Participation in 2013 career fair to be up over previous years

Event to be Thursday at university

If company attendance at the upcoming Spring Connections Career Fair — set for Thursday at Colorado Mesa University — is any indicator, then the local job market may be waking up from its years-long slumber.

Organizers report a bump in exhibiting companies this year, and though not near pre-recession levels in terms of participating companies, there has been a boost over recent years.

“There’s definitely more employers than we’ve seen in the last three years,” said Diane Kull, coordinator of career services at CMU. “I’m hoping that means it’s a good sign for the economy, but I don’t know.”

Kull said the total of 49 companies that had signed up to exhibit so far was up from the 30 or so companies that attended each of the past few years. It’s still well off the hundreds of companies that had exhibited at the fair during stronger economic times, she said.

Those companies participating this year run the gamut, from top retailers like Target and Walmart, to national energy and construction companies like Kiewit and United Companies, to financial companies like Wells Fargo and Alpine Bank, to medical and health care organizations like St. Mary’s Hospital and Rocky Mountain Health Plans.

Even Hooters and the Grand Junction Rockies plan on exhibiting at the fair this year.

Kull said another sector will have an expanded presence at the fair this year — organizations outside of the traditional commercial sector, like the Peace Corps, the U.S. Army and the U.S. Forest Service.

The fair will be one day only, Thursday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the CMU University Ballroom. The event is free, all are welcome to attend and parking is free across the CMU campus that day.

Most employers will use the fair as a way to conduct introductions, so applicants are encouraged to dress in business attire and bring plenty of resumes to hand out.

Kiewit and Walmart are among the companies planning interview days sometime after the fair, so they likely will use the event to set up appointments for those days, Kull said.

She also had this additional piece of advice for job-seekers: “Research the companies before you get here,” she said. “It is better to know (who a company is and what they do) beforehand.”

Job hopefuls can check out an exhibitor list at


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