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2012 Spring Career Day Garners Largest Employer Turnout

news-spring-career-dayThe University’s Spring Career Day allowed students to meet local, regional and national employers in Anacon Hall last Wednesday.

Hosted annually by Career Services, the day allows students and alumni to network with employers and discuss job opportunities.

Businesses, non-profit and government employers are annually invited to recruit students and alumni of all majors and degree levels for positions, including fulltime and part-time employment, and seasonal internships.

Taylor Miller, a senior majoring in business, attended the day and felt that it was a good opportunity to start making post-college career plans. “Going to the Career Day really gave me the chance to practice meeting employers before I start looking for jobs after graduation next month,” she said. “I got to talk to a lot of different people and I’m planning on getting in touch with some in the future for a job.”

William Hill, Assistant Dean of Career Services, said that last week’s event was one of the most successful career fairs held at the University. Labeling it as one of Career Services’ “best attended events,” Hill recorded over 350 student and alumni attendees, and mentioned the high number of employer participants. “The Spring 2012 Career Day had the largest employer turnout since 2006,” he commented. “We had 78 employers present, and we filled Anacon Hall to capacity.”

Employers included Better Homes Realty, First Investors Corporation, IBM, the Eatontown Police Department, New Meadowlands Racetrack, the Federal Investigation Bureau, the Target Corporation and Apple Retail. The entire staff of Career Services, as Hill mentioned, is responsible for recruiting employers for events.

As a result of this year’s successful outcome, Hill is looking forward to planning next year’s Spring Career Day. “Career Services may consider holding next year’s event in the MAC due to the growing list of employers,” he said. “This growth is a good sign that the economy may be recovering.”

In addition to Spring Career Day, Career Services hosts other annual job fairs for students and alumni to attend, including the Fall Career Day as well as the more industryspecific Educators’ Career Day along with Humanities and Social Sciences Career Day. “I encourage all students to attend these events whether one is looking for an internship, parttime or full-time career position,” Hill said.

Hill explained that there are many benefits for students who attend those events. “A career day gives a job seeker the opportunity to meet with an employer in person, versus connecting on the web or through e-mail,” he continued. “This gives the job seeker a chance to make a strong personal impression and a chance to meet with several employers at one place at one time.”

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