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IPFW Job Fair to Connect Students with Potential Employers

Written by: Communicator StaffSeptember 14, 2016

By: Nicole Winans

The annual Mastodon Job and Internship Fair will be held in Gates Fieldhouse from 12 to 3 p.m. Sept. 20.

The fair is free and open to the public. It has been hosted on campus for over 30 years.

Andrea Ogubi, IPFW’s career events coordinator, said, “I expect to host about 150 employers recruiting for around 3000 open positions.”

According to Ashley Calderon, the director of IPFW’s career services, 648 students and alumni attended and 158 employers registered for last year’s fair.

“We expect to have a similar attendance this year,” Calderon said. “The number of students and alumni attending is up 44 percent from five years ago, and the number of employers is up 107 percent from five years ago.”

Students attending will receive a free lunch and professional padfolio while supplies last. There will be a coat and bag check station sponsored by Federated Insurance and a photo booth sponsored by Federated Media.

“Attendees can have free professional headshots taken for their LinkedIn profile. A photographer will shoot and edit the photos and then email them to attendees after the event,” Calderon said.

To prepare for the fair, Career Services is offering job fair prep sessions Sept. 13 – 15 in the Science Mall. The Stand Out from the Career Fair Crowd Webinar will be held from 12 to 1 p.m. Sept. 14. They also have drop in hours from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday in Kettler 109.

Prep sessions will cover topics such as first impressions, resume building and interviewing skills.

There will be a panel discussion on diversity and inclusion for employers before the fair. Career Services will also be available to answer questions before and after the fair.

Calderon said that the IPFW Mastodon Job & Internship Fair provides a great opportunity to connect with regional employers.

The Career Services job fair flyer said, “A job fair provides a fantastic networking opportunity, allowing you to meet and gather information on multiple employers. By meeting employers face-to-face, your first impression is more memorable than just sending your resume.”

Last year 652 job seekers attended this event from Indiana, Ohio and Michigan according to career services.

Calderon said, “Employers attending the job fair have recruitment needs. Students do get interviews, job offers and make connections with employers at this event.”

The current list of this year’s employers can be viewed on JobZone. Aerotek, Dupont Hospital, Lincoln Financial Group, Parkview Health and Steel Dynamics are just a few of the large employers attending the fair.