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Employers come to campus ready to hire

Fall 2012 EXPO Job and Internship Fair

On Wednesday, Oct. 10, more than 1,100 students and alumni attended the Fall 2012 EXPO Job & Internship Fair hosted by the Bowling Green State University Career Center and held at BGSU Perry Field House.

Participants took advantage of the fair because it brought in 423 recruiters from 154 organizations, and gave them a chance to talk to some potential employers, learn more about the organizations, and ask questions.

BGSU student Darla Heimann, a class of 2014 supply chain management major, had a mission to talk with four employers: Therma-Tru, a company she had already interned with; Marathon, a company she has an internship with next semester; Owens Corning and Eaton Corp., two companies she would like to intern for in the future.

Heimann has taken advantage of the EXPO Job and Internship Fair every year and has developed a strategy for this event. Since she is also attending classes throughout the day, she needs to be efficient in her schedule to be able to make it out to the event.

"My advice to other students is to take advantage of opportunities like this," said Heimann. "Employers are here to recruit us. When you graduate and are in the real world, it is going to be harder to get their attention."

Even for students who aren't yet at the point of looking for a job or internship, it is beneficial to go to the EXPO Job and Internship Fair because they can learn how to interact with employers by watching other students.

Dr. Tim Chambers, director of undergraduate student studies in the College of Business, has some pointers for students.

"I tell my freshmen to come to these events early in their college career. Their first time, I advise them to shadow someone else or just watch how other students engage an employer," Chambers said.

By taking advantage of the opportunity, students will get more comfortable with what is going on and how to talk to potential employers.

"It's one of those things - the more you do it, the better you get," said Chambers.

For the recruiters, it is a chance to meet students and possibly find a future employee. They also want to answer any questions a student might have. To provide students a glimpse of what it's like to work at that company, many times employers bring professionals from throughout the organization to the fair.

There are many potential employers from many different backgrounds for each student with any major to interact with. Finding the right one may take some time but eventually, students can find the one that's right for them.

Following the Oct. 10 event, representatives from the businesses were enthusiastic.

"BGSU students are very nice and well-spoken," said Stephanie Harms, a recruiter from Premier Volleyball. "It's nice to have someone who asks a lot of questions and can easily carry on a conversation."

"I've seen a great group of students today," said Ryan Dubendorfer, Materials Planning Team Leader for Owens Corning. "Interviews will be conducted shortly, and many of the students I've talked to will be part of our internship program this summer."

Patrick Gardner, a recruiter for Pacer, said, "I knew the quality and readiness of BGSU students and expected them to be above the caliber of the other competitive schools." Gardner added students who go through the internship program with Pacer are "very likely" to be offered full-time employment after graduation. "Our intern program is a feeder system into the entry level transportation logistics positions."

At the end of the fair on Wednesday, recruiters had the chance to conduct interviews on Thursday. As of Monday, Oct. 15, 547 interviews have been conducted as a result of the EXPO, and employers are visiting the campus throughout the next few weeks to conduct additional interviews.

The BGSU Career Center will be hosting another EXPO Job and Internship Fair in the spring. The office is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday to help students compose resumes, find job and internship opportunities, and to answer any questions they might have. The center's website also is beneficial in looking for job and internship opportunities.