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Apr 23, 2010 12:07 AM by Danielle Lerner

Students and employers pack Cal Poly Spring Job Fair

An encouraging sign for job seekers at Cal Poly Thursday.

The university had an overwhelming turnout at its Spring Career Fair Thursday.

More than 100 employers from a variety of fields met with students and accepted resumes.

That is up from last year's spring fair, which had just more than 80 employers show up to shop for prospects.

Coleman Younger is graduating this summer with a Master's Degree in Aerospace.

He was one of hundreds Thursday to fight the crowds for some face time with potential employers.

"I'm definitely nervous, you know it was a calculated decision to do a master's and I need to be compensated to make sure that that is a decision that works out for me," said Younger.

With so many students handing out resumes, standing out can be a struggle.

The competition is still fierce.

"We're looking for potential employees that present well, have good verbal skills, and have unique experiences in their backgrounds," said Murphy Weirich, a manager of manufacturing at Okonite Cables.

Still, Younger says the number of employers recruiting is encouraging.

"Companies seem really optimistic and they have a lot of open positions, at least that's what they're claiming," said Younger.

As helpful as they are, Career Services says career fairs like this one are just one step in a student's job search process.

"Students are going to be following up with more interviews, thank you notes, cover letters, resumes," said Carole Moore, who works with Career Services.

All pieces of the job search puzzle, as the fight to hear, "You're hired," continues.

"I'll really take anything that has anything to do with mechanical engineering, or aerospace at this point," said Younger.

Organizers were expecting about 1500 students to pass through Thursday's fair.

They also say the increased turnout could lead to a two-day job fair this winter.

The Chumash Auditorium will be buzzing with activity Friday as well.

As part of its Earth Week, Cal Poly is holding a green job fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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