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Fall career fair offers students opportunity to meet with potential employers

By Cassie Lynott

As this year's graduating seniors scramble to polish up old resumes, make contacts and travel across the country for interviews, the Office of Career Services is making the transition from college into the working world a little easier. The Fall Career Fair, one of several career fairs scheduled throughout the year, is Wednesday, Oct. 6, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Convocation Center.

More than 60 company representatives are expected to attend the event, offering internships, potential job leads, co-ops, and career options for students of all majors and years. Most of these employers are traveling through larger cities like Columbus and Cincinnati to Athens.

"The fact that these companies are willing to come here to meet you, proves they're really interested," says Bill Fournier, assistant director of employee relations in the Office of Career Services.

The fair is a great way for all students to practice marketing themselves and to begin developing necessary interview skills for the future, says Thomas Korvas, director of the Office of Career Services.

"To have all those employers in one location and to be able to talk with them about anything from an internship to a career job is a great opportunity," says Korvas.

Students are advised to bring copies of their reference sheets and resumes on good paper and dress in business attire. Before the event, students can identify and research those employers they are interested in through the career services Web site, available at www.ohio.edu/careers.  

"You never know what you could learn about by talking with these people," says Korvas. "It's always good to talk to people and get a sense what you have to do to market yourself. I think it's great for all students of the university."

Trent Poole, a senior finance major, will be among the predicted 1,200 to 2,000 students expected to attend the fair.

"Best case scenario, I get a job, but no matter what, I'll be getting more interviewing experience," he says.

Fournier says the job market for graduating seniors is improving.

"Overall, the job market is getting better. We 're getting companies coming to the fair this year that we haven't seen in years," he says.

Cassie Lynott is a student writer with University Communications and Marketing.

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