by Pamela Young, Published March 05, 2014
YPSILANTI – With the Michigan job market heating up, college seniors and alumni from Michigan’s two-or-four year colleges can meet with prospective employers from a variety of fields at the biannual Michigan Collegiate Job Fair,
This popular event, sponsored by Eastern Michigan University and supported by the Michigan Career Educator and Employer Alliance, is scheduled Friday, March 21, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Burton Manor, 27777 Schoolcraft Rd.at I-96 in Livonia, Mich.
The event is one of the state’s largest career fairs, with more than 100 employers currently registered. Employers include Coca Cola, DTE Energy, Hewlett Packard, IBM, Quicken Loans, Siemens PLM Software, Thomson Reuters and various State of Michigan and U.S. Government departments and agencies.
“Many of the employers are seeking to hire entry-level candidates with degrees in business, liberal arts, technology, engineering, human services and allied health,” said Ebony Jones, senior corporate relations manager at Eastern Michigan University.
Candidates can view a list of participating employers and pre-register for the event online at www.mcjf.org. The deadline to pre-register is March 19 for only $10. Walk-in registration is $15.
“We have continued to see an increase in the number of employers participating over the last couple of years,” Jones said. “This lets us know that the economy in the State of Michigan has turned around and jobs are available, especially for candidates with degrees in technology and engineering.”
Last November’s event attracted 130 employers and 600 candidates.
Jones recommends that candidates dress in professional business attire, bring several copies of their resume, and research the employers that they are interested in speaking with prior to the event.
“There also will be a ready room onsite, staffed by career services professionals, who can prepare candidates prior to entering the fair,” Jones said. “The ready room booths provide help with practicing handshakes, LinkedIn photos, company research, job fair success tips and wardrobe touch ups.”
Corporate sponsors include WWJ-TV CBS 62, WKBD-TV CW50 Detroit, WFDR-Radio Disney Detroit.