New Technology Used for Fall Career Fair
Photo Scarlett Patton.
After two years of virtual fairs, the Career Center hosted the Fall 2022 Internship and Career Fair at the Sumers Recreation Center. According to Casey Jenkerson, acting associate director of employer relations at the Career Center, the latest fair was bigger than ever, drawing a large and diverse crowd of students and businesses.
“[22%] of the  registrants are new employers at this year’s job fair and include companies such as Atomic Object, BASF Corporation, Electric Power Systems, Humana, Huron Consulting and UnitedHealth Group,” Jenkerson said. “We had a record number of over 2,200 students attending the fair.”
In addition to attracting new businesses, the Career Center has used Hand shake, which differentiates the Fall 2022 Job Fair from those of the past. Information about companies, employees who would be attending the show, and event times, such as company and graduate program presentations, were posted in advance on Handshake. Many students felt that this decision helped them prepare for the fair and evaluate companies and positions that interested them.
“A few companies have emailed [me] through [Handshake prior to the fair]and I was talking to them, because I had that immediate connection,” junior Reece Nicholson said.
First-year masters student Dominic Fulginiti also hailed the handshake as a new avenue to seek employment.
“[Handshake] gives me another range of options for places to search, in addition to LinkedIn and other websites. It is user-friendly and easy to navigate,” said Fulginiti.
Students weren’t the only ones to benefit from Handshake. Companies have used the service to connect with students at the job fair and customize their hiring processes.
“[With Handshake], we’ve added different ways to track people who come to see us,” a representative from Total Access Urgent Care said. “We can tailor their experiences so they see what their training process can look like.”
A recurring message from companies at the show was the importance of diversity, not just in terms of demographics, but also in terms of skill sets. Many companies highlighted the interdisciplinary nature of their work and encouraged students from all backgrounds to apply to their job postings.
“We’re open to people from all kinds of different backgrounds and minds,” a US Marine Corps representative said.
Other Career Center events and job opportunities are available on the Handshake website.