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Job Fair set for Sept. 16

The Career Development Center is conducting a “training camp” for students preparing to attend the fall Job and Internship Fair.

The fair will take place from 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16, in the Events Center and will feature more than 70 local and national organizations.

The CDC is holding the training-camp sessions in the days leading up to the fair. Topics include a “Professional Etiquette Crash Course: Advice from Employers” (4-5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10, in UU-102); “What Do I Say to an Employer?” (4-5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 14, in UU-102); and “Why We’ll Hire Any Major” (4:30-6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15, in UU-111).

“The job market is not what it used to be,” said Eileen Bauer-Hagerbaumer, assistant director of employer relations for the CDC. “It is highly competitive and our students need to be competitive. They’re not just competing with Binghamton students; they’re competing in a much larger realm. It really is a training camp. (Students) need to prepare.”

The CDC also is stressing the success stories of students who have landed jobs and internships. The center’s website ( not only provides stories of what the students did to earn the positions, but includes first-hand advice from the students, as well.

Holly Horn, assistant director of career development, said she has already had a student come to the CDC seeking help after being inspired by one of the success stories.

“It’s nice to know that students are reading these stories and they are meaningful to them,” Horn said. “It’s important for us to have these stories so we can say to students: ‘It’s not impossible. I can show you a story right here.’”

Students this semester are not only determined, but they are more adjusted to a tighter job market, said Bauer-Hagerbaumer and Bill McCarthy, associate director of the CDC.

“Their new normal is: ‘It’s a tough economy. What do I need to do?’” McCarthy said. “This year’s class is more aware. They’ve been confronted with it. They’re in a different place than last year’s students because they are used to this economy.”

Other upcoming fairs are: the Graduate School Fair (11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22, in the Events Center) and Law Day (11:30 a.m.-2:45 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23, in the Events Center for the Law Fair and 3 p.m. for the Law Panel in the TAU Bearcat Room).

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Last Updated: 10/14/08