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Job recruiters to look over fall crop of students

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The job market is on an upswing this fall, with companies big and small seeking out students for jobs, internships, co-op and graduating senior positions.

Still, career advisors warn that finding a job is always a competitive situation.

They offer three tips to improve a jobseeker’s chances:

• Recruiters are looking for ambitious team players with cross-functional abilities.

• Excellent listening, verbal and written skills always sell a prospect.

• Recruiters are impressed with a candidate with a resume that reflects pre-graduation career-related experience.

Bill Ruggirello, University of Arizona Career Services assistant director for employer relations, says the fall recruiting season is looking promising.

“In fact, we’ve already have a record number of companies signed up and the recruiting season hasn’t even officially begun!”

He encourages UA students to sign up for campus interviews at Career Services before Oct. 9, when interviews start. The interviews go through Nov. 17.

In addition to the traditional engineering and business types, organization are looking for candidates in natural sciences, agricultural studies and liberal arts, Ruggirello adds.

At Arizona State University, Oct. 17 is Fall Career and Internship Super Recruiting Day. The location is the Memorial Union’s Arizona Ballroom on the Tempe campus, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Contact ASU Careers Services for more information.

In addition, the ASU Fall Polytechnic Career Fair will be held Oct. 26. The location is the Ploytechnic campus’ Cooley Ballroom at the Student Union.

The fair is a chance for employers to connect with the Polytechnic’s students and recent graduates who are exploring career options. Employers will be recruiting for full-time positions as well as internships. Contact Justin Finnerty at the Career Preparation Center for more information.

Job-finding opportunities this fall also have expanded with the Maricopa County Community College District.

The district and Jobing.com, an Arizona-based search and recruiting service, have partnered to help students to find jobs.

Jobing.com has developed co-branded Maricopa “Career Network” Web sites for the District’s home page and its 10 colleges. This partnership was developed collaboratively by Jobing.com and the 10 colleges’ Career Centers. The online career resource allows full-, part-time and graduating students, alumni and community job seekers to post resumes and search for Arizona jobs across more than 40 job categories. The site can be accessed directly at www.maricopa.edu/careers.

“In partnering with Jobing.com, we now have the ability to effectively leverage the Internet to connect our students and graduates with local employers looking to fill key positions within their respective organizations. We look forward to seeing the community embrace this valuable online resource,” says district Chancellor Rufus Glasper.

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