Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Thursday: Career Fair

Please encourage your students to attend the Career Fair this Thursday, February 10 from 4-7:00 p.m. in WSC Marshall Hall. Even first-year students can benefit from walking through and checking it out.

Many employers offer a wide range of jobs and internships (well beyond what initially comes to mind when you hear the name of the organization). Students who keep their options open and investigate all available opportunities might be pleasantly surprised by what they learn about how these organizations hire talent. Career Fair employers say it best:

“We are seeking service-minded young adults passionate about serving vulnerable and marginalized populations.” NW Leadership Foundation
“Our ideal candidate is driven, enthusiastic and able to handle multiple tasks in a fast-paced atmosphere” Enterprise Rent-A-Car

“We employ innovative leaders who have the experience, energy, passion and professionalism that our clients expect.” CRG Events

Capacities that students develop at Puget Sound—for critical thinking and problem solving, communication, teamwork and leadership—are the same as those sought by employers. Below is a sampling of organizations who want to hire talented Puget Sound students, regardless of major.

For a complete list of organizations planning to attend, visit the List of Career Fair Employers.

Wondering what to expect? Read the CESblog: Calling all Loggers! Come to the Career Fair!

Avue Technologies Corporation

In business since 1983, Avue provides technology solutions to the Federal government so they can manage and carry out human resources management activities. “We hire people that we believe will help make Avue successful. In turn, we share that success with our employees. And along the way, we're willing to invest in them, to support their growth and individuality, and to push them toward greater excellence. We provide our employees with the tools they need to succeed in their positions. As leaders in the technology marketplace, we endeavor to use the best technology and equipment available. We thrive on innovation, and reward it when we see it.”

Hiring for Human Resources positions
Not interested in HR? Stop by the Avue table anyway to learn about their organization or inquire about hiring practices for other opportunities.

CRG Events

Offering a unique blend of industry experience, innovation and an extraordinary team of professionals, CRG provides event planning and event registration management. “CRG Events recognizes that the key to our success is customer service and that our greatest asset in achieving this success is our employees. The CRG Staff seeks to provide an environment where employees can excel professionally and work to meet their personal and professional goals. We have created a dynamic, fun and exciting environment that is community-minded and fiscally responsible. We employ innovative leaders who have the experience, energy, passion and professionalism that our clients expect.”

Hiring for a variety of full-time event positions

Ask Career Fair representatives about CRG’s blog, green policy, and community involvement.

City Year Seattle

Gain the skills and opportunity to change the world with City Year, a national nonprofit service organization, that unites 17-24 year olds from all backgrounds for a year of full-time community service. “During their year of service, City Year corps members provide direct service to elementary, middle, and high school students. They serve as tutors and mentors to youth, helping them stay in school. They also implement afterschool programs, teach literacy and math, and provide environmental service to communities.”

Hiring for full-time positions nation-wide

Never heard of City Year? Their enthusiastic reps will be available to talk with you about what they do and what they seek in candidates—great for those of you interested in serving now or down the line.

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

“Named #5 on BusinessWeek's "Top 50 Places To Launch A Career" for the 4th year in a row, Enterprise Rent-A-Car offers a Management Trainee position that develops individuals who will successfully run our business. This entrepreneurial opportunity is for those who desire a leadership role—who enjoy making decisions, solving problems and meeting goals. Our management program will enhance sales skills and provide an introduction to marketing, personnel management, financial analysis and all the other business skills necessary to successfully run a branch. We are a promote-from-within company, so when we look to fill the Management Trainee position we are looking for our next manager.”

Hiring for local full-time Management Trainee positions and summer internships

Think you know what working for a car rental company involves? You might be surprised. Ask the representatives about their typical day and what they like about working for Enterprise.


Involved in emergency medical care for more than 55 years, Physio-Control leads the industry in developing products that monitor or treat patients in emergency medical situations. “For more than 50 years Physio-Control, Inc., maker of renowned LIFEPAK® defibrillators, has been developing technologies and designing devices that are legendary among first response professionals, clinical care providers and citizens everywhere. Our defibrillators set the standard upon which an entire industry was built.

Hiring for a wide variety of internship positions

Interested in learning more about how you can contribute to an organization where the vision is to create “A world in which no person dies suddenly as a result of a cardiorespiratory event?” Stop by the Physio-Control table to learn more.


Target is an upscale discounter focusing on trend-right merchandise and everyday basics at affordable prices. “Great design, products, in-store experiences, and community partnerships put us above the rest. From Target.com or in one of over 1,600 stores, guests can expect a fun and friendly shopping experience. Our team members bring more than their great energy to work every day. They bring their unique perspectives, experiences and differences to work, too. They give us the strength to dare ourselves to be the best and the power to achieve it.”

Hiring for local and national full-time employment and internships.

Are you aware that Target donates more than $2 million each week and thousands of volunteer hours annually to nonprofit organizations? Stop by and learn more about employment opportunities and ways Target gives back to the local communities.

YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties

“As a leading nonprofit organization committed to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Y offers more than just a job we offer you a career with a future and the chance to make a lasting difference in your community. We provide a supportive work environment where employees are encouraged to grow and contribute.”

Hiring for full-time and part-time positions along with summer internships.

Did you know that over half of their current full-time staff started as part-time employees? Visit with the YMCA representatives to learn about how to build a career with an organization where employees are encouraged to grow and contribute.

For more interesting factoids about Career Fair organizations, check out the CESblog: Guess Who’s Coming to the Career Fair

Kris Hay
Communications Coordinator
Career and Employment Services
University of Puget Sound