Business, LAS and Human Sciences Career Fair join together for student opportunities

Cherann Boughton, senior double majoring in management and French, speaks with a recruiter for HNI Corporation during the Business, Liberal Arts & Sciences and Human Sciences Career Fair. The Career Fair was held on Wednesday Feb. 9, 2011in Hilton Coliseum and was free to ISU students.

Ben Theobald

Students dressed to impress and perfected resumes for regional and national employers at the Colleges of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Business and Human Sciences Career Fairs on Wednesday [corrected from: Tuesday] at Hilton Coliseum.

“We have about 104 employers that are here at the career fair,” said Lamont Fields, graduate assistant for the Career Services Department and graduate in educational leadership and policy studies. “A lot of our employers aren’t just hiring for regional positions, but also nationally.”

In the past, the colleges of LAS and Business have held joint career fairs, but this is the first career fair also featuring the College of Human Sciences.

“This is the first joint friendship between all three colleges,” Fields said.

Michael Smith, freshman in pre-business, was hoping to get a job working for a bank.

“I’ve talked mostly [to] banks like ING,” Smith said. “I always wanted to work at a bank. I’m hoping to get an internship as well as get a feel of what businesses are looking for.”

Tressa Borchardt, sophomore in child, adult and family services, looked for possible career opportunities for her future.

“I’m open to opportunities to see what is down the road,” Borchardt said. “I’m getting more acquainted with procedure and see what else is out there.”

David Collier, junior in supply chain management, was looking for an internship. This was his first time actively participating in a career fair.

“I printed out 45 resumes,” Collier said.

Collier did research on the career management services website where a student fills in their year and major and is given a list of employee opportunities that would most likely suit them.

“I’ve looked at Cargill, Ruan and American Eagle,” Collier said.

Pete Scheurman, store manager of a Walmart in Ankeny, recruited potential employees at the fair.

“We offer a wide variety of opportunities,” Scheurman said. “Any type of degree will apply to Walmart. Students can decide what position to apply for and can schedule an interview which will be done when we come back in the next few weeks.”

Recruiters from Hy-Vee were also present at the fair looking for potential employees.

“We have three stores in this area,” said Haley Wheeler, Hy-Vee retail recruiting specialist. “We have gotten incredible people in this area. We have gotten great results with Iowa State.”

“We have a few internships open and we are offering positions in entry-level management,” Wheeler said. “We are looking for future leaders for our company.”

Representatives of Cambridge Investment Research were offering part-time jobs that would eventually become full-time jobs for students.

“We have about 15 positions open,” said Renee Rich, Cambridge staffing coordinator. “Experiences and education are important. We’re looking for students who stand behind our core values such as integrity, flexibility, commitment and kindness.”

“The programs at Iowa State provide strong fields in business and MIS,” Rich said.