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USC Career Center to host two job fairs

By Megan Sexton,, 803-777-1421

More than 150 employers will visit the University of South Carolina Jan. 29, looking to recruit students for internships and full-time positions at two job fairs.

At Career Fest, 81 employers will be seeking candidates to fill non-technical positions. The list of employers includes Aflac, Bosch, Colonial Life, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), Coca-Cola Bottling Co. and BMW.

For the Science, Engineering & Technology (S.E.T.) Fair, 70 employers are registered, with firms including Blackbaud, Continental, Computer Science Corporation, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Fluor and Milliken.

The two events will be held concurrently from noon to 4 p.m. at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. USC alumni will be required to submit a copy of their resume to enter.

Students and alumni do not need to register in advance, but are encouraged to prepare by reviewing the tips on each job fairs website and attending the January Jumpstart events. These events include employer-led resume reviews and mock interviews. Students can visit the Career Center between 1-4 p.m. weekdays for assistance with job fair preparation.

The USC Career Center will expand its student preparation efforts this year by offering both Handshake and Introduction stations in addition to the LinkedIn photo booth during the events. The goals of the student preparation stations are to emphasize the importance of first impressions and to provide students with immediate feedback. Career Center staff will provide students with quick tips on how to effectively introduce themselves to employers.

“The LinkedIn photo booth encourages students to utilize the online networking site LinkedIn and provides students with a photo to use in their professional profile. LinkedIn can be a critical networking tool in conducting an internship or job search,” said Erica Lake, the Career Center’s assistant director for employer relations.

Additionally, the Career Center encourages students to join groups to effectively utilize LinkedIn. The My Carolina - Official University of South Carolina Alumni Association Group provides beneficial networking opportunities for students with alumni.

Each job fair has a web link under the Upcoming Events section of the Career Center website at These websites provide tips for the fair and a listing of employers who will attend the events.

Complimentary shuttle service will be provided starting at 11:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. with pick-up points at Capstone (BA), Russell House (corner of Sumter and Greene streets) and Swearingen.

The University of South Carolina Career Center educates and empowers students in the development of their lifelong career management skills.

“Companies are looking forward to meeting students from various majors face-to-face to discuss their vacancies,” Lake said. “Most employers are more concerned with the students’ skills rather than their specific academic discipline. Employers value students who can demonstrate initiative, effective communication skills, the ability to manage a project and who will be lifelong learners. The job fairs provide a convenient opportunity for students and alumni to target employers of interest and meet them all at one time.”

For more information, contact Erica Lake, 803-777-3969,


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Posted: 01/25/13 @ 11:00 AM | Updated: 01/25/13 @ 12:43 PM | Permalink



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