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Employers to seek recruits at UMaine’s career fair


ORONO, Maine — In spite of a flagging economy, more than 100 employers in and around Maine will be looking to the University of Maine’s annual Career Fair on Jan. 28 for new employees and interns in dozens of career fields, ranging from health care and social services to engineering, scientific research and law enforcement.

The Career Fair, organized annually by the UMaine Career Center, is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the UMaine Student Recreation and Fitness Center on the Orono campus. As many as 110 employers have registered for booth space, according to Patricia Counihan, center director.

In spite of the weak economy, Counihan says this year’s fair will have a strong representation of recruiters in the fields of health care, environmental sciences, engineering, retailing, banking and financial services, human services, education, research, and organizations engaged in law enforcement or homeland security. Repre-senting law enforcement or homeland security are Bath Iron Works, the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, the FBI, Maine State Police, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Border Patrol, General Dynamics-Electric Boat and the Maine Air National Guard.

New this year will be a focus on civic organizations, sponsored by the university’s Bodwell Center for Service and Volunteerism. Organizations offering employment, stipends or volunteer opportunities include Americorps-VISTA, Peace Corps, Penquis and Heifer International. Counihan says the Career Center expects to ex-pand this component in future years.

“I think we have a really nice diverse group of employers,” Counihan said. “We should have something for everyone.”

Students enrolled at any college or university in Maine are invited to attend along with UMaine alumni. Underclass students and graduate students are equally encouraged to attend. The fair typically attracts 1,000-plus college students from all classes and majors. It is one of the state’s largest assemblies of college students and prospective employers.

The event provides UMaine and other college students an opportunity to meet with business representatives, hand out resumes and learn more about the companies looking to hire Maine college graduates. Counihan encourages students to dress professionally and be prepared for follow-up interview sessions. More than a dozen of the companies will have representatives available in the days after the fair for more detailed interviews, she said. There is no cost for students and UMaine alumni to attend.

Sponsors of the fair include BIW-General Dynamics, Kepware Technologies, Pike Industries, Acadia Hospital, Centennial Contractors Enterprises, the FBI, Hannaford Bros. Co., Maine Army National Guard, Maine Medical Center, Pizzagalli Construction Co., SMRT Inc., Tyler Technologies and the U.S. Army Healthcare Team.

For information about the Career Fair, contact the Career Center at 581-1359 or visit its office on the third floor of the Memorial Union.

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