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Danny Schmidt, News Editor

April 4, 2012

Approximately 60 companies will be scouting out potential employees and interns in the SURC Ballroom during the 39th annual Career Quest Job and Internship Fair.

“We have a lot more engineering and technology positions this spring than we’ve had in the past,” said Career Services Recruiting Coordinator Teresa Youngren.

However, the fair features much more than technology, engineering jobs and internships. Youngren said that some of the positions’ starting salaries are $60,000.

There are also different training programs that companies at the fair are looking to fill. The programs train employees in all of the different aspects of the company, and once the training program is complete, the company will place the employee. In addition to the training experience, participants in the program are typically paid at full salary.

The number of companies attending has slightly increased from last year.

“My goal is to always have a 10 percent increase, and it’s close,” Youngren said. “This year it’s probably 9 percent.”

Jobs and internships won’t be the only groups represented Thursday. Schools will be in attendance, recruiting students pursuing furthering their educations.

Washington State University is one of the universities scouting students for graduate programs.

A non-traditional option at the fair is the Navy. The Navy will be looking for engineering students among other subjects. The Peace Corps will also be present.

Some of the recruiters attending the fair have Central roots, with former Wildcats coming back to recruit new blood.

Youngren wants students to step outside of their comfort zone at the fair.

“We encourage students to look at all of the different options,” Youngren said. “There’s a pretty good environment there.”

Walking around and talking to employers is a great way to network.

One aspect of networking Youngren believes students should keep in mind is that employers tend to know each other from other career fairs. So even if an employer and student aren’t the right fit, that employer might know somebody who would be interested.

The majority of the students attending the fair will be seniors, soon to graduate, but there is no grade requirement.

Youngren recommends that lower-classmen attend as well, because it will prepare them for future fairs.



Do your homework
Prior to the fair research the companies at the fair. Employers love when candidates are familiar with their company.

Dress professionally
First impressions are huge, so make sure to dress professionally.

Get your resume in order
Create or refine a resume and bring about a dozen copies to hand out.

Prepare a good sound bite
Create a one-minute sound bite that summarizes your skills, goals, etc. Memorize it and recite when you first meet a potential employer. Again, first impressions mean everything.

Plan the day
Relax. Be ready to spend a good amount of time at the fair. They aren’t that often, so make the most of them. Avoid the long lines. The first hour is typically the slowest.

Ease into it
Visit your lower priority companies first. That way you can practice and fine tune your approach. Once you’re done, go to your top priority companies.

Keep it lively
If the lines are long, talk to all of the companies. It doesnt hurt to network and meet potential employers and coworkers.

Get all the employers’ business cards.

For more information, visit - (509) 963-1921 - Bouillon Hall 26

Career Quest Fair dances into Ballroom


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