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CDC Spotlight Holds Valuable News for Job Hunters

Date: May 1, 2002
Contact: Dawn Fuller
Phone: (513) 556-1823
Archive: General News

More than 150 students filed into McMicken Hall April 30 to hear employer representatives from CDS Associates, Cintas, Comair, Convergys, Kroger and Pfizer share secrets of job search success in a tough economy.

The University of Cincinnati Career Development Center invited the reps for the Employer Spotlight. Because they have real and current career opportunities, these employers networked with students prior to formal presentations, and fielded students' questions regarding their experiences in their job search. They reminded students to leave a positive impression and, even more important in this tough economy, to find ways to personalize contact with employers.

"We receive so many resumes today, that we don't have to go looking for good candidates", said Steven Browne, Director of Human Resources at CDS. Joe Abrams, Kroger manufacturing recruiter, said, "I received so many resumes electronically one day (over 5000) that it literally crashed our system."

"Looking for a job is a job. Students have to be unique and hungry to outwit the competition," said Amy Lambert, district manager at Pfizer. "I want them to want me more than I want them initially."

"This means networking with employers, family, faculty and friends and most importantly, taking full advantage of the services of your Career Development Center," said Ralph Lee, Comair's vice president of in-flight services.

John McDonough, vice president of Convergys, stressed the importance of knowing yourself and the organization. "Many students have no idea what my company does," he said, "but we'll hire about 90 persons this year, and those competing for my jobs had better know."

Following the event, students waited in line to network with participating employers. Several commented that they got more than they thought they would out of this event.

Acording to Career Development Center's (CDC) director, Linda Bates Parker, "Even though all of our career fairs are concluded for this academic year, we plan to continue to assist students with their job search. In addition to ongoing resume critiques and practice interview assistance and actual on-campus interviews, CDC regularly receives job listings from employers nationwide. Any UC student can access these opportunities by obtaining the password from CDC."

Graduating students should contact CDC immediately for job search assistance online or in person at 620 Old Chemistry. Students may schedule career and job search assistance with CDC's experienced counselors by calling 556-3471.

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