WMU News

Career Fair brings employers, job seekers to campus

Jan. 27, 2003

KALAMAZOO -- Among the big wheels participating in Western Michigan University's 25th annual Career Fair will be two vehicles manufactured by Harley-Davidson and the Ford Motor Co.

Like WMU, Harley-Davidson and Ford are celebrating their 100th anniversaries this year. Commemorative vehicles honoring their centennial will be on display at the fair.

The free event is open to the public and will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 6, in the East ballroom of the Bernhard Center. It is expected to bring more than 3,000 job candidates together with recruiters from local, regional and national employers.

Some 115 employers representing the manufacturing, health care, business, nonprofit and government sectors will be participating in the fair.

Organized by WMU's Career and Student Employment Services, the event is being co-sponsored by the WMU Alumni Association and Kalamazoo's Enterprise rent-a-car, Perry Harley-Davidson and Don Seelye Ford. Welcoming employers and helping make the day run smoothly will be members of the University's chapters of Alpha Lambda Delta, the American Medical Student Association, Delta Sigma Pi and Phi Chi Theta.

Lynn Kelly-Albertson, CSES executive director, says the fair will be valuable for a variety of job seekers, but is tailored for internship candidates, new graduates, graduate students and WMU alumni. No advance registration is required, but those who attend should dress in professional attire and bring an ample supply of up-to-date resumes.

Kelly-Albertson notes that many employers will be returning to campus on Friday, Feb. 7, to conduct first interviews with select candidates. She also says CSES will be offering a variety of "Get it Together" workshops designed to help WMU students prepare for the fair.

"Preparation is key to setting yourself apart from the crowd," Kelly-Albertson stresses. "Know your skills, know your strengths and be ready to articulate them to recruiters."

For more information about Career Fair 2003, employer participants or the "Get it Together" workshops, contact CSES by calling (269) 387-2745 or visit the "Events and Fairs" section of the <www.broncojobs.wmich.edu> Web site.

Media contact: Jeanne Baron, 269 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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