February 16, 2012 12:00AM
Hundreds of Pittsburg State University students packed the Crimson and Gold Ballroom Thursday, hoping to make a good impression on prospective employers. It was an encouraging scene for David Hogard, assistant director of career services, who saw company participation in Spring Career Day plummet in the recent recession.
“It is not the same level as pre-recession,” Hogard said, “But the numbers for Career Fair are growing and although they’re still cautious, companies are hiring.”
Stacy Minnick, an operations recruiter for State Farm Insurance, said that even though the company had cut back on college campus recruiting in recent years, Pittsburg State remained on their list.
“PSU was one of the schools we wanted to keep partnering with,” Minnick said. “That was a decision at the highest level.”
Minnick said students are sometimes surprised by the wide variety of jobs it takes to run a company like State Farm.
“We have over 67,000 employees,” Minnick said. “It’s a large organization and it takes a lot of different people to run it. We look for people who are customer-service oriented, hard working and who show leadership potential.”
Hogard said those were common themes among employers who are carefully considering their hiring options once again.
“Pitt State has a reputation for producing graduates who are not only well prepared academically, but also who have a good work ethic and a drive to succeed,” Hogard said. “We appreciate those companies that come back year after year in search of our graduates.”