Spring 2010 Business Career Fair Success
Students don’t usually dress in business suits to go to the Activities and Recreation Center (ARC) but they did on Tuesday and Wednesday this week.
With his tie tucked in a perfect knot, Timothy Pien, sophomore and member of the Minority Business Student Association, stood at the entrance of the ARC greeting recruiters as they arrived and helping them carry signs and giveaways inside for the second day of the Spring ’10 Business Career Fair.
“It’s a great chance to meet people,” said Pien. “It’s a cold day and we want to make a good impression on our visitors. It’s very important that our students get this opportunity.”
And an opportunity it was, too. Gym 2 was filled with recruiters and job-seekers discussing top companies like Caterpillar, CDW, General Electric, Hertz Corporation, Jewel-Osco, U.S. Navy, and the Internal Revenue Service.*
Dave Suwanski, vice president, Marketing, The Nielsen Company, drove down from Schaumburg, Ill. with a team of recruiters hoping to land a few great candidates.
“We have been so impressed with previous candidates who now work for us, that we’re back looking for more,” said Suwanski. “We need capable people who can help our clients drive their business using the many analytic capabilities that Nielsen can offer--and we feel the University offers a solid pool of candidates to draw from."
Organizers of the fair included the staff of Business Career Services and four student organizations: Business Council, Delta Sigma Pi, Minority Business Student Association, and the Finance Club.
“The Business Career Fair is an impressive operation,” according to Kim Surles, associate director of the Business Career Services at ILLINOIS. “We organize the recruiters, advertising, resumes, the space, lunch, parking, and more with the help of our student organizations. We provide a soft touch so that everyone can enjoy the process without worrying about the details. We do all this to get the students in front of employers.”
A recruiter break room, coat check for the students, and shuttle service that runs throughout the fair enhance the experience.
Surprisingly, despite the tough economy, student attendance was down 4.5 percent this year, according to Rebecca Goben, assistant director for recruitment with the Business Career Services. 1125 students attended on Tuesday and 956 attended on Wednesday.
“Hopefully that leaves more jobs for those who go [to the career fair],” said Pien optimistically.
Nevertheless, the number of companies in attendance was up, 116 versus 108 in the spring of 2009, said Goben.
Danielle Jacque, a recruiter for the Chicago Office of KPMG, said the economy has not noticeably influencedthe number of interested students, from her perspective.
“We’ve seen an increase in “conversions, where interns come on full-time," Jacque said. It speaks a lot to the ILLINOIS reputation. ILLINOIS students are highly sought after.”
If it’s any indication, more than 100 alumni recruiters, out of the 400 who attended, came to speak with the potential applicants and to share a common bond.
Illini spirit was alive and well at the 2010 Spring Career Fair.
* SPRING 2010 BUSINESS CAREER FAIR COMPANY PARTICIPATION (as of 1/25/10)
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 2
ABERCROMBIE & FITCH CO.
AMERICAN TRANSPORT GROUP, LLC
ARCHER DANIELS MIDLAND
BECKMAN COULTER, INC
BROOKSOURCE/TECHNICAL YOUTH, LLC
C. H. ROBINSON WORLDWIDE, INC.
CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY
CROWE HORWATH LLP
DISCOVER FINANCIAL SERVICES, LLC
ECHO GLOBAL LOGISTICS
FEDERAL RESERVE BANK OF CHICAGO
FIRST MIDWEST BANK
FIRST STATE BANCORP
FOLLETT HIGHER EDUCATION GROUP
GRANT THORNTON LLP
HORMEL FOODS CORPORATION
HURON CONSULTING GROUP
ILLINOIS OFFICE OF THE AUDITOR GENERAL
ILLINOIS QUAD CITY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
JCPENNEY COMPANY, INC.
KOHL'S DEPARTMENT STORES
MCGLADREY & PULLEN, LLP
MESIROW FINANCIAL, INC. INVESTMENT BANKING CORP
NEWS AMERICA MARKETING
NORTHWESTERN MUTUAL FINANCIAL NETWORK
PLANTE MORAN, PLLC
PRECISION CASTPARTS CORP (PCC)
SCOULAR COMPANY, THE
SEARS HOLDINGS CORPORATION
SMART BUSINESS ADVISORY AND CONSULTING, LLC
TECHTRONIC INDUSTRIES (TTI)
TOTAL QUALITY LOGISTICS (TQL)
TRUE PARTNERS CONSULTING
U.S. MARINE CORPS
WALGREEN COMPANY, THE
WELLS FARGO BANK
YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS ACROSS AMERICA (YEAA)
ZURICH NORTH AMERICA
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 3
AMERICAN CHARTERED BANK
AMERICAN MARKETING & PUBLISHING
BAKER TILLY VIRCHOW KRAUSE
BANKERS LIFE AND CASUALTY
CHICAGO TRADING COMPANY (CTC)
CONSOLIDATED GRAPHICS, INC.
DRURY HOTELS COMPANY, LLC
ERNST & YOUNG LLP
FERGUSON, A WOLSLEY COMPANY
FRANCHISE TAX BOARD
HEALTHSCAPE ADVISORS, LLP
ICON COMPANIES, THE
INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE
JOHNSON & JOHNSON
JP MORGAN CHASE
KEMPER CPA GROUP LLP
KENRICH GROUP LLC (THE)
MARATHON OIL COMPANY
MAXIM HEALTHCARE SERVICES
MEDIX STAFFING SOLUTIONS
NAVIGANT CONSULTING INC.
NIELSEN COMPANY (THE)
STATE FARM INSURANCE COMPANIES
TCF NATIONAL BANK
TOYS R US
U.S. SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT SPRINGFIELD
WELLS FARGO FINANCIAL