Volume 96, Issue 67
Wednesday, January 29, 2003

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When railway hobo is not an option
Western plays host to job fair

By Jordan Bell
Gazette Staff

Business vultures were hunting for prey yesterday at Western's annual All-Campus Job Fair, swooping in to lure the university's best and brightest to join their cause – as opposed to eating them, as normal vultures do.

According to Gail Hutchison, director of the Student Development Centre, approximately 90 companies staked out a booth in the University Community Centre atrium and gymnasium for the annual fair.

Companies were handing out annual reports, internal newsletters and profiles of positions to interested students, who filled the atrium throughout the afternoon.

"It's a way to help students get in contact with employers and get information to help them make future decisions," Hutchison said.

Hutchison said the job fair drew more students this year than the 10,000 students it attracted last year, adding the fair is the biggest single event the SDC hosts during the school year.

"[We're looking for] graduates in engineering and computer sciences, and trying to find out what students are looking for in a work environment," said Holly Simmons, a representative for Aseco Integrated Systems.

Simmons said campus recruitment is an increasing trend within her company, and although it was only their first visit to Western, Aseco has attended similar fairs at the University of Waterloo and the University of Toronto.

Leon's Furniture Limited does not discriminate when examining qualifications for career opportunities in management, said area supervisor Joseph Leon.

"We want someone who can deal with the public and is willing to learn and grow. We're a unique company and if you can't adapt, then you're probably not the right fit," Leon said.

Leon said there was a fair amount of interest in the company, adding that many Western graduates currently work within the company.

However, the fair was not approved by everyone involved. "It was very limited," said student Sophy Seng, who was looking to drop off a resume. "Not many people are out here and there aren't a lot of computer companies."

International student Boqun Zdang was out of luck and said he could not get a paid job because of his international status. "They can't hire me. I can only get a volunteer position," he said.

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