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25th Annual Spring Employment & Recruitment Fair at BSC Attracts 284 Job Seekers and 79 Employers

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    Friday, March 29 2013
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    Jim Nelson/Media Relations - (304) 327-4103 jnelson@bluefieldstate.edu

job fair Bluefield State College students (left-to-right) Matt Halsey and Matt Fullen talk to VIKA, Inc. Senior Associate and BSC alumnus Frank Jenkins (a civil engineer and construction forensic expert) about career opportunities during the 2013 Employment and Recruitment Fair at Bluefield State College.
(Bluefield)—Recruiters and employers from 79 organizations spoke to 284 job and information seekers during the 25th Annual Spring Employment & Recruitment Fair at Bluefield State College on March 27. The event was hosted by BSC and served Bluefield State College students and alumni, as well as students and graduates from Bluefield College, Concord University, New River Community and Technical College, National College, Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College, Southwest Virginia Community College, Valley College, and Wytheville Community College along with several residents from the region.

"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 Fair brings employment networking 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 future prospective employers." The 2013 Fair also saw a welcome increase in the number of graduate and professional schools that attended and provided admissions information for candidates seeking advanced degrees.

Each attendee taking part in the Employment & Recruitment 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 several former students who met with prospective employers at prior Fairs returned this year in the role of recruiters for the organizations with which they are now employed. "This year's event will be remembered as one of the best we've ever hosted at Bluefield State College, and it has set the bar very high for next year's Employment & Recruitment Fair, which will take place on Wednesday, April 2, 2014."
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.