1,500 check out the jobs at USU
By Aaron Falk
March 10, 2006 | With job growth in Utah up 3.5 percent
last year, creating more than 43,000 jobs in the Beehive
State, last week's Career Fair was a chance for USU
students to get their feet in the door of some of the
nation's largest companies.
More than 1,500 students and recruiters from about
180 employers filled the second floor of the TSC for
the university's 16th-annual Career Fair.
Employers looking to fill positions ranging from public
relations to cheese innovation ensured no career path
"Our students get the employers here," said Randy
Jensen, assistant director of Career Services.
"With the size and variety of the fair, I think we
do it better than anybody around."
Regional recruiting director for Enterprise Rent-A-Car,
Melissa Ceballos said the quality of applicants from
Utah State keeps her company coming back to Logan. "There
are some solid students there," she said. "We've had
great success in the past. A lot of our hires come from
Enterprise is the largest employer of new college
graduates in the United States. Utah's job growth increase
last year was more than double the national increase
of 1.6 percent.
"What is good news is the job market is up and growing,"
Jensen said. "It's growing even more in Utah than it
is nationally. The big message is there are more jobs
out there than there have been in some time. Students
need to realize that and take full advantage." Patrick
Grewe, a senior majoring in international studies, was
one of the USU students who took advantage of the fair.
"It's a good time to ask questions," he said. "But
no one is jumping up and down to give you a job."
Overall, officials said the fair was a success.
"It went really well," Jennifer Loscher, assistant
director of Career Services, said. "We had a number
of large employers and, from what we've heard, they've
been impressed with students -- the quantity and the