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4A<br />

culture<br />

Career fairs offer more than 170 employers<br />

Jennifer Baggett<br />

Contributing Writer<br />

<strong>The</strong> Career Center partners<br />

with students as they<br />

explore possibilities, develop<br />

skills and connect with<br />

opportunities related to<br />

their professional endeavors.<br />

Students can seek guidance<br />

selecting a major, planning a<br />

career, developing job-search<br />

strategies, honing interview<br />

skills, creating a resume,<br />

planning for professional<br />

school and more.<br />

Career fairs are an ideal<br />

setting to recruit for both<br />

full-time positions and<br />

internships. Students of all<br />

classifications, as well as<br />

alumni, can attend.<br />

<strong>The</strong> General Interest and<br />

Business Career Fair will be<br />

Wednesday, Sept. 27, and the<br />

Technical and Engineering<br />

Career Fair will be Thursday,<br />

Sept. 28. Both events will be<br />

held in Coleman Coliseum<br />

from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.<br />

Registration is preferred but<br />

not required to attend the<br />

events. Registration allows<br />

students to receive reminders<br />

and additional preparation<br />

information.<br />

On the day of the fair,<br />

attendees will receive both a<br />

physical and digital program<br />

with a map detailing the<br />

booth locations. <strong>The</strong> digital<br />

map includes interactive<br />

features that allow users<br />

to see employers around a<br />

specific location in real time<br />

and examine additional<br />

information about them.<br />

On the days of the career<br />

fair, UA parking guidelines<br />

will still be enforced.<br />

Transportation options<br />

include Southeast Commuter<br />

parking, which is available<br />

in the Coleman Coliseum<br />

lot and Capstone Deck, or<br />

<strong>Crimson</strong> Ride, which will be<br />

dropping off and picking up in<br />

front of the coliseum.<br />

Harley Sabbagh, the events<br />

coordinator at the UA Career<br />

Center, emphasized the<br />

opportunities for all students<br />

on campus.<br />

“Students can expect lots<br />

of employers. <strong>The</strong> engineering<br />

fair is the biggest fair UA has<br />

had to date,” Sabbagh said.<br />

“Typically, there are between<br />

130 and 150 employers on<br />

site. This year we are at max<br />

capacity at 170 employers.<br />

Similar for the general<br />

interest fair.”<br />

A list of registered<br />

employers is available<br />

through Handshake and<br />

can be filtered by full-time<br />

and part-time opportunities<br />

as well as majors and<br />

classifications. Some of the<br />

employers in attendance<br />

include Aerojet Rocketdyne,<br />

the Alabama Department of<br />

Revenue, ALFA Insurance,<br />

Amazon, American Cast<br />

Iron Pipe Company, Belk,<br />

Blue Cross and Blue<br />

Shield of Alabama, BMW<br />

Manufacturing, Brasfield &<br />

Gorrie, Burns & McDonnell,<br />

Chevron, Dell Technologies,<br />

Dynetics, Eastman Chemical,<br />

the FBI, FedEx Services, GE<br />

Appliances, Georgia-Pacific,<br />

International Paper, Lockheed<br />

Martin, Mercedes-Benz, the<br />

National Security Agency,<br />

Nucor, Southern Company,<br />

Southwest Airlines, and<br />

many more.<br />

Career Fair Crash Courses<br />

are also available to help<br />

students prepare for<br />

the event.<br />

“Career fair staff sit down<br />

with students and go through<br />

how to prepare, what to wear<br />

and resources. <strong>The</strong> ability to<br />

sign up to attend a Career Fair<br />

Crash Course is available in<br />

Handshake and through the<br />

website,” Sabbagh said.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re are currently eight<br />

available crash course<br />

options, including virtual and<br />

in-person opportunities. <strong>The</strong><br />

courses begin on Sept. 15.<br />

When students attend a<br />

career fair, the Career Center<br />

suggests starting with an<br />

elevator pitch.<br />

“Employers want to see<br />

the casual and professional<br />

side while conversing with<br />

students,” Sabbagh said.<br />

“Many employers stay on<br />

campus the day after the fairs<br />

for on-campus interviews.”<br />

<strong>The</strong> best ways to be<br />

prepared for the career<br />

fair include dressing<br />

professionally, bringing<br />

printed resumes, and<br />

researching employers<br />

through their individual<br />

websites and on Handshake.<br />

Additionally, having a<br />

profile already set up on<br />

both Handshake and Career<br />

Fair Plus can save time and<br />

provide an interactive method<br />

for locating recruiters and<br />

planning which companies<br />

to visit.<br />

Many employers are<br />

available on the basketball<br />

court as well as around the<br />

concourse area of Coleman<br />

Coliseum. If students do not<br />

have much time but want to<br />

attend the career fair, they<br />

should make sure to stop by<br />

the employers that will be the<br />

most beneficial and drop off<br />

a resume.<br />

“<strong>The</strong>re are going to be<br />

51 employers available on<br />

the basketball court and<br />

120 around the concourse,”<br />

Sabbagh said. “<strong>The</strong>re is a lot<br />

of space to walk around on<br />

the court, and that allows for<br />

more room for both students<br />

and employers. I would<br />

suggest for students to go<br />

to the basketball court first,”<br />

Sabbagh said.<br />

Having a plan and a<br />

convenient way to find<br />

information will help<br />

streamline the process and<br />

make communicating with<br />

employers quick and easy.<br />

Career Fair Plus is an app<br />

that allows students to<br />

connect with attending<br />

employers. <strong>The</strong> app<br />

includes an interactive<br />

map with employer<br />

booth locations,<br />

employer profiles and<br />

details about available<br />

opportunities. Students<br />

are encouraged to create a<br />

profile and upload<br />

their resume.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re will<br />

also be a new booth<br />

check-in feature<br />

offered at the career<br />

fairs. Within Career<br />

Fair Plus a QR code<br />

can be scanned at<br />

an employer’s booth<br />

to check in. <strong>The</strong><br />

employers can then<br />

receive your Career Fair<br />

Plus profile and resume.<br />

“Freshmen can really<br />

benefit from attending<br />

the career fair by getting<br />

an understanding of what<br />

the career fair is and how to<br />

navigate,” Sabbagh said. “It<br />

can be overwhelming.”<br />

Fatema Dhondia, a senior<br />

mechanical engineering<br />

student and engineering<br />

ambassador, has found the<br />

career fairs to be beneficial.<br />

“<strong>The</strong> career fairs are a<br />

great way to get to know<br />

employers and find out about<br />

opportunities,” Dhondia said.<br />

Career fairs are an<br />

excellent way to find and<br />

interests in companies,<br />

see what types of jobs they<br />

provide, and learn what<br />

companies are looking for. It<br />

is never too early to look for<br />

that next internship or future<br />

full-time job.<br />

CW / Reagan Christian

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