Originally created 02/08/00

Fair will expose students to jobs



The Employer Expo, an annual career fair at Augusta State University, will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 18. The free event is for the university's students and alumni.

Five hundred to 600 students are expected.

"This gives the students exposure to job opportunities," ASU Career Center spokeswoman Patricia Braswell said. "It gives the employers exposure to our quality students."

The fair will be at the university's Physical Education/Athletic Complex on Wrightsboro Road. More than 100 employers -- including accounting firm Cherry Bekaert & Holland, Frigidaire, Pepsi, E-Z-Go and Club Car -- are expected to attend.

Students who plan to participate should come prepared with a pen and resume, Ms. Braswell said. Some companies will have applications on hand and will conduct interviews.

Ms. Braswell advised attendees to dress professionally.

Career fairs have become increasingly important to employers in recent months, as unemployment has fallen to all-time lows, forcing companies to scramble for qualified workers.

In January, national unemployment rates bottomed out at 4 percent, a 30-year low. January rates are not yet available for the state and local areas.

Georgia reported a 3.2 percent unemployment rate in December, the lowest ever recorded for that month, according to the state labor department. The Augusta area posted a December rate of 4.4 percent.

Organizers expect this year's fair to be one of the largest and the first with more than 100 employers. For more information, call the Career Center at 737-1604.