The University Career Center for Work, Service, and Internships will hold its annual Spring Career Expo on Tuesday, Apr. 3, 9:30 AM - 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, the University Career Center continued to see steady improvement through employers’ fall recruiting activities. For example, employer attendance was up 16 percent at Fall Career Expo, while full-time job postings and organizations conducting on-campus interviews each increased by 45 percent in comparison to Fall 2010. Of employers attending Fall Career Expo, 60 percent projected more job openings in their organizations this year, and 40 percent predict they will target new graduates for the majority of their hiring.
Students of all majors and class levels, as well as alumni, are invited to attend to meet employers and graduate school representatives. May and August 2012 graduates seeking full-time employment especially are encouraged to take advantage of this networking opportunity. Organizations registered to attend include Capgemini Financial Services, Frito-Lay Inc., Northwestern Mutual Financial Network, Structural Integrity Associates, Target, TLV Corporation, Vanguard, and the UNC Charlotte Graduate School. An ongoing list of organizations registered for Career Expo can be found online.
With an average attendance of over 1,000 students, Career Expo is also a great chance for employers to promote their brand on campus. Early registration for the event offers additional benefits, as the University Career Center will advertise each organization’s attendance as soon as its registration is received.
Students should dress professionally and bring resumes to give to recruiters. The University Career Center will offer "pre-fair resume critiques," as well as programming on how to prepare for a job fair and interview effectively, during the week leading up to the fair. For additional assistance with the job or internship search, students should consult their career advisors and utilize the variety of resources found online and in the Career Resource Library, including updates on the job market both locally and nationally.