Recruiters from the area’s leading businesses packed three ballrooms at the University of Houston Hilton Hotel during the Spring 2009 Career Fair hosted by the C. T. Bauer College of Business Rockwell Career Center in February.
Representatives from nearly 100 companies met face-to-face with UH Bauer students and discussed internships and job openings, despite a struggling economy. An internship is one way to make a student stand out in a competitive job market, especially during a time when the market slows, said Fields Leake, senior vice president for Strategic Financial Group.
“Typically, we hire students who have some form of internship experience in the area we are looking for,” he added. “They are going to have a better understanding of what we do.”
Along with internship experience and a strong resume, communication skills and the ability to network are the qualities recruiters put at the top of the list when working with students, Leake said.
“We want students who are independent, self-reliant and who like meeting people,” he added. “The people who succeed in this business know a lot of people and see a lot of people.”
Even if students weren’t offered a job or internship on the spot at the fair, they had the chance to network and make important contacts to secure an interview, said Jamie Belinne, Assistant Dean for Career Services at Bauer College.
“We had several students offered internships on the spot at Career Fair this year, which is unusual,” she said. “We also had companies who were looking at intern candidates for 2010, so they were more focused on sophomores than in the past.”
By Hannah Eastham