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Two job fairs planned for students, alumni

February 17, 2011

NIU Career FairsHundreds of employment opportunities will face the NIU community this month with two job fairs scheduled on the DeKalb campus.

The first is the annual spring Full-Time Job Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23. The second is the annual Mid-America Educators’ Job Fair scheduled for Monday, Feb. 28.

NIU students and alumni will be admitted to the educators’ fair at 9 a.m. Members of the general public will be admitted from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Both events will be held at the Convocation Center.

“These are big events,” said Mary Myers, associate director of NIU’s campus and employer relations. “We can have as many as 1,200 people to the fulltime job fair. We already have 130 employers signed up for it.”

Those employers work in an array of industries. They include: AAA Chicago Motor Club, Allstate Insurance Co., California Board of Equalization, FDIC: Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. and The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).

The educators’ job fair has generated just as much interest, said Barb Kaufmann, campus and employer relations specialist for NIU Career Services.

“This year, we have 72 employers registered. We’re expecting more,” she said. “These aren’t just for teaching positions; they are for administrators and educational specialists jobs.”

The employers include public and private schools in Barrington, Downers Grove, Woodstock, Fox Lake, Cicero, Aurora and from the country of Japan.

The education fair, which has been held every spring for 26 years, is sponsored by the Mid-America Consortium. The full-time jobs fair is sponsored by NIU Career Services.

“I know with the reports on the economy, jobs sound scarce, but there are still lots of jobs out there in entry level and for new grads,” Myers said. “Some are currently available, and some start the day after the semester ends.”

Admission to the Mid-America Educators’ Job Fair is free. Current NIU students will not be charged to be admitted to the Full-Time Job Fair, but alumni will pay $5 and community members who do not attend NIU will pay $10.

by Gerard Dziuba