240 students drawn to job fair

250 businesses participate in career consortium

by Sally Claunch
The Shorthorn staff

Vancent Nguyen, who graduated in May, stood in line in front of the National Semiconductor booth for about 20 minutes to get a two-minute interview and turn in a resume.

"I am looking for a job in software development," he said of the MAC3 job fair held Tuesday in Arlington. "These job fairs are excellent, especially for new grads."

Nguyen said he traveled after graduation and has been back looking for a job for about two months.

One of his first stops was the job fair put on by the Metroplex Area Consortium of Career Centers.

The group holds the fair in the fall and the spring.

About 250 companies, ranging from the United States Secret Service to Braum's set up booths to give out information about their companies and accept resumes from potential employees.

Many technical companies drew long lines of people waiting to get a chance to talk to recruiters.

Thuy Tran, electrical engineering graduate student, said she also came out to the fair to get a job.

"I think the fair is very helpful," she said.

Maggie Grinstead, staffing specialist for Bell Helicopter, Textron Inc. in Fort Worth said she was looking for students interested in summer jobs.

"We don't have internships, but we do have a summer-hire program," she said. "We try to utilize the students right here locally."

She said she frequently seeks out students from the university by placing ads here in the paper.

"Last year I hired four students from UTA for information technology summer jobs," Grinstead said.

She said the summer jobs can evolve into long-range employment with the company.

"We try to match up students with a job in their degree path," she said.

While Grinstead and many other companies were accepting resumes, the U.S. Secret Service was handing out information.

Special Agent Larry Enmon said he gives any interested people a pamphlet and then talks to them on the phone.

"We ask that people interested in applying for special agent give us a call," he said.

"After we read them the riot act about the good, the bad and the ugly, if they like what they hear, we ask for a resume."

Enmon said he had given information out to a few people from the university.

Frank Gault, Counseling and Career Development director, said the university had the largest number of participants out of about 40 schools that had students attending the fair.

"We have about 240 students who have come so far," he said with two more hours of the fair remaining.

Barbara Peet, Career Services associate director, said students attended the fair from universities across Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana.

"UTA students have the best thing," she said. "They just have to drive across town to attend."

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