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Career fairs to showcase future job opportunities

2012 criminal justice graduate Caleb Watts speaks with a representative at the Career Fair. Photo: Photo Services

The recruiters are coming! The recruiters are coming!

More than 30 employers offering jobs in a wide variety of fields will be on campus Wednesday for the BJU Career Fair followed by a Health Science Career Fair on Thursday.

Career Services manager Dr. Steve Buckley said these events will give students the opportunity to connect with potential employers.

“I call the Career Fair an opportunity to get acquainted, to introduce yourself, to share your resume [with potential employers],” Buckley said.

The Career Fair will be open to students from 11:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Wednesday in the Riley Reception Room of the Student Center. Local, regional and national opportunities will be represented at the fair for full-time and part-time jobs as well as internships.

Jobs in business, marketing, sales, accounting, military, graphic design and communication are among some of the opportunities available at the Career Fair. Job placement agencies that can connect students to jobs nationwide will also be represented. A full listing of the employers coming to the fair can be found on the Career Services page on the BJU intranet.

Buckley said many of the employers who participate in the Career Fair know the rigor of BJU’s academic programs. “They’re excited about connecting with the talent here,” he said.

Students from all classifications can benefit from going to the Career Fair, not just upperclassmen looking for employment after graduation. “[It’s] a great opportunity for younger students to get familiar with the process,” Buckley said.

A separate Health Science Career Fair is set to take place on Thursday from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in the Riley Reception Room.

There will be about a half dozen employers from hospital and health care organizations offering health care job opportunities at this event.

Buckley said a separate event is being held this year for health science jobs to allow nursing students a chance to better connect and introduce themselves with health care professionals. Nursing students cannot begin the official application process for a nursing position until they are licensed following graduation.

According to University Nursing Association adviser Mr. Brad Reeder, nursing students must pass a national licensure exam after graduation to become a licensed RN. “Once they obtain that license through the national certification, they can apply for a position as a nurse, just like anywhere else,” he said.

“The students are going to have this opportunity to showcase themselves to the recruiters,” Reeder said.

Career Services has an entire list of suggestions to consider before heading to one of the career fairs. This list includes researching the employers before going to the fair and dressing professionally. They also encourage students to have a high-quality resume to present to potential employers. They offer a free resume reviewing service as well. Students can get advice for improving their resumes by emailing them to [email protected]. A complete list of tips for recruiting events can be found on the BJU intranet under the “Life at BJU” tab.

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