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Upcoming job fair helpful to students

The Upper Great Lakes Collegiate Job Fair, sponsored by NMU and surrounding schools, will be held next Wednesday from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Great Lakes Room at the University Center.

The job fair is free for students and NMU alumni. Steven LaFond, assistant director of Career Services, encourages all students to go to the job fair.

“Lots of students think the job fair is for graduating students, but it’s an event for students at every level,” LaFond said.

The number of employers participating in the job fair this year has increased, LaFond said.

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“Last year we had 42 or 43 and we already have 50, and they can still register,” LaFond said. “More employers are attending and some of them haven’t attended for years.”

According to LaFond, Schlumberger, the leading oilfield services company for customers working in the international oil and gas industry, hasn’t been there since the ‘90s.

“These employers have jobs, otherwise they wouldn’t be doing interviews right on campus,” LaFond said. “Getting a real professional interview is good experience and students can find out what jobs are available in their field; they get to talk to the people that do the hiring face to face and find out how much they pay.”

Students who plan to attend the job fair should dress like they were going to a job interview and leave their “book bags and skateboards at home,” LaFond said.

They should also bring plenty of resumes and if students want their resumes printed on resume-quality paper, Career Services will do it for free.

Kaylee McIntyre, a sophomore elementary education major, plans to attend the job fair this year.

“I am looking for part-time employment around the Marquette area, and I want to talk to employers that are looking for full-time employment and ask them what I can do to prepare myself when I get my degree,” McIntyre said.

McIntyre said students who aren’t graduating this year should still go and talk to employers to see what they are looking for.

Then, when they are seniors, go to the job fair and look professional with resumes in hand and try to get a job.

The Career Services website,, has a link with a list of all the employers that are going to attend the job fair.

Each employer has a list of what kind of jobs they are hiring for and when they will be hiring; whether it be part-time, full-time, internship or just a summer job.

“Students who waited too long could land a summer job or internship at the job fair,” LaFond said. “It’s going to be a good event.”

According to LaFond, some employers will hold informational sessions before and after the job fair for students looking for more information.

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