Career fair aims to help students land interviews

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The career fair at CSU-Pueblo will be held in the Occhiato University Center on March 4 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Michelle Gjerde, Director of Career Center at CSU-Pueblo, has been working for months to put this year’s career fair together. The number of employers that registered for the event exceeded the numbers of past years fairs, she said.

The coordinators of the event said professional attire is required, as the fair is an opportunity to show potential employers how serious the applicants are about their careers.

Gjerde also encourages students and staff to research the companies that are attending the event.

There will be 83 employers this year.

All majors have opportunities to be a part of these well-known companies and associations.

The construction management and civil engineering fields will have especially heavy representation at the event.

The career center is also partnered with seven school districts that CSU-Pueblo students regularly collaborate with. They want to encourage students to apply not only for teaching positions but also for accounting, finances and CIS technical jobs.

Chick-Fil-A and Panda Express are two of the numerous food chain companies that are attending looking for management and team member positions.

YMCA and Colorado Lions Camp are some of the associations that are offering summer opportunities for the applicants.

Gjerde said CSU-Fort Collins graduate and PhD programs will also be represented. CSU showcases over 300 graduate programs.

The staff of the event suggests students and faculty members to bring a portfolio with their resumes and questions they have for the employers. The goal is to make a connection, impress and network with employers in order to ultimately obtain an interview in the future.

The career center wants to encourage freshman and sophomore students to attend the event as well because it helps to build a professional environment.

The career center hosts a variety of career-focused events and workshops throughout the year. For more information about this event, the center can be contacted at 719-549-2980 and through email.

Reservations for the career fair will be made upon receipt of registration and payment is on a first come, first serve basis.