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Career Fair ready for job-hunting students

Emma Driscoll | Wednesday, February 1, 2006

Representatives from companies and organizations such as Reebok International, Ltd., JP Morgan Chase and Microsoft Corporation will make their way to Notre Dame today for the 2006 Winter Career and Internship Fair, sponsored by the Career Center.

This year’s fair, taking place from 4 to 8 p.m. today in the Joyce Center Fieldhouse, will have “the largest number of employers ever,” said Anita Rees, the Career Center’s associate director. One hundred and sixty four employers will attend the fair while 37 non-profit organizations and 14 government agencies will also be represented.

Several employers new to the fair include OMD (media communications specialists), Rodale Publishing (book and magazine publishers), Midway Amusement Games (Xbox, PlayStation 2, Gameboy Advance and GameCube games), Our Lady of Guadalupe Middle School and Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Chicago.

In past years, 20 to 30 employers typically posted opportunities with the fair but did not send representatives to the actual event. This number has significantly decreased, as this year’s fair has only seven employers that have posted opportunities but will not be attending. Full-time, part-time and internship opportunities will be available.

“[There are] innumerable reasons to come to the fair, even if you don’t know what you’re [pursuing],” Rees said.

The fair will be “for every single major on campus,” with approximately 240 postings that list Arts and Letters majors among the majors sought, said Rees. Eighty-six postings include sophomores as well.

Rees also said students should bring resumes to the Fair, but cover letters are not necessary.

“If you don’t have a resume, come just to meet and explore the different employers that come to Notre Dame and the opportunities they offer,” she said.

Employers will also hold a reception from 12 to 2:30 p.m. in the Monogram Room of the Joyce Center to allow students to address diversity topics – including the roles of women, different races and affinity groups – within the organizations.

“All students and employers are [also] invited to attend the diversity reception … to ask very different questions of employers,” Rees said.

Rees said the fair will be beneficial to students who attend.

“[The fair intends] to provide a unique opportunity for a large number of students to talk, greet and network with a large number of employers from diverse industries and sectors,” she said.