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April 7, 2012
The annual job fair hosted by Career Services introduced hundreds of students, alumni and community members to various employment opportunities available at a range of businesses and organizations in the region and beyond.[br][br]Sixty-one organizations from Massachusetts and Rhode Island staffed booths in the campus center's large ballroom, where they spent the day discussing their available full-time, part-time and internship positions with a steady traffic of approximately 350 students. Career Services also collected resumes to distribute to 11 organizations that could not attend the event. [br][br]To accommodate students for the job fair, Career Services provided resume critiques in the hours leading up to the Job Fair. The office also hosted a workshop, "How to Work a Job Fair," to give students tips and advice for networking. [br][br]The organizations were recruiting across all disciplines. [br][br]This year, Career Services did a few things differently, including bringing faculty and administrators together for an employer luncheon before the event. "This allows the campus community the opportunity to meet and network with the organizations that are looking to hire BSU candidates," said [b]Laurent Troland[/b], recruitment coordinator for Career Services. "Employers also value this opportunity to make connections with faculty and the campus community." [br][br]Career Services hosts several employment events on campus each semester, such as the Education Career Fair and Internship and Job Fair held in the fall semester. [br][br]Those events provide valuable networking opportunities and help place many students in jobs. They also give students a glimpse of the real-life job market. "They can see that there are many organizations eager to hire BSU candidates, but that there is also a fair amount of competition for those jobs," said Mr. Troland. "That information often helps give them the push to be that much more prepared, professional and proactive."[br][br]Mr. Troland said in today's troubled economy, Career Services wants to remain proactive and engaged with recruiters. "Even if organizations have fewer job openings we want to give our students the opportunity to network and meet recruiters face-to-face," he said. "We receive very positive feedback from organizations that state that BSU students are polished, professional and are ready for a new challenge." (Story by Rob Matheson, '07; photos by Doris Galli, '13, University Advancement)[br][br]VIDEO: [br][br]Photo montage featuring scenes the Job Fair (photos by Doris Galli, '13). [br][br]
Above and below are scenes from the Job Fair

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