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Spotlight: Career Expo: Get a Jump on Getting a Job

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Friday, August 26, 2011

The UNC Charlotte Career Center for Work, Service, and Internships will hold its annual Fall Career Expo on Friday, Sept. 16, 2011, from 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM in the Barnhardt Student Activity Center. A “must-attend” event for upcoming graduates and alumni looking for full-time employment, Career Expo is also a great opportunity for students seeking internships and co-ops, or considering graduate school.

Although job market news remains mixed, employer activity over the spring and summer has increased significantly. For example, job postings through UNC Charlotte’s Career Center NinerJobNet database during the month of June increased 47 percent in comparison to June 2010. More than two-thirds of employers attending the Spring Career Expo projected more job openings in their organizations this year, and 93 percent of participating organizations rated UNC Charlotte students as a good source of talent for their positions.

Students of all majors and class levels are encouraged to attend Career Expo and take advantage of on-campus interviewing opportunities. May 2012 graduates are reminded that some employers make only one recruiting visit per year and will not return in the spring. A list of participating employers and organizations can be found online.

Typically attended by more than 1,000 students, Career Expo also is an excellent place for employers to promote their brand on campus. Early fair registration offers additional benefits, as the University Career Center will advertise each organization’s attendance as soon as it registers. Employers also can request space to conduct interviews on campus or present in-depth information to students about their organizations and recruiting processes.

Students should dress professionally and bring resumes to give to recruiters. During the week leading up to the fair, the University Career Center will offer pre-fair resume critiques and programming on how to prepare for job fairs, interview effectively and dress appropriately. For additional assistance with job or internship searches, students should consult their discipline-specific career advisors and utilize the variety of resources in the Career Resource Library and online, including local and national job market updates.

Please email Rebecca Cody with questions.