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


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.

BLACKSBURG, Va., Sept. 12, 2011 – 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.”

Virginia Tech’s nationally ranked Pamplin College of Business offers undergraduate and graduate programs in accounting and information systems, business information technology, economics, finance, hospitality and tourism management, management, and marketing. Pamplin emphasizes technology and analysis that improve business, entrepreneurship that leads to innovation and innovative companies, international opportunities for learning and research, and an inclusive, collaborative community. It is named in honor of two alumni: the late Robert B. Pamplin, retired chairman of Georgia-Pacific, and businessman, author, and philanthropist Robert B. Pamplin Jr.