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October 25, 2013

Wolstein Center hosts over 120 employers at career fair

By Hannah Corcoran

Cleveland State hosted its 26th annual career fair on Friday, Oct. 11, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Wolstein Center.  This was the first year the event was held at Wolstein.  It had previously been held in Woodling Gym.

The career fair was the final event of career week, which offered workshops and speaker events, coordinated by the Career Services department. 

More than 120 employers filled the venue.  Their tables and display areas, offering business cards, brochures, and souvenirs, were spaced in rows that lined the entire lower level of the Wolstein Center.

Career Fair-CSU

Yolanda Burt, director of Career Services, was especially excited about the location change. 

“When you have a larger venue you can accommodate more employers and then therefore, more opportunities for our students, so we’re thrilled about being here,” she said.  “It’s all about connecting the students with the employers no matter what the venue.  That’s the number one goal.”

Students sporting their professional attire and ready with their resumes poured into the career fair to meet the various employers and companies.

Some of the companies present were: the Center for Dialysis Care, Aflac, Pizza Hut, Verizon Wireless, American Greetings, 92.3 radio, Cleveland Public Library, Quicken Loans, Cuyahoga Juvenile Court, Swagelok, Wal-Mart, Sherwin Williams and many more.

Though there were a variety of companies for students of all majors, the fair was heavily populated with technology, engineering and sales companies.

Fuad Hammad, who graduated from CSU last May with a degree in Sports Management, found looking at the companies who were registered for the fair on the career fair’s website helpful in his experience at the event. 

“That was the good thing about it, you could see online so you knew ahead of time who to talk to,” Hammad said.

Hammad talked to a few sales and management companies such as, Verizon Wireless, National General Insurance, Farmer’s Insurance and Walmart.

Hammad completed an internship with Cleveland State’s athletic department last year in order to graduate.  But, he is open to different areas of business.
“Even though say your not majoring in that field, you could still talk to them and see what else they’re looking for,” he said.  “You have to be flexible.”

Many employers were looking for potential interns or employees from a variety of majors.
Dan Gleeson, a corporate recruiter from Park Place Technologies in Chagrin Falls, said that his company was looking for business-related majors, but was not limited to any specific major.

“Good sales people can come from just about anything, political science, communications, sports management, economics…its more of a personality match,” said Gleeson.
Park Place Technologies provides post-warranty support services and maintenance for data center equipment.

Gleeson said that the career fair is helpful in recruiting potential employees.
“All of our departments are pretty much expanding,” he said.  “The more exposure we can get to the more people the better.”

Anusha Karra, an international graduate student in mechanical engineering spoke to a representative from JTEKT/Koyo, an engineering company, who recognized her from LinkedIn.

“This fair is very useful…I got a few responses from a few employers because I have applied online and the interesting part is that they recognize me through LinkedIn and they say I know you, I saw you on LinkedIn,” Karra said.  “I was so excited when he recognized me.”

The JTEKT/Koyo recruiter looked over her resume to see her GPA, skillsets, graduation date, previous work experience, and what kind of work she did in each internship program she completed.

Karra is graduating in December and looking to start a job with an engineering company in January.

Alumni also came back to Cleveland State for the career fair.

“Our employers are heavily populated with Cleveland State alumni so were excited about that,” Burt said.  “They come back to give back to go through the other side, and that is the other side of the table.”

Morgan Zuiderveld, 2009 graduate and recruitment coordinator at MCPc-Technology products and solutions came back to represent her company.  She was excited to see how much the career fair developed since she was a student.

"We didn't ha ve a ton of stuff going on for career fair because it was just really starting to develop as a program when I was a student here, but the nice thing is its expanded so much since I graduated I come back as an employer and I am proud to tote around that I am a CSU grad,” Zuiderveld said.

Zuiderveld majored in Psychology, but ended up in Human Resources.  She has been with MCPc for about four years.

“It’s nice to be able to come back and you see kids from freshman year all the way through senior year, they have internships, they get experience…it’s a really unique opportunity to be able to see the start of their careers and being part of it if we can be,” she said.

The Career Services department was thrilled with the career fair and the turnout, according to Burt.

“Its about the planning that goes into it with the career services staff and the great staff at the Wolstein, catering and everyone working together, but the number one thing is the great students that we have here at Cleveland State and our graduates, and we really wanted to connect them with our employers,” said Burt.