job fair

Feb. 15, 2001

Finding employers, interviews among discussion topics

BY LACY ELWOOD

Reporter

Career Services is sponsoring a preparation seminar at 4 p.m. today in 102 Cashion for the spring internship and career fair.

Guest speaker Cory Trent of Ferguson Enterprises in Dallas will offer strategies and tips to students who plan to attend the fair. He will focus on how to target specific employers, proper dress for interviews and follow-up procedures for contacts made at the fair.

'Basically, he will outline what you need to do to make the best use of your time [at the fair],' Dr. John Boyd, career services director, said. 'We bring in people from the actual organizations that are participating because they can identify what they are looking for. Our staff could put on the seminar, but it wouldn't be as realistic as someone who is doing this [recruiting] on a day-to-day basis.'

Carolyn Muska, career services associate director, said the seminar could help students in the future.

'A lot of students walk into a career fair and it's intimidating,' Muska said. 'This seminar will help students with any career fair they might attend.'

Representatives from more than 100 companies will be at the Ferrell Special Events Center between noon and 5 p.m. Monday for the spring career fair to talk to students, take up resumes, and conduct interviews for internships and job opportunities.

'I know of a multitude of instances where students have gained internships or jobs just by attending the fair itself,' Boyd said.

'We have everything from Big Five accounting firms PricewaterhouseCoopers and KPMG, to financial institutions, to non-profit organizations, to sports organizations like the Houston Astros Baseball Club.' Jennifer Williamson, career counselor, said. 'The recruiters are generally impressed with Baylor students.'

Boyd said recruiters who participate usually return to campus for the fairs held each fall and spring. He said more than 40 percent of this spring's participants are looking for students in any major. The fair is free and open to all Baylor students and alumni.