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Career Planning and Development Center Hosts Annual Career Fair

UNA Career PlanningThe annual Career Fair held October 14 unfortunately fell a day after severe inclement weather in the Shoals, resulting in power outages and a two hour delay before for school opening. Despite the inconvenience, this year’s fair has been the most successful to date. “There were a lot of good businesses there,” UNA senior and Computer Information Systems Major Thomas Rhodes said. “I’ve actually been to the last couple of career fairs, and this one had a lot more vendors and was more professional. I had to dress professionally for the event, which enhanced the experience.”

For the businesses that attend the fair, Director of Career Planning and Development Melissa Medlin said, “Branding and networking are the goals. One company had just posted two positions on Lion Jobs,” she said. “And were all about getting people in and finding the right candidates.” The Lion Jobs system is one of many services the Career Planning and Development Center provides. Businesses can post job openings for free on the site and students can search opportunities and apply for positions.

Joey Walker, district sales manager for Fastenal, said the company has participated in the fair for the last four or five years and has found it to be a great opportunity for recruiting new hires. “The Career Fair has allowed us to gain access to quality individuals, most of who are still in school,” he said. “But they are already starting the process of looking for a career. Fastenal does almost all of our promotions internally, so our goal is to find quality individuals who are interested in a career in Management or Sales, and hire them into part-time trainee positions while they are still in school, and train them to be the next leaders of our organization once they graduate.”

The Career Planning and Development Center, which hosts the Career Fair, is available year round to both students and alumni seeking support with writing and polishing resumes, practicing for interviews and searching for jobs. “A lot of our alumni don’t realize that our services are available to them for a lifetime. If you’ve been laid-off, which we hope never happens, or you want to change careers 15 years after graduation, we can help you,” Medlin said.

“They have been so helpful,” Rhodes said. “This past summer I had an internship with North American Lighting. They helped me get my resume ready, did a mock interview with me, even a mock telephone interview, and I really think they helped me get the internship.” Rhodes credits Dr. Jana Beaver with first introducing him to the Career Planning Center and pushing him to utilize their services. He also said the Career Fair has been very helpful in allowing him to ask questions of the business vendors, to find out what positions are available in his major, and what companies are looking for in candidates. All current students and UNA graduates are encouraged to visit www.UNA.edu/career and let the Career Planning and Development Center help with your next professional step.

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