SJU Welcomes Employers, Job Seekers to Career Fair

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

by Kelly Farber

Job seekers and employers alike will flock to the Saint Joseph’s University Fieldhouse on Thursday, February 26th to take part in Saint Joseph’s University Spring Career Fair. The event will take place between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The companies in attendance will be looking to hire students for full and part-time jobs as well as for internships. Johnson & Johnson, Lincoln Financial Group, Wawa, NutriSystem, and the Peace Corps are among the companies and organizations that will be represented.

About 150 employers are expected to be in attendance with more being added daily, a number that is consistent with past years despite the current recession. According to Matthew Brink, director of the Career Development Center at Saint Joseph’s, attending networking events like the Career Fair is crucial to nabbing a job during this time of economic hardship.

“It’s all about using the tried and true tactics for job hunting, but giving the process more time and effort,” Brink says. “We see companies beginning to limit their job postings as a cost savings--they move from marketing to gatekeeping.”

The Saint Joseph’s University Career Development Center has been working to prepare students for the fair through workshops like “Making the Most of the Career Fair”, “Today’s Economy and Your Job Search” and the Senior Etiquette dinner held at the Manayunk Brewery and Restaurant . Brink says using this matrix of resources is the best way for the job seeker to get ahead in uncertain times.

“We’re telling students the same things we’ve always told them: start early, share your resume with the career services office and attend the many networking events our office hosts throughout the year,” he advises.

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