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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 resumes.

The event Web site can be found at 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 Iowa—that 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), (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