WMU News

Fair connects 2,000 job seekers with 120 employers

Jan. 21, 2005

KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University's 27th annual Career Fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 3, in the East Ballroom of the Bernhard Center on the main campus in Kalamazoo.

The event is free for job seekers and open to the public, but tailored for WMU's internship candidates, graduating students and alumni. Organized by the University's Career and Student Employment Services, the event is expected to attract more than 2,000 job candidates seeking to explore professional and internship options or to simply network with employers.

No advance registration is required for the 2005 Career Fair, but CSES officials advise those who attend to dress in professional attire and bring an ample supply of up-to-date resumes.

On hand for the fair will be some 120 local, regional and national employers representing the manufacturing, health care, nonprofit and government sectors of the economy as well as the business sector, including communication and life sciences companies.

In addition, several Michigan universities will be making information available to those considering enrolling in graduate school. Participating will be WMU, WMU-Grand Rapids, Eastern Michigan University, Grand Valley State University and the University of Michigan-Flint.

Many employers will return Friday, Feb. 4, to conduct first-round interviews with select job candidates. CSES and members of the University's Undergraduate Communication Association will help WMU students prepare for the fair and interviews by offering "Get Prepared" workshops on topics such as resume enhancement, interviewing skills, portfolio development and networking.

The fair is being co-sponsored by Fifth Third Bank, which along with the Society for Excellence in Human Resources, will be hosting a presentation on "Embracing Diversity in the Workplace."

Enterprise Rent-a-Car will again be providing complimentary transportation for employers from East Campus to the Bernhard Center, while various WMU student volunteers will welcome employers and assist with the event.

For more information about the 2005 Career Fair, including participating employers and dates of the "Get Prepared" workshops, visit the CSES Web site at <www.broncojobs.wmich.edu>. Those with questions may call Julie Slowiak, fair coordinator, at (269) 387-2745.

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

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