Students lined up to attend the employment fair hosted by career services Friday, April 13.
The fair was in Curtiss Hall’s banquet room and more than 60 employers were present.
Students, such as computer science major Michael Louks, attend employment fairs to find employment opportunities.
Louks said he thinks events like this help students get their names out there.
“It gives students a good opportunity to get connections with a lot of local employers and to get a lot of good job opportunities that you wouldn’t find otherwise,” he said.
Economics senior Kyle Kachelski said that besides networking, the event offered students the chance to practice on-the-spot interviews.
“I think it offers students the opportunity to talk to real employers and to see what kind of jobs are out there,” he said. “What kind of positions might be available and more about what kind of jobs you’re going to find after graduation.”
Each vender had a table filled with fliers to give details about their business.
Debbie Van Idour works in marketing and business development for Sunrise Family Credit Union.
She said students get a real opportunity to find work after graduation.
“We have been coming for quite a few years, and we have found that there are many good candidates for working here and in the past we have hired two candidates from this fair,” she said.
Van Idour said Sunrise would “take home probably 50 applications that we can look through for the job position that we have open.”
Louks agreed, saying that the employers get a chance to see what kind of prospects the University has to offer.
“They can reach out to a lot of students who have talent that they wouldn’t otherwise be able to find,” he said. “It’s a good way for them to meet other students and for students to meet employers.”
Kachelski said the ability for employers to figure out who they really want in their company comes down to how they are able to talk face to face with prospective employees.
“I think it offers the employers a chance to see potential job applicants and to do a formal interview and to help them narrow down their selection,” he said.
Van Idour said the students who attended were able to see what some of the companies were really like.
“I think it’s a great opportunity for them be able to come to the fair to see what all of these employers have to offer,” she said. “It’s a great choice (to attend), and good for them all the way around.”