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Lafayette College students will meet with prospective employers seeking to fill full-time positions and summer internships during Career Services' fall Job Fair from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 22, in Marquis Hall on campus.

More than 40 business firms and other organizations in the technical, finance, banking, insurance, and other fields will send representatives to the fair, including such companies as PECO Energy, Procter & Gamble, Merck, Unisys, Andersen Consulting, John Hancock Insurance, and Lockheed Martin. Lafayette seniors will use the event to become further acquainted with organizations they might like to interview with during the upcoming on-campus interview periods, October 14 to December 3 and February 14 to April 14.

Susan Heard, Lafayette's associate director of career services, says, “The Job Fair gives students a chance to speak with a large number of companies in a short time and to get their resumes in the recruiters' hands.”

Career Services provides a complete list of job fair participants a week in advance to help students research companies and plan which ones to speak with, Heard says, adding that the Internet is a valuable tool for students seeking to learn more about a firm.

“Researching a company is much easier now that the majority of firms have web sites, many of which include an employment opportunities component,” Heard explains. “Students can use the Internet to learn basic facts, new developments, and other company information. Then when they go to the job fair, they can show a recruiter that they have a real interest in the company and took the time to learn the basics.”

The fair is geared primarily to Lafayette seniors and juniors. In the spirit of Lafayette's innovative Gateway program, which promotes early education about career issues, sophomores are invited to attend to learn what to expect at a fair. Approximately 150 seniors attended a recent Career Services meeting to learn about on-campus interviewing and how the job fair can help them begin networking with key companies.

Besides the job fair, there are many other career-development opportunities available for Lafayette students. Career Services and academic departments provide numerous networking opportunities. Students interested in fields not represented in the job fair can take advantage of programs such as AlumNet, a searchable database of alumni willing to give informational interviews; networking “field trips;” special-interest panel discussions, and more. For more information, call Career Services, (610) 330-5115, or visit its web site at

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