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Thousands of University students and alumni meet and interview with more than one hundred potential employers in the PMAC Tuesday.

Career Services helps students, alumni find jobs through Career Expo

The constant media coverage of the economy has college students worried about their chances of finding a job after graduation. However, Greater Baton Rouge Business Report along with LSU Career Services has positive news to share—Louisiana might not be such a bad place to find a job.

The January 29 issue of Greater Baton Rouge Business Report featured an article, “Gallup Poll ranks Louisiana No. 2 for best job market.” The article, using information from a 2008 Gallup Poll, states: “Only Wyoming was ranked ahead of Louisiana in the survey, which was based on polls of more than 112,000 adults during the course of the year.”

The poll lists Louisiana’s hiring index at 35, which is calculated from the percentage of people who say their companies are hiring, versus the percentage of people who report their companies are cutting jobs.

The University is doing its best to assist students and alumni in their job searches by offering a multitude of resources through Career Services. On Tuesday, February 3, LSU hosted the Career Expo, the University’s largest recruiting event, in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center. The event brought more than 100 companies to campus to meet and interview students and alumni. Participating companies were divided into categories such as business, engineering, government, multidisciplinary, and science and technology. Potential employers included Shell Oil Company, Shaw Industries, Westlake Chemical Corporation, and State Farm Insurance.

Due to the increase in reported job losses, Career Services has noticed more students and alumni taking advantage of the resources they have to offer.

“Campus and local media, as well as students, faculty, and staff, have contacted us a lot recently to discuss the impact of the weak economy on LSU students’ efforts to find employment,” said Sara Crow, assistant director of communications at Career Services. “Certainly, we all know that the outlook is not nearly as strong as we would hope it to be, yet we are cheered by news of Louisiana holding fairly strong.”

Career Services offers employment help to LSU students and alumni. While the Career Expo is held once each semester, Career Services offers a range of individual opportunities to help students choose careers, gain work experience, and develop job search skills.

“One of the things we focus on is providing tailored resources to students so they feel like their individual needs are met, and doing so in new and interesting ways,” Crow said.

The Career Services Web site, www.lsu.edu/career , features videos, tutorials, résumé samples, blogs, and scheduling resources to cater to specific students’ needs. The Pursuit, Career Services interactive section of the site, offers students a place to schedule appointments and chat with a career consultant.

Career Services also works hand-in-hand with the University’s Comprehensive Academic Tracking System—a program designed to help students graduate in four years. Last summer, Career Services introduced a Four-Year Career Plan, which provides students with tips and information geared toward finding jobs at any point during their time at LSU.

“With so much negativity surrounding reports on job availability nationwide, our graduates seem to be in good shape if they take the strategic steps they should to prepare for and conduct a job search,” Crow said. “It’s a nice beacon of light for LSU.”

Career Services is hosting Construction Interviewing Day Thursday, March 12, and Friday, March 13, in the LSU Student Union’s Cotillion Ballroom from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The event connects construction management and civil and industrial engineering students and alumni with employers recruiting for full-time, part-time, internship, and co-op positions.

Holly Phillips | Writer | Office of Communications & University Relations
February 2009