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Career fair brings employers to student job hunters

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The yearly career fair was held March 4 for students to talk to local employers. It helped students land interviews, or even a job after graduation.

“I was really nervous about getting employers here for the career fair because of the economy,” said Michelle Gjerde, director of the Colorado State University-Pueblo Career Center.“There were some schools with only about 12 different companies recruiting.”

Around 64 companies had recruiting booths set up in the OUC Ballroom where students could talk face-to-face with recruiters about the job they would possibly be interviewing for. Nearly 500 students showed up to visit the booths and talk with possible employers.

“We always have the career fair on the first Wednesday of March because it takes about three months to get a job,” Gjerde said.career_fair_33.jpg

If everything goes as planned, the student will hopefully have a job by May when he or she graduates.

If a company would like to get a spot at the career fair it costs $200. The cost covers breakfast, lunch and a snack and helps the Career Center pay for advertising the fair.

“These proceeds go to programs that the students can use to help improve their resumes, such as Optimal Resume which is a program we just purchased,” Gjerde said. “This program has mock interviews, as well as virtual coaching to help students looking for a job, practice their interview skills and improve their resume.”

Students will also be able to use this program in the privacy of their own home over the Internet. The Career Center decided to purchase this program, not only to help students with resume, but also because of the rising enrollment at CSU-Pueblo.