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EMU College of Business' Excellent Reputation Attracts Top-Tier Networking Opportunities at Annual Job Fair

Published December 21, 2015

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Jiffy Mix CEO, Howdy Holmes, speaks at the COB Job Fair

Jiffy Mix CEO, Howdy Holmes, speaks at the
COB Job Fair

Eastern Michigan University’s College of Business Job Fair attracted more recruiters than ever before, thanks to the University Advising and Career Development Center’s aggressive outreach and the quality of EMU students. 

The 25th annual job fair, held in September in the Gary Owen Building, drew a record-breaking 70 recruiters—17 more than last year. Recruiters included representatives from top-tier employers such as Ford Motor Company, General Motors, Deloitte and Quicken Loans, as well as smaller businesses such as Shinola.

“Part of the reason the job fair attracted so many recruiters was an expansion of our outreach efforts,” says Barb Gehring, a career coach for the University Advising and Career Development Center.

“But another reason was the reputation of the COB and our students. Eastern’s business students are hard workers. They are able to balance work and school while maintaining high grade point averages. Also, the COB is one of the best business schools in the region. These are attractive qualities for recruiters,” she adds.

Careers represented included accountants, analysts, consultants, managers, financial advisors, insurance underwriters, interns and operations specialists, added Gehring, who served as job fair director.

Graduate student Yacong Fang and undergraduate student Ashley Bullard were among the 600 EMU students in attendance.

“I turned to Eastern’s Career Development Center to fine-tune my resume and cover letter before I went to the job fair. They also showed me how to talk with interviewers and answer questions,” says Fang, who received an invitation for an interview from GM Financial’s accounting department.

“Most importantly, EMU staff helped me analyze my advantages and weaknesses and told me how to improve. They were instrumental in helping to get my job interview,” adds Fang, who is on track to receive a master’s in accounting this December.

Senior Ashley Bullard says she attended the job fair to gain insight into “the real world business environment,” including gaining a better understanding of job markets and networking opportunities.

Bullard, who is on track to earn a bachelor’s of accounting in December 2017, received invitations for interviews from Ford Motor Company and GM Financial.

Part of the reason for the COB’s excellent reputation lies in its innovative, cutting-edge curriculum and numerous programs that interact with the business community and provide practical experience. Many COB programs have an international component, reflective of our global economy. Also, faculty members are frequently recognized for their teaching excellence at the department, college and university levels.

For more information, visit the COB's Degrees & Programs page.

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473 Gary Owen Building
300 W. Michigan Ave.
Ypsilanti, Michigan 48197

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