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Nearly 100 employers to attend Career Fair

Jan. 21, 2010

KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University's 32nd annual Career Fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, on campus in the Bernhard Center.

The free event is open to the public, but tailored for WMU students and alumni. Organized by the University's Career and Student Employment Services, Career Fair 2010 is expected to attract more than 2,000 job candidates.

Nearly 100 organizations have registered to participate. They will be recruiting for interns and college graduates, and some may conduct first-round interviews with select candidates on Friday, Feb. 5. The participating employers represent such diverse sectors as health care, engineering, government, insurance, non-profit, retail, transportation, hospitality and construction.

Job seekers planning to attend should research employers in advance, dress professionally and bring copies of an updated resume. In lieu of submitting a paper resume, many employers will ask qualified candidates to complete an employment application on their organization's Web site.

Greeting and assisting employers on fair day will be WMU student volunteers from Drive Safe Kalamazoo, the women's volleyball team and the Multicultural Emerging Leaders Program.

A series of preparatory events for WMU students will be held prior to the fair.

Career Fair 2010--prep events

  • Tuesday, Jan. 26--"Employment Regulations Workshop" for international students from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Bernhard Center's Brown and Gold Room.

  • Wednesday, Jan. 27--"Skills that Employers are Looking For," presented by Humanex Inc. from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Bernhard Center's Brown and Gold Room.

  • Friday, Jan. 29--Practice Interview Day, during which employer representatives volunteer to conduct 40-minute "mock interviews" from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Career and Student Employment Services in Ellsworth Hall and the Career Center in Schneider Hall. Students must apply and sign up for the "mock interviews" on the BroncoJOBS Web site.

  • Tuesday, Feb. 2--"Five-Minute Resume Impression," presented by Target Corp. from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Career and Student Employment Services in Ellsworth Hall.

Additional information about other preparatory events is available online at wmich.edu/career by clicking the Calendar of Events tab.

For more information about Career Fair 2010, visit the Career Network's career fairs listing online. Questions about Career Fair 2010 should be directed to co-chairs Alicia Austin and Surangi Pradhan at career-fair@wmich.edu or (269) 387-2745.

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

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