Career Fair connects students with employers
Hundreds of people gathered in the Centennial Room in the Nebraska Union on Sept. 25 for day two of UNL's three-day Fall Career Fair.
More than 100 potential employers — including Target, Gallup and Sandhills Publishing — set up booths throughout the fair, which on Sept. 25 focused on business, service, government and liberal arts majors. Students had the opportunity to hand out resumes and ask questions to possible employers.
“We have over 120 potential employers from all over the country,” Katie Wilber, assistant director of career services, said.
The fair was held earlier than prior years, but students were still coming in large numbers throughout Wednesday afternoon.
Junior accounting major Kara Leachman said the earlier fair made a difference because many internship application due dates were Wednesday.
“Four big accounting firms were not here today because we interviewed with them last week,” she said.
Alex Brodersen, a recruiter for Gallup, said tons of students were visiting booths at the Sept. 25 fair looking for both jobs and internships in accounting and finance, project management and software development. Brodersen said he usually starts with finding out a student’s major and fitting that into the company’s open positions, looks at their resume and then follows up later.
“Career fairs are brand awareness,” he said. “It says ‘We are out there and here’s how you go through the process.’”
And the event has been successful, Wilber said. The agricultural sciences and natural resources fair was held Sept. 24 and more than 280 students visited within the first hour, she said. By the end of the fair's first day, nearly 850 students signed in.
The career fair will continue with engineering, technology and science majors from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 26 in the Nebraska Union.