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Employer sign-ups for Business Horizons career fair surpass 2010, job outlook better for college students

September 12, 2011

The Advance Auto Parts booth at the 2010 Business Horizons career fair.
Students stop by the Advance Auto Parts booth at last year's Business Horizons career fair.

Nearly 150 employers have signed up to attend the 29th annual Business Horizons career fair of the Pamplin College of Business on Thursday, Sept. 15, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., in Squires Student Center’s Commonwealth and Old Dominion ballrooms.

“We have sold out our available booths but we can find room for a few more employers, if necessary,” says Stuart Mease, Pamplin’s undergraduate career services director. “Employer registrations are up,” he says. The fair drew 127 employers last year and 106 in 2009. “There are plenty of jobs, if students have acquired skill sets in demand or are willing to take a position that is not their dream job.”

Five Pamplin majors are routinely among the 10 majors most sought after by recruiters visiting campus, according to the university’s Career Services office. A 2010 Wall Street Journal employer survey ranked Virginia Tech as the 13th best place for college recruiting.

More than 2,000 students attended Business Horizons last year. The event, organized by Pamplin undergraduates, gives students and employers a good opportunity to meet and interact with each other in one central location, Mease says.

“A job seeker will have no better opportunity to meet face-to-face with hundreds of company representatives. To reproduce the environment of a job fair will take many months to orchestrate. That’s why the job fair is still the best job search tool for seekers.”

 

 

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