"I went there last year looking for an internship, and left with a job," Wood, a business major, said. "I was pretty much hired on the spot. Now I have experience in selling situations, which will help me when I look for a marketing job after I graduate in May."
Wood has worked for Elite Marketing Interactions for the last year, sampling products ranging from food to fitness equipment.
He advises those attending the 2013 JIVE, set for 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 5, to dress in professional attire and bring up-to-date resumés, in order to be prepared for a similar opportunity.
"Some of these employers really are there to hire someone, so be prepared to be the best candidate," he said.
Juniors and seniors are encouraged to attend the event, in the Kelley Student Center Room 130 and Alumni Hall. Freshmen and sophomores are also welcome to get some job-seeking experience and to look for internship opportunities, according to Tracy Springer, manager of the Career and Accessibility Center.
"JIVE is an excellent opportunity for students to meet with prospective employers," she said. "Many of the 47 employers attending are looking for employees, as well as prospective interns or volunteers."
Some of the employers attending include the Kokomo Police Department, Community Howard Regional Health, Target Corporation, Regions Bank, and Chrysler LLC.
All booths will be marked with color-coded balloons, to let students know if that organization is hiring, seeking interns, or needs volunteers.
For more information about JIVE, including a complete list of organizations attending and tips for success at job fairs, go to the Career Services page at www.iuk.edu/career-services.
Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.