It might be cold outside, but things in the job market appear to be heating up, if the number of employers registered for Bethel College’s upcoming career fair is any indication. These employers are seeking qualified candidates to fill internships and salaried positions through Bethel College’s second annual career and internship fair. The event will be hosted on Thursday, Feb. 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Wiekamp Athletic Center on Bethel’s campus.

“This is a great way for area employers to build our workforce by hiring local college students and graduates,” says Matthew Stackowicz, director of career services. “There is no charge for this fair. We’re doing this as a service to our community and to the workforce.”

The career fair will showcase approximately 100 employers seeking candidates in a variety of majors and degrees. It is intended to give Bethel College alumni as well as current students and community members an opportunity to connect with potential employers or simply broaden their professional network.

“I think that the career fair will be extremely successful because so many employers have actual openings,” says Steve Ganger, Adult and Graduate Studies career services director. In the past year since the AGS career services program was established, Ganger has been working with not only current AGS students but also Bethel College alumni to help them find positions and connect with prospective employers. The career fair is just one more way Bethel supports their job search.

The first two hours of the fair will be open to Bethel students and alumni only, and from noon to 2 p.m. students and graduates from any college are welcome. A professional photographer will be on site to offer complimentary LinkedIn headshots to Bethel students and alumni.

“If you’re available that day, come!” says Ganger. “There’s a huge opportunity for a quick turnaround because of all of the job openings. And it’s a great way for you to put into practice your interviewing skills while building contacts and to continue networking.”

Ganger says Bethel is one of the few colleges in the state to offer personalized career services assistance specifically to its alumni. If you are unemployed or are considering a job transition, you are invited to contact him directly at gangers@bethelcollege.edu for assistance.  Appointments can be made at any time.

For more information about the career and internship fair, email CareerServices@BethelCollege.edu or call 574.807.7096. For a list of employers who will be at the fair, visit BethelCollege.edu/Career-Fair.