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Students receive networking opportunities

By Adrienne Gavula

Alumna/recruiter Melissa Hunt, of Bank One Columbus, talks with Joel Guthrie, a senior in finance and accounting, about job opportunities. The two met at the fall Ohio University career fair at the Convocation Center. Photo by Johnny HansonAs students got their shoes polished and suits pressed, more than 100 employers set up in the Convocation Center and Baker Center Ballroom in preparation for the annual fall University career fair held Wednesday, Oct. 8, and for the College of Communication's annual fall career fair held Monday, Oct. 13. More than 1,600 students attended both fairs.

"The career fair is important," said Bill Fournier, assistant director of Career Services. "It's especially important in the fall because that's the busiest time of year for recruitment."

Online registration was a new service offered to employers at the University career fair. It allowed employers to make more information available to students and it could easily be updated.

Michelle Yurich, a 1997 graduate and recruiter for National City, said, "Online registration was very helpful. Students were more prepared because what we wrote online was exactly what the students read."

Career fairs are a way for employers to talk directly with students. These talks could lead to jobs, internships or more contacts. The College of Communication's career fair consists of a unique group of recruiters.

"A lot of these employers are smaller firms who wouldn't attend larger career fairs," said Holly Jacobs, College of Communication internship coordinator. "The majority of these firms are looking to fill entry-level and internship positions."

Prior to the University's fair, Career Services presented a workshop on career fair etiquette. Also prior to the College of Communication's career fair, panels were held with professionals serving as guests and performing resume critiques.

Laura Taddeo of Enterprise Rent-A-Car (left) talks with seniors Natalie Zabor (communication and sales) and Andria Trivisonno (international communication and Spanish) at the Oct. 8 University career fair at the Convocation Center.Photo by Johnny HansonAs students walked from table to table, giving handshakes and taking giveaways, resumes and business cards were exchanged. Career fairs serve as great networking opportunities for students.

Jessica Syverson, a senior finance and management major, said, "It's great to attend because you get a feel for companies and what jobs are out there."

"Attending the career fair helps build your confidence and makes you comfortable talking with future employers," said Katie Revelson, a senior finance major.

Employers consistently come to Ohio University because of the prepared, professional students.

"Ohio University has the majors National City is looking for," Yurich said. "And we've had a good track record with students. Students are well-prepared to speak with employers."

Kirstin Taylor, a 2003 graduate and managing editor of Cincinnati FiftyPlus!, said, "I came to this career fair to recruit because by coming here, I know I'm going to get qualified interns."

Adrienne Gavula is a student writer for University Communications and Marketing.
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