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Northwest's annual Career Day gives job candidates an opportunity to interact with employers offering full-time, part-time, summer and internship opportunities. This year's event will be 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Tuesday, March 1, at Bearcat Arena.

Northwest's annual Career Day gives job candidates an opportunity to interact with employers offering full-time, part-time, summer and internship opportunities. This year's event will be 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 1, at Bearcat Arena. (Photo by Darren Whitley/University Advancement)

Feb. 22, 2011

Annual Career Day, Graduate Information Fair set for March 1

Career Day facts:

Number of companies pre-registered for Spring 2011 Career Day: ­­­­­­­­­51

Number of companies who attended Fall 2010 Career Day: 60 

The organizations in attendance may be seeking individuals for full or part-time employment, graduate programs and/or internships. 

Job outlook and trends for the class of 2011:

According to a survey conducted by NACE research, employers nationwide expect a 13.5% increase in hiring from last year. This is a substantial increase since 2010's 5.3% increase in hires. In addition, employers plan to raise actual numbers of candidates accepted per recruiting year.

What do employers look for in a candidate?

The 2011 NACE survey indicates employers feel that relevant work experience is one of the most important advantages a potential candidate can arm themselves with during their job search. Communication skills, strong work ethic, and team work skills also rate as some of the top qualifications employers look for in college graduates. The ability to comfortably and effectively operate computers continues to climb the list of those skills most desired by employers.

What do students look for in an employer?

NACE reports that opportunity for advancement and job security top the list of things that graduates entering the workforce look for when considering potential employers.  These same candidates said that the two benefits that they most desired were medical insurance and an acceptable rate of annual increase in salary. 

MARYVILLE, Mo. - Northwest Missouri State University will host its annual Career Day from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Tuesday, March 1, at Bearcat Arena.

Additionally, for the first time, Northwest's Graduate Information Fair will coincide with Career Day. Students have the opportunity to visit with representatives of the graduate school at the north end of Bearcat Arena from 1:30 to 3 p.m.

On Wednesday, March 2, students may interview on campus for full-time employment and internships during Interview Day. Participating employers may attend and fill their schedules during Career Day.

Career Day gives students a chance to interact with employers offering full-time, part-time, summer and internship opportunities. Representatives from a variety of graduate schools and professional programs will distribute information to students interested in continuing their education.

The chance to network with hiring companies, in a familiar setting, is especially valuable with such a competitive job market. According to a recent employment survey, about 95 percent of Northwest graduates who responded are employed or continuing their education within six months of graduation.

Attending employers will represent an array of industries. Representatives will be at Northwest on behalf of Ag Processing Inc., Buckle Inc., Cerner Corporation, Garmin International, Nodaway Broadcasting, Northwestern Mutual and Worlds of Fun, among others. Registrations are received daily and often total about 100 employers and graduate schools.

Northwest's Career Services website has a complete list of registered employers, graduate schools and preparatory materials. These materials include resume and cover letter writing guides and instructional videos, ranging in topics from "How to Attend a Northwest Career Day" to self-marketing and networking skills. Interview tips and services designed to assist in almost every facet of career exploration and preparation also are available.

For more information about Career Day and the Graduate Information Fair, or any available services, visit the Career Services website at www.nwmissouri.edu/careerserv or call 660.562.1250.


For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Media Relations Specialist
mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
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