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Recruiters representing more than 130 companies and organizations – many who have had years of success finding strong UA applicants – met with University of Arizona students this week for job and internship interviews.
During the UA's Spring Career Days, held March 11-12 event, students had a chance to vie for positions with Apple, Inc., AT&T, Charles Schwab, eBay, GEICO, GoDaddy.com, the Hertz Corporation, IBM, Lowes Home Improvement, Macy's Inc., the Social Security Administration and Yelp. New in attendance this year were more than two-dozen groups, including Johnson & Johnson, the Convergys Corporation and John Hopkins University's Center for American Indian Health.
"These companies come here because our students are exceptional; employers are very impressed with them," said Susan L. Miller-Pinhey, the marketing and special events manager for UA's Career Services. "UA students' rigorous academic foundation in the classroom and the support from Career Services make the difference for our students."
The UA was just ranked in the top 100 of universities globally for its outstanding reputation and recently named by Global Employability Survey for having some of the most employable graduates in the world.
"We continue to find great candidates here," said Allie Leterman, a recruiter for Ambercrombie & Fitch in Chicago. Leterman said the company had been recruiting at the UA for at least three years.
"We want people who come with a drive to succeed and total business awareness. The rest, we can train you," Leterman said. Applicants involved on campus have a better shot at a job.
Elizabeth Ferrell, the university sales reciter for Yelp from Scottsdale, said about eight UA students had already been recruited for positions.
"We really like coming to university career fairs because new college graduates make some of the best hires. We love coming down here to speak with UA students," Ferrell said.
Standout applicants tend to be those "who know what they want out of a career and are not afraid of what they want," Ferrell said.
On the first day of the fair, UA graduating senior Tovi Johnson stopped by just to check things out and soon learned that Honeywell was on site. He happened to have a Honeywell T-shirt in his backpack, which he quickly put on before meeting the recruiting team. He landed an interview for the following day.
"Career fairs are a good way to network," said Johnson, a mechanical engineering major. "And it's nice to meet a company in person so that you can see how social they are and what they need, like what kind of projects you could work on."
Miller-Pinhey warns that it is not enough simply to be overly enthusiastic. Increasingly interviewees are expected to have a deep understanding of an organization's culture, philosophy and, sometimes, programs and projects.
Ferrell also emphasized that point, saying that applicants should have a clear handle on an organization's culture. "Students have a lot of options, but if you hate where you work, you're not going to have a good time."