Spring Business Expo gives job opportunities to students, alumni

By Drew Drohan
Staff writer

The University of West Florida’s College of Business and more than 40 local business representatives welcomed students and alumni seeking employment and career opportunities during the Spring Business Expo on Wednesday.

Businesses ranging from financial corporations to the food industry filled the atrium of Building 76A. Students interested in potential full-time, part-time and Co-Op position were given the chance to pass out their resumes to representatives. Tables set up throughout the building offered attendees the ability to get information face-to-face with the attending businesses.

Over 40 local businesses attended the expo. (Photo by Drew Drohan)

Often, recent graduates are not too sure on how to break into an industry or where to start. Representatives, such as real estate agent Rob Brooks, were quick to give advice to those starting their careers.

“It’s all about the first 30 seconds that makes an impression on someone,” Brooks said. “Most people don’t realize it but the little things, such as shaking someone’s hand or making eye contact, can go a long way in gaining the trust and appreciation of someone.”

Confidence was stressed the most by representatives when asked how to make a lasting impact in any career. They expressed how important this trait was even at a job fair.

“I’m looking around and keeping an eye out for students who are actively going up to different tables and talking to people,” Waffle House Area People Director Melissa Whitfield said. “That’s what I look for the most in an ideal candidate.”

More qualities were also explained by the attending representatives. Aerotek Recruiter Danielle Dillard explained the traits of a candidate she likes to see.

“Strong, dedicated and skilled people are who we look for when filling positions,” Dillard said. “Graduating from college is enough to show me that you can be fully devoted to something and able to pursue and accomplish a goal.”

Students should use the app Guidebook for a full list of the businesses who attended the expo and their respective contact information.

Attendees were encouraged to hand out resumes and additional info to representatives. (Photo by Drew Drohan)

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