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Career Fair Gives Students an Opportunity to Meet a Variety of Employers

Jul 16, 2012

The Louisville Campus held a career fair on Tuesday, July 10. The event offered students and graduates an opportunity to introduce themselves to human resource representatives and find out more about positions available at area companies such as Geek Squad, Stock Yards Bank, Paramount Safety, Comfort Inn & Suites, and Camber Corporation.

Deetra Dennis, vice president of career services for American National University, said that students and graduates should take advantage of the career fairs that are held at each campus. She encourages students to talk with as many of the employers as possible. “It’s important to visit each and every table and not to discount any employer. You just never know what type of opportunity lies with those companies,” she explained.

Deetra said that when attending a career fair, good body language such as a nice smile, a firm hand shake, and eye contact with the employer helps make a great first impression. “Students should convey that they are confident and composed,” she said. “They should be prepared to answer 2 or 3 questions about themselves when they stop at a booth and be ready to give the elevator speech about themselves and how they can be an asset to an organization.”

Melissa Workman, practice manager of Baptist Medical Associates, said that this was her office’s first time participating in a American National University career fair. “We’re new to the area. We have medical assistant, front office and medical coding [positions],” she explained. She was hopeful that she’d find a new employee from the resumes that she collected at the career fair.

Melissa Workman (left), practice manager of Baptist Medical Associates, talks with medical assisting student Jamie Kays (right).

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