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College seniors prepare for tough job market

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by Danielle Wagner

CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) -- The University of Northern Iowa expects more than 1,000 students to earn their undergraduate degrees this May.  Monday UNI held its spring career fair to help students get a jump start in the job search.

Graduation day is fast approaching for Megan Dakken, so she's taking advantage of UNI's spring career fair for potential job leads.  Dakken says this fair makes the job search easier -- especially in the current labor market.

"I was concerned, but coming here there are a lot of employers looking for potential employees," said Dakken.  "They're willing to talk to you, tell you what to do, how to get there, give you a lot of info that's really helpful."

More than 80 employers filled Maucker Union Monday. 
UNI Career Services expects more than 700 UNI students to meet with potential employers.

"With the job market a little bit tighter, we thought we might have higher traffic, which is fine with us," said Libby Vanderwall with UNI Career Services.  "The employers are here to talk to students about jobs and internships."

Vanderwall says despite a tough economy, there are jobs out there for graduates.  Dakken knows finding those jobs is all about networking.

"We always encourage students to do their research before they come to the fair," said Vanderwall.  "We encouage them to get a business card from the person they talk to and write a thank you note after the fair so they can market themselves again."

Dakken passed out her resume and hopes she can start working at one of these companies in May.

If students have trouble finding a full-time job, Vanderwall suggests getting an internship.
Many are paid and can open the door to getting a job with that company.

Online Reporter:  Danielle Wagner

Online Producer:  Dani Blecha

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