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CAREER FAIR IS A SUCCESS

By Jenna Campbell
UW-RF University Communications

OCT. 28, 2005--The 2005 UW-River Falls Career Fair was a success on many levels, according to its organizers. Approximately 900 students attended the annual event. "The students who showed up were highly qualified and motivated to get jobs," says Career Fair Coordinator Lee Ewings of River Falls.

There were 89 businesses and nonprofit organizations at the fair, a significant increase from last year's count, which was 67. Representatives said they appreciated UW-RF students' skills, leadership experience, previous work experience and the overall first impression they created.  

"All, and I mean all of the attending organizations who showed up were extremely pleased with the quality of students that stopped to talk to them," says Ewings.

There were two main changes in the 2005 Career Fair. One was that the organizations could register online. "We were able to increase the number of organizations invited and generate new businesses to attend," says Ewings.

There were 50 new organizations in attendance, which was a record. "The Career Fair was a great success," says June Schubert, college recruitment coordinator "There was a wider variety of organizations participating this year, many being new to our campus, which presented new opportunities to our students"

The second change was organization sponsorship. The sponsorship was designed to fund special marketing promotions along with the Career Fair Coordinator Internship.

"The experience gained from having this internship has translated into very successful job searches for all past interns," says Ewings. Five organizations that took part in this sponsorship were Fort Dodge Animal Health, The Brickman Group, ACR Homes, AgStar Financial Services and Partners Advantage.

"It was a real accomplishment to get 90 organizations from across the country to attend our fair," says Ewings.

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