COBA career fair to be held Feb. 18

The College of Business Administration will be sponsoring its annual Business Career Fair on Feb. 18 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Johnson Coliseum.

Fifty-four different companies, businesses and federal agencies will be on hand to talk to students who are interested in internships, part time and permanent job opportunities.

“All SHSU students of all majors and classifications are invited to attend the Business Career Fair,” said Margaret Quarles, senior assistant to the Dean of the College of Business Administration. “More than a third of the companies attending are looking to hire students of any major.”

Quarles, who coordinated the fair, said she believes students who participate in the career fair can help direct future career opportunities their way, whether students are in the job market or not.

“Freshmen can build experience and confidence, sophomores can learn about internships, juniors can network with recruiters and seniors can focus on jobs currently available with specific organizations,” Quarles said.

Students attending the career fair will be provided with a name badge and summary sheet, which will provide information on specific job opportunities available at the fair. Students will also have the opportunity to enter a prize drawing that will include a television set, gift certificates and other merchandise.

Each recruit will also participate in a prize drawing. They will nominate one student in the “Best First Impression” drawing based on their opinion of who they think made the best first impression in terms of dress, demeanor and resume.

Winners of the “Best First Impression” drawing will be awarded with student subscriptions to a business periodical.

“Professional dress is not required in order to attend the fair,” Quarles said. “However, a neat appearance, proper resume, and a firm handshake are highly recommend.”

Career Services recently helped students with important first impressions. It conducted a session on resume writing and interviewing skills along with a “Dress for Success” style show, which was held on Feb. 10. SHSU students were featured modeling business attire with clothes provided by Casual Corner, Petite Sophisticate and August Max. Following the fashion show, a make-up and hairstyle session took place with audience participation.

Since the first Business Career Fair was offered in 1999, it has attracted many new organizations and businesses looking for new job applicants.

“We have a great group of organizations from both the private and the public sectors,” Quarles said.

This year’s new registrants include Anadarko Petroleum, First Educators, the Federal Reserve Bank, Hertz Corporation, PM Realty Group, the Sanders Morris Harris group and Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

Also on hand at this year’s Business Career Fair from the public sector will be the Navy Officer Programs, the Marine Corps, the Drug Enforcement Agency, General Services Administration, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the United States Secret Service.

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