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Employers network at MU Career Expo

Oct. 10, 2013 @ 06:57 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Marshall University students got to test the job market and network with a wide range of employers during Marshall Career Services' semi-annual Career Expo on Wednesday at the Memorial Student Center.

The expo, which targets full-time positions and internships, featured 91 employers hiring in fields such as banking, insurance, real estate and accounting. Denise Hogsett, director of Career Services, said the event would have included more than 100 employers had a handful of federal government agencies not canceled because of the government shutdown.

"We still had a much larger pool of employers than we expected with the economy," Hogsett said. "We have a good reputation with employers, and it says a lot about Marshall being a reliable place to recruit employees."

Among the job seekers was Greg Fifer, a sophomore management and information systems major who has double minors in marketing and entrepreneurship. Fifer was scoping out internships that could lead to a full-time job near his hometown of Urbana, Ohio, after he graduates.

"I've found quite a bit of good stuff," Fifer said. "I know exactly what I want to do, but I want to do all of the appropriate research in what company or corporation I'd like to work for. If I follow up on all of the contacts I've made, I think I can get a good outcome."

Many students can master writing a resume and dressing and acting professionally in an interview, but getting them to follow up with potential employers after the career expo is a challenge, Hogsett said.

"It's a difficult concept for them to grasp at first," she said. "We tell them that if they've made a good impression to not be afraid to send a thank-you note telling them that you will follow up in a few weeks. The key is being persistent without being annoying."

Hogsett also said there was a focus on job candidates marketing themselves on social media at the career expo. A photo booth where students could take professional photos for their LinkedIn accounts was set up at the entrance of the expo.

Dallas Sheldon, a Realtor and sales manager with Coldwell Banker, said his company was seeking full-time positions for Realtors and internships to help the company with its social media marketing strategies.

"We've met some really sharp, young people," Sheldon said. "Our company has its own app and uses YouTube quite a bit, but we're looking for additional assistance with expanding our presence on Pinterest, Twitter and Facebook."

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