Career Fair 2017

February 9, 2017

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Bernhard Center ballrooms (GPS address: 1922 West Michigan Avenue, Kalamazoo 49008)

Please note: WMU Career Fair is at capacity; no more employer booths are available. If you would like your organization added to the waiting list, please contact Buffy Nespodzany at (269) 387-2745 or buffy.m.nespodzany@wmich.edu.

CAREER FAIR 2017 Corporate SPONSOR: Tyler Technologies

 Thank you to Tyler Technologies for their support and sponsorship of Career Fair 2017.

information for students and job seekers 

Employers: register for Career Fair 2017 

Important Information for employers 

Questions regarding Career Fair 2017 should be directed to the employer engagement team: career-fair@wmich.edu | (269) 387-2745

INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS AND JOB SEEKERS

WMU Career and Student Employment Services welcomes you to participate in the 39th Annual Career Fair. 

  • Career Fair will be held on Thursday, February 9, 2017 in the WMU Bernhard Center- East and West Ballrooms, from 10 a.m. to 3 pm. Be sure to visit both rooms during your visit.
  • Students from all majors and programs are encouraged to attend this event. Search for employers hiring from your area using BroncoJOBS and The Fairs App.
  • It is free and open to the public. All attendees must check in upon entering the event. WMU students may swipe into the fair using their Bronco Card.
  • Job seekers should dress in business professional attire and bring a sufficient supply of resumes to distribute to employers.
  • Students should visit Career and Student Employment Services for assistance preparing for this event.  We help with:  employer research, resume critique, practice interview, 30-second commercial, how to dress, proper employer thank you and follow up, salary negotiation and more.

View list of registered employers and more information

Volunteering opportunity - we need student hosts to make Career Fair 2017 great!

  • Students have the opportunity to closely interact with employers by helping them to their booth and assisting with setup. 
  • Volunteering shows employers that you give your time to help others, which makes an excellent first impression with recruiters, and is a great opportunity to practice speaking with industry professionals about yourself in a job fair setting. 
  • Volunteers are provided lunch and can receive service hours for another organization, a class, Lee Honors College, etc. 
  • If your registered student organization (RSO) or team is interested in providing multiple volunteers, your RSO or team can have its logo on display at the Career Fair. 
  • Questions? Contact the employer engagement team at career-fair@wmich.edu or (269) 387-2745. 
    Volunteer for Career Fair 2017

 

Important Information FOR EMPLOYERS

Western Michigan University's Career and Student Employment Services welcomes you to participate in our 39th annual Career Fair, on Thursday, February 9, 2017. The fair will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Bernhard Center on WMU’s west campus. 

Overview and important deadlines | Agenda and parking | Registration packages | Next Day Interviewing | Cancellation and tobacco policies | Package shipping instructions | Hotels, transportation, and restaurants

Overview

The Career Fair will be held in two ballrooms.  Employer registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Employers will first be given table assignments in the east ballroom until capacity is reached.  After the east ballroom is full, employers will be placed in the west ballroom.  At check in, students will be notified that employers are in two ballrooms and directed to attend both locations by WMU ambassadors.

Important deadlines:

  • EARLY BIRD PRICING:  Base package $550 if registered and paid before Monday, November 14 at 5 p.m.  (Base package $650 after this date)
  • IMPORTANT:  All early bird registrations not paid in full by Monday, November 14, at 5 p.m., will be charged the regular fair base package price of $650.  
  • Registrations after January 1 must be paid the day of registration by credit card, or company checks need to be processed and sent via priority mail within two business days of registration date.
  • Employers needing to cancel their registration must notify Career and Student Employment Services in writing at career-fair@wmich.edu on or before Monday, January 9, at 5 p.m.  After this date, registrations are final and refunds are unavailable.

Career and Student Employment Services makes every effort to collect fair payment from employers.  If payment is not received after two invoice attempts (via phone and email), our career office will send notice to the employer that due to non payment the reservation has been cancelled.   

Register for Career Fair 2017

Questions regarding Career Fair 2017 should be directed to the Employer Engagement Team: career-fair@wmich.edu | (269) 387-2745

Agenda and parking information

  • 8 to 10 a.m. : Shuttles from parking lots #10 and #102
  • 8 to 9:30 a.m. : Arrive and unload materials
  • 8:30 to 10 a.m. : Continental breakfast in the Faculty Lounge
  • 10 a.m. : Students begin circulating
  • 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m: Lunch served (fair continues)
  • 3 p.m.: Fair concludes. 
  • 3 to 4 p.m.: Shuttles to parking lots #10 and #102  

Parking information

Lot 102 is located at the intersection of Stadium Drive and Oliver Street.
Lot 10 is located behind Waldo Stadium.
Both lots are numbered and are highlighted in hot pink on the map below.
GPS coordinates for Lot 10 are 42.283948, -85.600866
GPS coordinates for Lot 102 are 42.283410, -85.605147

Parking map and directions

Questions regarding Career Fair 2017 should be directed to the employer engagement team: career-fair@wmich.edu | (269) 387-2745

Registration packages

Registration and payment process

  1. After registration is received for approval, one of our staff members will review it.
  2. An invoice will be sent with the total due and credit card payment instructions.
  3. Payment is due within one business day.
  4. Once payment is received, a receipt and confirmation will be sent to the registrant.
    Note: Employers’ booths are not secured for Career Fair 2017 until payment is received. Booths that have not been secured may be assigned to another employer that has paid.

Registration packages

Registration (one table) $650 – early bird price of $550 available until Monday, November 14, at 5 p.m. 

  • Two (2) recruiters – each additional recruiter $35. Maximum of four (4) total per table
  • One 6’ covered table, parking and shuttle service, continental breakfast, hot buffet luncheon, and assistance with loading/unloading materials
  • Inclusion in fair promotional materials

Employer specialty package (two tables) $950

  • Upgraded east ballroom location
  • Two 6' covered tables and up to eight (8) recruiters
  • Continental breakfast and lunch, parking, assistance with loading/unloading materials
  • Inclusion in fair promotional materials

WMU Departments (1/2 of a six foot table) No cost

  • One half of a 6' covered table and two (2) chairs for two (2) representatives in the lobby outside of the East Ballroom
  • Continental breakfast and lunch, parking, assistance with loading/unloading fair items
  • Inclusion in fair promotional materials
  • Tables are reserved on a first-come, first-serve basis

Register for Career Fair 2017

Questions regarding Career Fair 2017 should be directed to the employer engagement team: career-fair@wmich.edu | (269) 387-2745

Next Day Interviewing Event

NEXT DAY INTERVIEWING EVENT ($150/table):

  • Optional on-campus interviews will be held on Friday, February 10, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., in the Bernhard Center
  • Package includes: One 6' covered table, up to three (3) recruiters, breakfast and lunch, parking, and a candidate greeter at check in
  • Career and Student Employment Services will provide a schedule to be completed by recruiters during Career Fair on Thursday
  • Purchase Next Day Interviewing packages under the “Extra Items” section when registering for Career Fair 2017

 Questions regarding Career Fair 2017 and Next Day Interviewing should be directed to the Employer Engagement Team: career-fair@wmich.edu | (269) 387-2745

CANCELLATION AND TOBACCO POLICIES

Cancellation policy:  Employers needing to cancel their registration must notify Career and Student Employment Services in writing at career-fair@wmich.edu on or before Monday, January 9, at 5 p.m.  After this date, registrations are final and refunds are unavailable.

Tobacco policy: Effective September 1, 2014, the use of tobacco products is only permitted in enclosed personal vehicles. The use of tobacco products is not permitted indoors or outdoors on any University property. 

Questions regarding Career Fair 2017 should be directed to the Employer Relations Team: career-fair@wmich.edu | (269) 387-2745 

PACKAGE SHIPPING instructions

Employers are welcome to send packages containing job fair materials to WMU prior to the Career Fair. Materials must be sent via FedEx and UPS only, and employers are responsible for shipping costs. WMU Logistical Services will ensure that your materials are at the Bernhard Center when you arrive the morning of February 9. 

Send packages to:
Western Michigan University
c/o Career Fair 2017
Attn: Amanda Jeppesen
1201 Oliver Street
Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5347

  • FedEx and UPS are the ONLY vendors that can be used for shipping to WMU.
  • Ship on time!  Contact your carrier and arrange for delivery to WMU based on your city/state to ensure packages arrive at WMU between January 30 and February 3.
  • Record the tracking number for packages shipped to WMU and have it handy on the day of the fair. 
  • Return labels MUST BE PRINTED by the employer and attached to outgoing packages for shipment. Packages cannot be sent without the return label.
  • WMU Logistical Services will gather the return packages after Career Fair (no later than 3:45 p.m., Bernhard Center ballroom lobby), and packages will be sent out Friday, February 10

Questions regarding WMU Logistical Services and delivery of packages should be directed to:

Mr. Marcel Sirois
(269) 387-8811
marcel.sirois@wmich.edu
OR
Mr. Dave Micele
(269) 387-8817
david.micele@wmich.edu

HOTELS, TRANSPORTATION AND RESTAURANTS

Hotel accommodations 

Baymont Inn*, 2203 S. 11th Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49009, (269) 372-7999
Best Western Plus Kalamazoo Suites*, 2575 S. 11th Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49009, (269) 350-5522
Country Inn and Suites*, 1912 E. Kilgore Road, Kalamazoo, MI 49002, (269) 382-2303
Fairfield Inn West*, 6420 Cracker Barrel Drive, Kalamazoo, MI 49009, (269) 353-6400
Hampton Inn & Suites**, 5059 S. 9th Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49009, (269) 372-1010
Holiday Inn-West*, 2747 S. 11th Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49009, (269) 375-6000
Radisson Plaza Hotel**, 100 W. Michigan Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI 49007, (269) 343-3333
*For discount, please ask for the Western Michigan University rate.
**For discount, please ask for the Western Friends & Family rate.

Ground transportation

Checker Cab, (269) 345-0177
Metro Transit Bus, (269) 337-8222

Airline reservations

American Airlines, (800) 433-7300
Delta, (800) 221-1212
Continental, (800) 523-3273
Midwest, (800) 452-2022
Northwest, (800) 221-1212
U.S. Air, (800) 428-4322
Visit the Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport website for flight information.

Restaurants 

Applebee's, (269) 382-4448
Bilbo's Pizza, (269) 382-5544
The Union, (269) 384-6756
Burdick's Bar & Grill, (269) 226-3192
Food Dance Café, (269) 382-1888
Gallagher's Eatery & Pub, (269) 372-7177
Martell's, (269) 375-2105
Olde Peninsula, (269) 343-2739
Outback Steakhouse, (269) 342-4329
T.G.I. Friday's, (269) 349-6010
University Roadhouse, (269) 345-7990
Webster's Fine Dining, (269) 343-4444