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How students and recruiters view the Career Fair

For this assignment, I covered the All-Campus Career Fair at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign — a very important event for seniors looking for jobs and underclassman looking for internships.

A flyer for the Career Fair

A flyer for the Career Fair created by The Career Center at the university

With employers adding 175,000 jobs in February, the prospects for getting a job are good for future graduates.

However, this still doesn’t make the Career Fair an easy task. Your resume must be flawless, your elevator speech perfected, and your suit must be pressed to an almost crisp.

Students spend hours researching, writing, and prepping for these very moments.

Take a listen to my project to hear how students and recruiters feel about events like these.

If you would like to read along, here is the script!

Natalie Leoni-ReporterBackground noise from fair plays in the background Track 1A sea of black, grey, and navy suits fill the halls of the Activities and Recreation Center as the doors to the annual All Campus- Career fair open. The students waiting are fresh-faced with padfolios and perfectly edited resumes in hand; ready to claim a job or internship as theirs.Marnie Clark, a paraprofessional at the University’s Career Center says that it’s about meeting and greeting to get ahead(:24 secs)
Marnie Clark SOT“It’s a great opportunity for them to spend some time networking with various companies that they are interested in, to get a job or internship.”(:09 secs)
Natalie LeoniEric Schwender Track 2Many of these students are seniors looking to solidify their post graduation plans, like Eric Schwender, a senior in Engineering.(:08 secs)SOT“I’m looking for an internship and I haven’t had one yet. I’ve been doing a lot of online applications but I’m also looking for some face time too.(:07secs)
Natalie Leoni Track 3While students are waiting patiently in lines to talk to recruiters, the Recruiters are doing their best to remember students…while keeping an eye out for students that fit their criteria.Like Betsy Sang, a recruiting manager at Seilevel(:12 secs)
Besty Sang SOT
“Problem solvers, good communicators, people that just enjoy learning new material and can synthesize information quickly and ask the right questions and propose solutions and all that good stuff.”.(:12 secs)
Natalie Leoni Track 4As the career fair comes to a close many students and recruiters will leave with exactly what they were looking for while others will have another chance to make another impression at next month’s career fair.For Off the Shelf and Online, I’m Natalie Leoni.(:15 secs)
TRT: 1:30

My recorder died on me. Not battery died. Died, died. So, I had to use my phone to record. However, I think it still sounds great!

Hope you enjoy 🙂

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