Students, alum find job leads at Career Fair 2013 held at SLU

The Pennington Student Activity Center was packed Thursday with Southeastern Louisiana University students and alumni looking to get ahead in a tough job market.

During Career Fair 2013, representatives from 136 companies lured the job seekers to their booths to tell them about their companies and what jobs are available.

Cory Young, who plans to graduate in December with a master’s degree in business administration, came dressed to impress.

Wearing a suit and tie and carrying a handful of résumés, Young moved from employer to employer in hopes of finding what company best suits his credentials. Young, who hopes to find a job in human resources or marketing, found five good job leads at the fair.

“I was impressed,” Young said. “It’s easier having them all in one place. And, it was good to have the face-to-face interaction with the employers.”

Director of Career Services Ken Ridgedell said the event gave employers the ability to interact with more than 1,000 students and alumni.

“The event allows employers to more effectively identify candidates with the right mix of qualifications, personality, attitude, ability and desire that best fits their organization’s culture, philosophy and job openings — whether those openings are available now or in the near future,” he said.

About half of the 136 employers at the fair were interested in speaking with students studying all majors, Ridgedell said, although the number of employers looking for students with computer science, engineering or industrial technology degrees was up from last year’s fair.

Kaitlyn Morales, of Mandeville, a sophomore studying communications, said she visited the fair to scope out job opportunities.

“One place I like is the FBI,” Morales said. “I learned the hiring process for the FBI, and learned that they have an internship program.”

She recommends that job seekers going to career fairs and job interviews dress professionally and bring résumés.

“Also do some research about the company you’re interested in beforehand,” Morales said. “I had researched the FBI and I had some questions prepared ...”

For information on writing résumés or on interview techniques, visit www.southeastern.edu/careerfair or contact Career Services at (985) 549-2121 or careerservices@southeastern.edu.