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Employers need you. The career fair at the University of North Georgia Dahlonega campus made that clear last week.

Lori Cleymans, UNG’s career services specialist and internship coordinator, said, “This career fair hosted 50 companies looking to fill a range of roles, such as sales, operations, marketing, supply chain management, logistics and so much more. We had 260 students attend.”

Students speaking with employers at the career fair. Photo by Career Services

Ashley Slaughter, a senior business and marketing major, said, “I would be the first person to tell anyone to come.” She said it’s a good opportunity for students to look for future careers. Joshua Soper, a senior marketing major, said employers “all want to take my resume, and they like talking to students.”

Olivia Robinson, a senior business management major, was hoping to find an internship and make connections at the fair. She says, “If students are very invested and put in as much effort as the people at UNG are bringing in it can be very beneficial.”

Lisa Redding, director and talent acquisition for Surgical Information Systems, says that she looks for students with internship experience, or those who are involved on campus. She also says that it is important for students to show that they are involved in activities other than just college classes. Career fairs are perfect for employers, like Redding, to see future employees and gauge the personalities of students who might work for them in the future.

Students speaking with Jessi Marquardt at the career fair. Photo by Career Services

Travis McLeod, the president of Buckeye International, says he appreciates when students bring resumes due to the sheer amount of students prospective employers will meet. McLeod says this allows them to follow up with students they are interested in hiring. He also says, “Things that catch my attention are good eye contact, fun social conversation…”

Jessi Marquardt, a talent acquisition specialist for Enterprise Holdings, says that career fairs like UNG’s allow employers to see the upcoming employee pool. She says, “Communication is a number one for us and we’re looking for management trainees, a customer service and sales position, eventually becoming leadership.”

Career Services is offering another Career & Internship fair on the Gainesville campus on Wednesday, Oct. 5 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. To find out more about the fair and career services, visit their website.

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Ashley Brehm
Ashley Brehm, Staff Editor
Hey y'all, I'm Ashley! My major is Communications with a focus in journalism. I really enjoy writing for Vanguard because I like to feel like I'm a part of the community and writing about issues pertaining to students is super interesting. My home campus is in Dahlonega, but I also take classes in Gainesville.
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