Annual Career Fair Links ECU Students, Employers
By Antwan Staley
With polished resumes in hand and appropriate pavement-pounding shoes on (most of) their feet, thousands of ECU students turned out for ECU’s Annual Fall Career Fair, held Oct. 9 at the Greenville Convention Center and the ECU Health Sciences Building.
The event attracted approximately 2,500 juniors and seniors in a variety of disciplines and more than 150 employers seeking to fill positions. Among the employers present were GEICO, Aflac, and the Internal Revenue Service.
Suzanne Martin, assistant vice chancellor for Student Life, helped arrange the Career Fair. Her efforts included contacting employers to invite them to participate.
“A number of employers turned us down this year because of the economy,” Martin said.
“The turnout was a little low for our standards, but we hope to get them to attend the fairs in the spring.”
Participating students could interact with potential employers and present their resumes and cover letters. Some students participated in job interviews.
“Students should attend a career fair simply to find a job and gain interview experience,” Martin said.
One thing students learned was how to present themselves to a potential employer. A few students showed up for the fair wearing flip-flops, shorts and T-shirts. “Not enough students know how to dress for an interview,” Martin said. “You just can’t stroll up to an employer with a T-shirt on and ask, ‘what have you got for me, buddy?’”
The fall career fair provides excellent opportunites for students who plan to graduate in December.
Five fairs are held in the spring for the larger group of May graduates. The next event is scheduled for Feb. 26 at the Greenville Convention Center.
For additional information, contact the ECU Career Center at 328-6050 or e-mail career.ecu.edu.