Corporate Recruiters Like Talent Pool at UH Bauer Career Fair

Published on September 26, 2008
UH Bauer students and corporate recruiters spilled into three ballrooms at the UH Hilton Hotel during the Fall Career Fair.

UH Bauer students and corporate recruiters spilled into three ballrooms at the UH Hilton Hotel during the Fall Career Fair.

Thousands of UH Bauer College students looking for internships and preparing for the job market after graduation met with recruiters from the area’s leading businesses at the Fall 2008 Career Fair held by Rockwell Career Center in September.

Representatives from more than 150 companies attended the fair, which has more than tripled in size in the last year. Bauer College produces a very qualified crop of potential employees, said Brandee Houston, a recruiting manager for PricewaterhouseCoopers.

“The difference between Bauer students and other students that we have worked with is that they have a hunger in their pursuit,” she said. “They come very well prepared, and it’s easy to see what steps they’ve taken to market themselves when you are communicating with them.”

A “Reverse Career Fair” held before the main event gave student organization members the opportunity to mingle with representatives from more than 150 companies.

A “Reverse Career Fair” held before the main event gave student organization members the opportunity to mingle with representatives from more than 150 companies.

The biannual Career Fair gives recruiters the opportunity to connect with students on a more personal level than simply receiving a résumé in the mail, Houston added.

“Getting to meet recruiters in person is very important for students,” she said. “Face-to-face contact is the best way to make that initial connection.”

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 and executive director of the Rockwell Career Center.

“Anyone can benefit from going to the Career Fair,” said Belinne, assistant dean and executive director of the Rockwell Career Center. “The companies are really looking at juniors and seniors, but we told sophomores to attend as well so they can start considering internships for the future.”

Over 2,000 students attended the most recent Career Fair, which has become a “must do” on the calendar of nearly every Bauer student. “The opportunity to reach so many companies at once is the most beneficial part,” supply chain management senior Annette Cox said. “I got a few good bites, and I’ll use their business cards and literature to follow up with them.”

Cox, who is the vice president of APICS, the association for supply chain management students at Bauer College, also connected with recruiters at a Reverse Career Fair prior to the main event. There, business student organizations hosted tables and shared information on their groups with recruiters.

“The Reverse Career Fair was extremely beneficial for our organization,” Cox said. “Companies were coming up to us, and it was nice to know companies were specifically seeking supply chain majors and we were there for them.”

By Hannah Eastham

About the University of Houston

The University of Houston, Texas’ premier metropolitan research and teaching institution, is home to more than 40 research centers and institutes and sponsors more than 300 partnerships with corporate, civic and governmental entities. UH, the most diverse research university in the country, stands at the forefront of education, research and service with more than 35,000 students.

About the Bauer College of Business

The C.T. Bauer College of Business has been in operation for more than 60 years at the University of Houston main campus. Through its five academic departments, the college offers a full-range of undergraduate, masters and doctoral degrees in business. The Bauer College is fully accredited by the AACSB International – the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. In August 2000, Houston business leader and philanthropist Charles T. (Ted) Bauer endowed the College of Business with a $40 million gift. In recognition of his generosity, the college was renamed the C.T. Bauer College of Business.

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