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Release: Dec. 12, 2001
UI Alumni Association co-hosts Regents Universities Iowa Job Fair
DES MOINES, Iowa -- The University of Alumni Association (UIAA) will join
alumni associations at Iowa State University and the University of Northern
Iowa to co-sponsor the Sixth Annual Regents Universities Iowa Job Fair on
Wednesday, Jan. 9 at the Polk County Convention Complex in downtown Des Moines
from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Under the auspices of the State Board of Regents, the Job Fair is held each
year during the holiday break, primarily for Iowa students who may be home
from college. There is no admission fee and the public is welcome.
The target audience for the event is central Iowa sophomores, juniors and
seniors of Iowa's three state universities plus graduates five years out.
All of Iowa's four- and two-year colleges have also been invited to the event.
In past years, one third of the participants typically have been looking for
internships, one-third were recent graduates and the other third were seasoned
professionals looking for additional opportunities and career growth. Last
year, more than 800 individuals attended the Fair.
The Regents Job Fair features employers from all over Iowa who represent
various industries such as health care, insurance, financial services/banking,
information services/technology, manufacturing, marketing/communication/sales,
hospitality, engineering and construction, and human services. Last year,
about 80 Iowa employers attended.
An added benefit for all participants is the opportunity to have their resumes
critiqued by human resource professionals. Members of the Central Iowa Chapter
of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) will be on hand to provide
free professional advice and "tips" on what they look for in quality
The event Web site can be found at www.regentsjobfair.org.
Interested employers can register through the Web site. Interested students/attendees
can periodically check the Web site to see who the latest employers are who
will be attending the event
The goals of the event are to: help stop the "brain drain" of
Iowa's brightest and best; provide employment information and opportunities
to Iowa's university and college students about career opportunities in Iowathat
it is not necessary to leave the state after graduation; allow employers to
recruit Iowa's best for the growing number of internships, as well as full-time
opportunities, especially important in today's tight labor market; and provide
key employment information and opportunities for Iowa graduates who have left
the state and who wish to return. The fair also is a way to promote cooperative
spirit among the three state schools.
The Regents Job Fair is co-chaired by Bob Mitchell, president, Bob Mitchell
& Associates, and Jan Burch, president, Jan Burch & Associates, independent
consulting firms that provide human resource management services in central
Iowa. Mitchell and Burch are active in the UIAA's Golden Circle Iowa Club
of Des Moines.
The event has drawn national recognition, having recently received the top
award for career services by the Council for the Advancement and Support of
Education (CASE) through the National Association of Colleges and Universities.
For further information, please contact either of the chairs at: (515) 457-7691
(phone), firstname.lastname@example.org (e-mail), or
(515) 457-7694 (fax); or the UI Alumni Association at (319) 335-3294 or 1-800-IOWALUM.
Current information on employers attending the event and the types of jobs
they are looking to fill can be found at www.regentsjobfair.org.