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Career Fair Attracts Students and Companies Alike

BY: Kelly Hensel

Career CenterTwenty companies were on hand to recruit eager students and seasoned professionals at this year’s Career Center Live Career Fair, which took place Sunday, July 14. New this year, students and professionals seeking jobs were invited to participate in open networking from noon to 3 p.m., and then stick around and enjoy light refreshments and conversation with hiring representatives at the networking reception from 3 to 5 p.m. Among the companies on hand were returning bigwigs such as Kellogg’s and Pepsico and some companies that were new to the Career Fair. While FONA International, based in Geneva, Ill., has been an exhibitor at many IFT Food Expos, this was its first year having a booth at the Career Fair.

“In addition to filling the 10 positions we have open, we are really trying to brand our organization and network. This [the Career Fair] is a really unique opportunity to do both,” said Tonya Hubbartt, FONA’s HR Director.

In fact, through the Career Center online at ift.org, FONA had set up eight interviews before even arriving at the show. Hubbartt had an additional stack of qualified resumes that she was planning on contacting to set up interviews while at the IFT Annual Meeting.

And those jobseekers in attendance were certain to find a job suited to them since the open positions varied from R&D, to product development, and Q&A. “I would love a job in product development, but I’m really like everything,” said recent Brigham Young graduate, Yulia Sambur. Originally from the Ukraine, Sambur was finding it a little tougher to find a job as a foreigner. However, she was excited to find positions at both Kellogg’s and Leprino Foods and encouraged that the companies were willing to hire non-nationals. Sambur gave her resume to most of the companies in attendance and is hopeful she will hear back from a few.

Meanwhile, the companies are wading through all of the resumes and will set up interviews for the next two days of the show. Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc. (GMCR) in particular had its hands full with resumes from qualified applicants, and it’s no surprise as it was named the second fastest growing company in the world in both 2010 and 2011. “We were last here [at the Career Fair] in 2011 in New Orleans, and we actually ended up filling four positions with people that we met and interviewed there. In fact, one of them is here helping recruit for some of our other positions now. This really is a wonderful experience and we hope to continue participating in the future,” said Kathryn St. Peter, GMCR Recruiting manager.

2 Responses to “Career Fair Attracts Students and Companies Alike”

  1. Hill’s Pet Nutrition (a division of Colgate-Palmolive) is searching for food scientists with product development experience. Pet food development is just as evolved as human food development!

  2. Sharon Kneebone says:

    Hi Sarah,

    So happy to hear you have a open position. Take a look at our online Career Center if you are still looking for quality candidates! http://www.ift.org/careercenter

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