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Feb 27, 2012

DWU to host first Spring Career Fair

MITCHELL – Spring may not be in the air, but the season of college graduations and job openings is definitely in the not too far-off future.

With that in mind, Dakota Wesleyan University will host its first Spring Career Fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday, March 6, in the Sherman Center. This event is free and open to the public.

The Spring Career Fair is a way to bring local employers together with students and area job-seekers to help everyone find a good employment match. This is the first time DWU has hosted a spring career fair, which is spearheaded by the DWU Center for Talent Development.

“Some job fairs are too large, too expensive, or too far away to be feasible for our local employers and students, and I wanted our students to have the opportunity to search for a good job right here in our community,” said Jacki Miskimins, director of the Center for Talent Development. “Given the investment Mitchell has in DWU, and of DWU in Mitchell, I wanted to encourage the relationships between our graduates and Mitchell employers.”

For the past three years Miskimins has organized the fall Community Plunge, which invites businesses and area organizations to campus to get to know students and vice versa. The job fair is in a way, an extension of that community invitation to tap into the valuable resources available in a community that contains not just one, but two institutions of higher education.

“DWU is just one institution in Mitchell which offers a built-in pool of future employees for all the area companies. These are educated students, well-versed in all the criteria of their majors as well as the cultural and experiential learning one obtains at a four-year university, who will be actively seeking employment come May. It’s a win-win for everyone who gets involved.

“Employers are largely seeking candidates with or pursuing a college degree, though some have indicated interest in seasoned workers, as well,” Miskimins said, adding that professional attire is mandatory. “Think of this opportunity as a preliminary job interview. If you have the chance to meet with someone from a company you are interested in, take this opportunity to make the best possible first impression.”

Several local and regional employers are registered, including one from out of state. Employers interested should contact Jacki Miskimins at jamiskim@dwu.edu or 995-2952.

When Community Plunge began in 2009, there were 38 booths set up and three years later it grew to more than 50. Miskimins hopes that though this first year’s registrations appear modest, that in years to come this, too, will grow to be a popular annual event.

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