February 11, 2009 12:00AM
A slim job market won't stop 85 employers and graduate schools from visiting Pittsburg State University next week for Spring Career Day, to be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12, in the Crimson and Gold Ballroom of the Overman Student Center.
"In light of the economy, 85 is a very good number," said Mindy Cloninger, director of career services. "We were sweating it a little bit and kind of wondering what it would be like. Last year we had 92."
Cloninger said that the recession has led to an increase in graduate school and military interest in fairs such as this one, but some companies have declined to attend.
"We certainly are hearing from some organizations whose recruiting and travel budgets have been cut or frozen, and their comment to us is they still value Pittsburg State students and intend to be back to campus at their first opportunity," Cloninger said. "So we are seeing some companies that traditionally are at our fair that will not be there this year, but only a couple. Overall, most of our regular employers will still be in attendance."
Dennis Burns, director of business development for Crossland Construction, said attending events such as the Spring Career Day is actually essential to surviving tough times.
"Just because we are in what some would call desperate times, that doesn't mean that you discontinue your efforts to find the best talent you can possibly find," Burns said. "The talent search should never be in a recession. This is going to pass, and the organizations that are more prepared and stronger and better when this passes are the ones that win."
Cloninger said there will be plenty of opportunities for students to visit with employers from many fields, ranging from manufacturing to social services to finance.
"This fair is traditionally not only for full-time job hunters, but also summer and internship job opportunities," Cloninger said. "But there is a wide variety of industries represented, so I think students will find that there are some good options and opportunities at this fair."
Cloninger said she is looking into organizing an event aimed at helping students find jobs in tough times. In addition, the Office of Career Services will sponsor Teacher Interview Day, which introduces education students to employers, in March.
For more information, call Career Services at (620) 235-4140, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Information is also available at http://www.pittstate.edu/careers.
Spring Career Day is sponsored by Crossland Construction, Farmers Insurance, Walgreens, Tank Connection, Blitz U.S.A., the Walsh Group, and Cessna Aircraft.