Career fair connects 700 students with employers

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Dozens of recruiters, including Kohl's, Coca-Cola and Radio Disney attract record crowd …

Georgia (Feb 24, 2012)

Dozens of recruiters, including Kohl's, Coca-Cola and Radio Disney attract record crowd   

Take five dozen organizations offering jobs and mix in a record 700 students looking for full- and part-time jobs, co-ops and internships. Bake for four hours and you have the premiere networking event called the 2012 KSU Spring Career Fair, designed to help Kennesaw State students find employment possibilities.

The James V. Carmichael Student Center was brimming in late February with well-spoken, perfectly groomed and energetic students wearing their best business attire. Their sole purpose: to meet with and impress as many potential employers as possible with the hope of being invited to interview for a coveted position.

Recruiters represented the gamut of business, government and nonprofits. From Kohl's and Radio Disney to the Georgia Aquarium, from Enterprise Rent-A-Car to Coca-Cola, and the list goes on and on.

“We expected 500 to 600 students to meet with recruiters, but we set a new record with about 700,” said Karen Andrews, the director of the KSU Career Services Center. “This was a very time-effective exercise for all concerned, for the students and the employers. We had a good variety of employers, more than 60 companies who recognize the quality of our graduates.”

KSU alumnus Jenna Wright returned to the fair as a recruiter for Frito-Lay. “As a district manager, I’m looking for people who are self-motivated and very professional. This has been a very worthwhile experience.”

Lori Trahan, an assistant director of the Career Services Center, who oversees the career fairs, is able to draw from a database containing some 5,000 recruiters. “Altogether, we have some 12,000 in our database when you factor in our students, alumni and other networking connections. Our database contains employers who may have a full-time or part-time position or may want to offer a co-op or internship. We have a lot to choose from.”

“We even have a San Francisco-based firm, nCircle Network Security, coming for the first time,” said Trahan. “They know we have an excellent computer science program.”

In addition to IT jobs, other hot areas include business administration and management, sales, bio-med, and perhaps the hottest area of all – accounting, which gets its own job fair later this year.

By Robert S. Godlewski


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