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Career Fair to help students get jobs

Sept. 9, 2003

By Whitney Freeman, reporter

Students in need of a job or internship can attend the Career Fair sponsored by Career Services from noon to 5 p.m. on Sept. 18 at the Ferrell Special Events Center.

Dr. John Boyd, director of career services, said, 'right now 80 companies are registered, but I wouldn't be surprised to see between 85 and 90 companies there.'

The Career Fair is open to current students of all majors as well as alumni.

'Anyone would be wise to come, even if you are not graduating in December,' Boyd said. 'Companies are also trying to fill job opportunities early for May. It would also be beneficial for underclassmen [to] come to look for internship opportunities and make contacts. If nothing else, it is a good chance to get a feel of what is out there.'

He also stressed to 'be prepared to sell yourself. With the economy the way it is, these people are coming with jobs in hand. Don't miss this opportunity.'

Students need to come prepared so they will come across as professional, interested and knowledgeable to the recruiters.

Carolyn Muska, assistant director of Career Services, advises students to go to the Career Services Web site, careerservices, to find a listing of all the registered companies, positions they are hiring and an overview of the company itself.

The majority of companies attending the Career Fair will be from all around the state of Texas and from other states as well.

'Bring lots of resumes, a portfolio to hold resumes and to take notes. Don't bring backpacks because you want to present yourself with professional image,' Muska said. Students also must bring their Baylor ID card so they can receive a nametag.

John Cunningham, a communications studies senior lecturer, suggested that once there, students need to 'be aggressive, have a firm handshake, make eye contact, show enthusiasm and be there early.'

Cunningham will be holding a resume workshop from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 16 at Kayser Auditorium in the Hankamer School of Business to help students with questions regarding their resumes.

'It will be a general discussion about creating resumes from start to finish, but would be helpful for students no matter what stage your resume is in,' Cunningham said.

Student Services also will be offering the opportunity to participate in mock interviews with real companies starting Sept. 19.

'This is a great opportunity to go through practice interviews with corporations who will point out good things about students' interviewing skills and areas they need to improve on,' Muska said.

Bill Baker, a corporate recruiter with ConocoPhillips, will give a presentation on 'The Do's and Don'ts of Interviewing' from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 17 in the Cashion Academic Center, room 103.

Susie Martin, a corporate recruiter from Ferguson Enterprises, also will be holding a workshop called, 'How to Work a Career Fair' from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 17 in Cashion room 102 .

Students 'will never have an opportunity like this, where this many employers want to meet [them],' Cunningham said.