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23rd Annual Spring Job Fair at BSC Attracts more than 300 Job Seekers and over 60 Employers (w/photo)

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    Wednesday, April 13 2011
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    Jim Nelson/Media Relations - (304) 327-4103 jnelson@bluefieldstate.edu
job__fair_2011 Maurices representatives Kristen Ratliff (seated, left) and Amanda Lawrence (seated, right) discuss career opportunities with a job candidate during the recent Spring Job Fair at Bluefield State College. The fair attracted 63 employers and more than 300 job and career candidates.

(Bluefield)—Recruiters from 63 employers spoke to 309 job seekers during the 23rd annual Spring Job Fair at Bluefield State College on April 6th. Although the event is hosted by BSC, the students and graduates of Concord University, Bluefield College, New River Community and Technical College (NRCTC), Southwest Virginia Community College, and Wytheville Community College were also invited to participate, as were residents of the region. The Job Fair provides an opportunity for students, recent graduates, and other individuals pursuing career interests to meet and discuss options with potential future employers.

"This year's event attracted a large contingent of job seekers, as well as a sizeable group of employers and recruiters, and that's particularly encouraging because of the challenges faced by business and industry in today's economy," noted Tom Harrison, BSC's Director of Career Services. "The Job Fair brings employment opportunities to students approaching graduation, along with recent graduates. It also provides a laboratory-type learning experience for freshmen, sophomores, and juniors who get to meet and talk to prospective employers."

Each attendee taking part in the Job Fair received a vendors' map, noting the location of each recruiting organization, as well as the academic areas of emphasis sought by each recruiting organization.

Harrison observed that approximately a dozen students who met with prospective employers at prior Job Fairs returned this year in the role of recruiters for the organizations with which they are now employed. He also expressed special appreciation to all the individuals that are vital to the success of this annual event. "Many people worked many long hours together to make this project happen," he said.