Career fairs to take place in Bryant Conference Center

Adrienne Burch

The University Career Center will host career fairs from Feb. 19 to Feb. 21 in the Bryant Conference Center.

The Communication Career Fair is Tuesday, Feb. 19, from 1 to 4 p.m., General Interest and Business is Wednesday, Feb. 20 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Technical and Engineering is Thursday, Feb. 21 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“Attending career fairs gives students the opportunity to network with employers from a wide range of industries,” Susan Cowles, director of career management for the Career Center at Culverhouse, said.

Cowles encouraged all students to come to the fairs prepared.

“One of the first and most important aspects to prepare for a career fair is to research potential employers,” Cowles said. “The more time you devote to researching a prospective employer, the better your chances of finding the best possible position with a company.”

Students must be dressed in business professional attire and have their ACT card for entrance into the fair.

Caroline Murray, the public relations student assistant for the Career Center at Culverhouse, said students should bring their résumés and research companies prior to coming to the events.

“Have something to say when you approach them,” Murray said. “Tell them how you can add value to their company.”

She said students should really look into companies so they can have intelligent conversations with specific companies.

Several major companies that will be present are AT&T, Frito-Lay, Mercedes-Benz and Northrop Grumman Corp. A full list of the participating employers can be found on career.ua.edu

Murray also encouraged all students to attend the fair.

“Start going as a freshman,” she said. “Start getting your name out there. It’s a good way to get your nerves out in advance.”

Students are expected to adhere to standard parking policy for the three days, but the Crimson and Crimson Express Ride routes will run to the Bryant Conference Center.

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