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More employers turn out as job-seeking Jayhawks flock to career fair

Members of KU's graduating class of 2011 are getting ready to enter an economy that's slowly on the mend. Though it's still difficult for some students to find work, a larger portion of employers at the KU Career Fair are looking to hire students than last year.

February 10, 2011

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From left: Jordan Leboyer, Robert Sharp, Libby Sauerland, Eric Degenhardt and Marla Schleuder.

From left: Jordan Leboyer, Robert Sharp, Libby Sauerland, Eric Degenhardt and Marla Schleuder.

Organizers for the Kansas University Career Center were pleased to see a more diverse and bigger group of employers for the university’s annual career fair on Wednesday.

Overall, 88 companies signed up for the event, up from a figure in the high 70s last year, organizers said. A few manufacturing companies came back this year, along with members of the financial, telecommunications and retail sectors.

Though the weather forced a few companies to cancel, that didn’t stop a horde of job-seeking Jayhawks, who converged on the Kansas Union to meet and greet their potential employers.

Here are a few of their reactions.

Eric Degenhardt, senior from Great Bend:

I’ve talked to the FDIC and the Federal Reserve in Kansas City. Both of them seem to be interested in hiring, although the FDIC is in a hiring freeze for right now, so they have to figure out a way to hire people.”

Libby Sauerland, senior from Chicago:

I’m interested in internships in anything involving marketing, sales and media. ... So far, I’ve talked with two companies. One of them was Kraft Foods, and I’ve already got a follow-up interview tomorrow.”

Marla Schleuder, graduate student from Eudora:

I’m an architecture student. ... This isn’t an architecture fair, but I figured I’d come and try to find something in case the architecture thing doesn’t pan out.”

Jordan Leboyer, senior from Chicago:

A lot of companies want people for sales and cold calling. I’m not necessarily looking for that. ... It’s been pretty nice, and hopefully I’ll be getting a call back sometime soon.”

Robert Sharp, senior from Victoria, Texas:

I’ve talked to a few people. They’ve been nice. ... This is the first step for me. Fingers crossed, I’d really kind of like to be an actuary.”

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