Venue Change for the UNLV Fall Career Fair Good for Students, Not So Good for Companies
The second floor of the UNLV student union served as a place for over a thousand students to network with 107 companies on October 9.
Career Services staff worked the night before and the morning of to get everything ready for the Fall Career Fair which ran from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The staff at Career Services does everything from getting the word out to students and recruiting companies to hanging signage, putting up decorations and assisting companies with setting up their booths.
“It can be stressful but the day of the event is very rewarding when we see students making connections and getting excited about their future career opportunities,” said Alexandra Tocci, interim director of Career Services
Funding for the fair is provided by the companies in attendance and sponsorships. Companies must pay $350 each in order to attend. Sponsors include Target, Walmart, Enterprise, Boyd Gaming, Bally Technologies and Caesar’s Entertainment.
The career fair venue was changed from the Thomas and Mack to the student union in an attempt to create a more intimate feel and draw more students. The venue change combined with increased marketing seemed to draw more students to the career fair compared to past years.
“My goal was to talk with Fox 5 and I was lucky enough be able to talk with them and give them my resume,” said Heather Fayerverger, UNLV student and broadcast major.
Most companies in attendance loved the change of scenery and felt as if they were able to meet with more students.
Career Services aims for positive feedback from companies and wants them coming back year after year. “I want companies leaving our campus thinking highly of our students and wanting to hire them in the future,” Tocci said.
Not everyone was pleased with the changes, though. A handful of companies gave complaints about the cramped feel of the ballroom and thought there should be a dress code to enter the fair.
Career Services does not plan to institute a dress code requirement for student attending career fairs. “This is not something we would do because ultimately we don’t want to restrict any student from connecting with a future employer,” Tocci said.
Logistics, such as parking, was also an issue for some of the companies attending the fair, but ultimately the idea behind the change of location was to make the career fair more convenient for students.
Some of the companies in attendance were KVVU Fox 5 News, Wells Fargo Bank, Zappos and Expedia. All of the companies had their own booth and between one and four representatives to meet with attendees and provide valuable information.
Companies attend the fair for a variety of reasons. Some come to meet with students in all stages of their academic careers from freshman to seniors as a way to connect and inform, while others come solely to recruit students who are ready to enter the workforce.
KLAS-TV Channel 8 News, NBC and UNLV-TV were also in attendance to provide media coverage of the event.
Overall the goal of Career Services is to provide career related resources and be a valuable asset to students at UNLV. “The best part of our jobs is seeing a student who has come into our office to get help on a resume or interview and seeing them use feedback from us to be successful,” stated Tocci.
The Spring Career Fair will still be held at the Thomas and Mack and feedback from that event will determine if a permanent venue change to the student union will take place.
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