Employers recruit students and alumni at Career Fair
Published: Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, September 24, 2013 22:09
Hundreds of alumni and current students visited the Student Union ballroom yesterday for All Majors Career Fair. The fair, an annual event hosted by the UConn Center for Career Development (CCD), continues today from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
This year’s event includes representatives from multinational and national corporations, Connecticut businesses and non-government organizations. Students and alumni register their attendance on arrival and are given a name badge and a list of employers with corresponding table numbers. Employers are recruiting for part-time and full-time work as well as internships.
Stela Elmazi, who graduated from UConn in 2010, returned to campus for the fair on Tuesday. She said she didn’t attend any career development events in her time as a student, and she regrets it.
“I have a degree in biological sciences, and a masters but no one will hire me because I don’t have any work experience. I missed the opportunity to get internships while I was a student here,” Elmazi said. She said she was hoping to have one-on-one time with recruiters, and to ask what their company could offer her.
PepsiCo had a strong presence on Tuesday, with multiple recruiters on site to speak with students. Two of the PepsiCo staff members at the fair wore “I’m a UConn grad!” badges, and said they had found PepsiCo through previous year’s CCD fairs. Leslie Dickson, a PepsiCo recruiter and 2012 UConn marketing graduate, said the company was looking for strong, independent people.
“It is a sales program but we’re looking for students from a whole range of majors,” Dickson said.
Many smaller and Connecticut based-employers also attended on Tuesday and will return today. A&A Office Systems, based in Middletown, Conn., brought three recruiters to the fair. General Sales Manager, John Partenio, said this was the second time A&A had attended a UConn Career Fair. This year the company is looking for a certain kind of student.
“It’s about chemistry,” Partenio said. “The way they present themselves, if they’re passive. It’s about personality, I prefer aggressive candidates.”
According to Partenio, follow up emails and calls are essential for students to cement connections they make at career development events.
More companies are scheduled to attend the fair today and a high student turnout is expected again. Nancy Blimes, associate director of the Department of Career Services, said over the two days, 128 employers will be in attendance. Last year, 95 companies sent representatives to the All Majors Career Fair.
“It is a very diverse group of employers, ranging from business and finance to science,” Blimes said.
At the fair’s conclusion today, student and alumni attendees should not consider their work done. The CCD’s guide “Preparing for the Career Fair” also contains tips for making the most of the networking opportunity in the coming weeks. The guide suggests sending thank you notes to recruiters, and creating a follow up plan to ensure continued contact with the organizations. It also encourages students to drop in to Career Services for year round advice from a career consultant or for information about the job search process. The full guide is available at http://www.career.uconn.edu.