On Nov. 13, the Georgia Careers Opportunities will host the 24th annual Career Opportunities Fair at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta, Ga. This event is open to students and alumni from member institutions like the University of West Georgia, LaGrange College, Southern Polytechnic State University and many other smaller four-year universities in Georgia with fewer than 10,000 undergraduates. The member schools, which include historically black colleges and universities, private and public liberal arts colleges, master’s universities and women’s colleges, offer a variety of majors and degree programs.

Since 1990, the Georgia Careers Consortium (GCC) hosts one of the biggest career fairs at the Cobb Galleria in Atlanta. In 2012, GCC hosted Georgia’s largest fall career fair for small, four-year colleges and universities. Approximately 700 students seeking full-time jobs and internships attend this event each fall to network with over 70 employers.  This annual event provides students and employers the opportunity to connect beyond the online application process.

The event features over 70 employers such as CNN, Geico and Kroger.  Participants will have a wide variety of opportunities to capitalize on. Although the event will not be hiring those in attendance on sight, it will allow them to interact, network and discover many different possibilities and interests. Students who are looking for or considering an internship can find many offers at the event as well as any student in search of a career of their liking.

Students also need to prepare a LinkedIn account if they do not already have one. LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional network with over 225 million users. According to the GGC, “over 80% of people find their jobs through networking.” LinkedIn is a networking site that helps build professionals identify and stay in touch with colleagues and classmates while allowing members to discover professional opportunities, and new ventures.  There also will be representatives from the LinkedIn Company at the Galleria for those needing a professional profile picture.

“Students should come in professional attire with a resume ready,” said Vicki Hardin Assistant Director of Career services at UWG. “This is a great opportunity for students to network for possible future employers.”

The event will take place at the Cobb Galleria in Atlanta at noon for students and alumni from member schools allowed to attend.  Questions or concerns about preparation assistance should be directed to the University Career Service located in Parker Hall at (678) 839-6431. For help with resumes, students can receive assistance on Mondays from 2-4 p.m.

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