Upcoming student-organized career fair attracts 150 employers

BLACKSBURG, Va., Sept. 12, 2006 – A total of 150 employers are scheduled to attend the 24th annual Business Horizons career fair of Virginia Tech’s Pamplin College of Business on Thursday, Sept. 21, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Squires Student Center Commonwealth and Old Dominion ballrooms.

The career fair, organized annually by Pamplin undergraduates, gives Pamplin students and recruiters a good opportunity to meet and interact with each other in an informal setting. Many employers who attend Business Horizons return to campus during the fall semester to do first-round interviews for new hire and internship positions, said Gary Kinder, Pamplin’s career services director for undergraduate programs.

To make the most effective use of their time, students are advised to prepare for the event by doing research on the companies at the Business Horizons web site. Students can find out which majors are in demand at various companies and learn more about each company in general, Kinder said. The site also provides pointers on getting resumes to recruiters, dressing appropriately for the event, and registering for on-campus interviews.

Some of the employers scheduled to attend this year’s Business Horizons Career fair are: Abercrombie & Fitch; Capital One; Circuit City Stores; Enterprise Rent-A-Car; Frito Lay; GEICO; Hilton Hotels Corporation; Hyatt Hotels and Resorts; IBM; Kraft Foods North America; Northrop Grumman; Siemens Corporation; SunTrust Bank; and the Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive.

For more information, visit the Business Horizons website.

Virginia Tech’s nationally ranked Pamplin College of Business offers undergraduate and graduate programs in accounting and information systems, business information technology, economics, finance, hospitality and tourism management, management, and marketing. The college emphasizes the development of ethical values and leadership, technology, and international business skills. A member of its marketing faculty directs the interdisciplinary Sloan Foundation Forest Industries Center at Virginia Tech. The college’s other centers focus on business leadership, electronic commerce, and organizational performance. The college, committed to serving business and society through the expertise of its faculty, alumni, and students, is named in honor of Robert B. Pamplin (Class of 1933), the former CEO of Georgia-Pacific, and his son, businessman and philanthropist Robert B. Pamplin Jr. (Class of 1964). Virginia Tech, the most comprehensive university in Virginia, is dedicated to quality, innovation, and results to the commonwealth, the nation, and the world.