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Mount Union Students attend CareerFest Job and Internship Fair in Columbus, Ohio

February 5, 2007

Mount Union students attended CareerFest 2007, a job and internship fair at the Aladdin Shrine Center in Columbus, Ohio on Friday, February 2.

The CareerFest, which included over 108 recruiters, offered internship and employment opportunities for all majors and was open only to students and alumni from participating Ohio Foundation for Independent Colleges (OFIC) institutions. Mount Union has, for the past several years, posted the highest student participation.

Becky Doak, director of career development, said recruiters at CareerFest are always impressed with Mount Union students.

'Recruiters tell me Mount Union students are well-prepared, well groomed and just stand out,' Doak said.

Several Mount Union students found CareerFest to be beneficial because of the opportunity to practice communicating with perspective employers.

'The fair helped strengthen my communication and interviewing skills by allowing me to speak with representatives of many companies,' Dave Collinsworth, a junior, said. 'Now, since attending CareerFest, I am able to prepare better for future interviews.'

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Other Mount Union students found Career Fest to be valuable for their job and internship search.

'I found out about a few great possibilities that I am going to look into further,' junior Karen Collins said. 'It's a great way to meet employers from all over the state in all different fields.'

'I am now applying to companies that I would have never considered applying to had I not gone to Career Fest,' sophomore Ryan Coller said.

Mount Union students recommend attending CareerFest or any job and internship fairs.

'CareerFest, or any job fair, is a great way for students to get their names and resumes out to major companies who are looking for anything from interns, to part-time or full-time employees,' Collinsworth said.

According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), collegial career and job fairs rank fifth out of the 18 most effective recruiting methods.

Upcoming job and internship fairs for all majors include the Columbus Recruiting Consortium at the Aladdin Shrine Center in Columbus, Ohio on Thursday, February 22 and the Stark County Collegiate Job Fair at Kent State University-Stark Campus, Professional Conference Center in Canton, Ohio on Wednesday, March 14.

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