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Spring Career Fair

The Spring All-Campus Career Fair will take place Thursday, February 16th, 2012 in the Student Union Ballrooms from 10:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.  There will be 103 employers in attendance from a wide variety of industries.  Please see the Career Center’s website for a complete list of participants at  Students and alumni must dress professionally and should bring several professional resumes with them to distribute to employers.

As our faculty partners, we invite you to stop by the Career Fair and visit with our employers.  Please encourage your students to participate as the Career Fair is an excellent strategy to utilize in not only finding possible employment opportunities, but to jump start their networking process that is so important in today’s economic times. 

 If you have any questions, comments or need any additional information, please contact the Career Center at 330-972-7747 or visit us at

SPOTLIGHT ON: The Spring 2012 Career Fair Employer Partners

University of Akron undergraduate, graduate students and alumni will have a chance to market themselves to prospective employers on Thursday, February 16 during the Spring 2012 Career Fair in the Student Union Ballroom.

More than 100 companies will be represented.  Participating employers will be looking for students pursuing all types of majors and backgrounds.

Some of these companies have gone the extra mile to market themselves on the University of Akron campus.  Our Employer Partners are eager to meet with our students to discuss full-time and part-time employment, internships, co-ops, and other opportunities; they include:

Axiom Advertising.  Axiom works with many different companies, including professional sports teams, restaurants,  day spas, hotels & resorts, golf courses, and various fortune 500 companies that are at the top of their industry.

MRI Software.  MRI offers business management software solutions to the global property management and investment industries as well as to corporate real estate managers.  Brain Host is a web hosting company which provides users with a number of unlimited features, such as unlimited web space, bandwidth, email accounts, and add-on domains. 

MT Business Technologies.  With over 90 years in business, MT Business Technologies Inc. is a privately held third generation Ohio office solutions firm with seven locations across the state.  They are a 2010 recipient of national recognition from BEI PROS, the top industry benchmarking organization. 

ComDoc. With over a half-century of experience in the industry, ComDoc provides complete document management solutions.  Since its inception in 1979, COMDOC has become one of the nations largest privately owned and managed document imaging and network services companies. 

Northwestern Mutual.  Northwestern Mutual is a 154-year-old mutual company serving the insurance and investment needs of more than three million clients. They are the nation’s largest direct provider of individual life insurance — ranking 112 on the FORTUNE 500 with $180 billion in assets. 

Emerald Resource Group.  With over 20 years of experience in the recruiting industry Emerald Resource Group is a professional staffing and solutions firm that specializes in the Information Technology Industry.

Rea & Associates.  Rea & Associates, Inc., accountants and business consultants, is an Ohio public accounting firm which provides clients with a complete range of accounting  Rea & Associates, Inc. has been ranked in the top 100 firms in the nation at various times over the past few years.

FedEx Freight.  FedEx Freight sends more than 6 million shipments each business day through express, ground and freight networks which serve more than 220 countries and territories.

SGS Solid Carbide Tools.  SGS operates a dedicated, cutting-edge R&D facility, quality control lab, coatings facility and an automated, climate-controlled bur manufacturing plant.

Goodyear.  Goodyear is one of the world's largest tire companies, with operations in most regions of the world. Goodyear operates 54 plants in 22 countries, and employs approximately 73,000 people around the world.  In 2010, Goodyear posted net sales of $18.8 billion.   

Swagelok.  Swagelok is a major developer and provider of fluid system solutions including products, assemblies, and services.  Over 200 global sales and service centers support customers using their products. 

Verizon Wireless.  Started in 1983, Verizon is a global leader in delivering innovative communications, information and entertainment.  They own and operate much of the infrastructure that comprises the Internet today. 

Hiring For the Class of 2012

According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), the Class of 2012 should face positive opportunities in the employment market.  Employers are proceeding to hire graduates with caution, however, employers responding to the Job Outlook 2012 survey plan to hire 9.5 percent more new graduates in 2011-12 than they did in 2010-11.  The survey indicated that among employers with plans to increase hiring, more than half indicated that either their companies have more business or they are experiencing company growth. Another 20 percent cited the need to replace retiring workers, their aging work force, and increasing attrition rates.

In addition, employers still look for evidence of outstanding skills and qualities of candidates on their resumes. Evidence of teamwork, leadership, and written communication skills topped the list, and were cited by more than three-quarters of survey respondents.  It was also documented that employers are looking for team players. From survey respondents, employers cited that teamwork skills are the most sought-after skills on a student’s resume, and that also rated team work as that of highest importance on the overall list of skills/qualities.

If you wish to learn more about the hiring projections for this year’s class, please contact the Career Center.

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