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Fall Career and Internship Fair successful for students and employers

More than one thousand students and more than 100 companies attend

Ohio University hosted the 2011 Fall Career and Internship Fair on Tuesday in the Baker University Center Ballroom.

With more than 100 companies in attendance, about 1,200 students had the opportunity to speak with a wide variety of prospective employers. Companies ranged from Abercrombie & Fitch and Buckle, to Progressive Insurance and Nationwide.

Senior Spanish major Katie Scott was just one of the many students taking advantage of the plethora of companies represented at the Career Fair.

"There were companies that I never would have thought to look into, like the US Peace Corps," Scott said. "I just started talking to a Peace Corps recruiter, realized that I was qualified for the company, and now I'm going to apply. It was completely unexpected."

While some students casually perused the booths, other students focused on a select few employers.

"I immediately made a B-line for Red Frog Events," senior Amanda Stark said. "I researched the company beforehand and knew what they were looking for, so I wanted to make sure I talked to them first."

With so many eager students, employers had their fair share of qualified candidates.

Jonathon Franks, a systems integrator for Marathon Petroleum Corporation, was pleased with the amount of students interested in the company this year.

"There were a lot of young, talented people looking for work," Franks said.

This year marked Marathon's eighth year with the Ohio University Fall Career Fair. Marathon representatives said the positive feedback from students continues to draw the company back year after year.

"A great turnout like this makes us feel good that we are able to continually visit Ohio University," Franks said.

While the Career Fair welcomed back veteran companies such as Marathon Petroleum Corporation, it also introduced a few new companies this year.

Yelp, an online marketing and advertising company, was just one of the many new faces in the Baker Ballroom.

"We knew we wanted to recruit at Ohio University because of it's high quality students," Yelp recruiter Joy Osbourne said. "We've met so many great student candidates, we're already looking forward to doing this again."

Ohio University students can start preparing for the next Career and Internship Fair by building a polished resume, investing in business professional attire, and doing their "homework."

"We look for people who communicate well, people who are confident, and people who have a presence about them," Osbourne said. "Students should also research the companies that they are interested in. We always get asked, 'What is Yelp?' If you do your homework, you'll know the answer to that."

The Winter Career and Internship Fair will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 31, in the Baker Ballroom.