At Career Showcase, 'they're hiring again'
Published: Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 6:05 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 6:05 p.m.
Before noon, Michael Treiser had eight business cards in his leather padfolio that represented eight potential employers.
The economics senior attended his fourth Career Showcase at the University of Florida on Tuesday as he hunted for job opportunities.
Hoping to a get a consulting job, Treiser said he prepared for Tuesday by going to the semesterly career fair every year. “Recruiters have good memories,” he said.
Thousands of students and alumni suited up and flooded the O’Connell Center on Tuesday for the event, which is put on by UF’s Career Resource Center. Career Showcase continues with Technical Day today and will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Heather White, director of the CRC, said she expected student attendance to be higher this year, as the number of employers increased to 243 from 225 last year.
She said was encouraged by employers going into this year’s fair.
“They’re hiring again,” she said.
Representatives from companies like Disney, Honeywell, Target and Apple set up booths that attracted those looking for job and internship opportunities.
Finance junior Donard Noel was excited and nervous as he sat on the bleachers between talks with companies. He hoped to land a summer internship.
“I had to calm myself down and reassure myself that I won’t trip up,” he said as he surveyed the floor. “It’s extremely competitive.”
Scott Weaber, branch manager for a Wells Fargo in Gainesville, said he felt that students were well-prepared to sell themselves.
“The students here are impressive,” he said.
Brice Carpenter, director of the software firm that handles logistics for R+L Carriers, said his company hired 12 people from UF who went on to form the basis of the team. “They’ve been rock stars,” he said.
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