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from Joan Hawxhurst

Spring Recruiting Expo Connects K Students to Opportunities

April 1, 2016 at 8:35 pm
By Joan Hawxhurst

On Wednesday, April 6, close to 40 employers and graduate programs will gather in the Hicks Center banquet hall on the campus of Kalamazoo College.  Attracted by the opportunity to recruit current K students, these schools, companies, and nonprofit organizations will use the CCPD’s Spring Recruiting Expo to find candidates for dozens of internships and entry-level openings.

We’re excited to welcome all our visiting recruiters, with employers ranging from the Peace Corps to Prudential, and graduate programs ranging from dentistry to teaching to management to law.  Here are a few highlights:

Bhava Communications is recruiting for full-time apprenticeships (4 to 18 months after graduation) in public relations, content and design in business-to-business tech.  Companies engage Bhava to help them disrupt the status quo in their respective industries, and Bhava is widely recognized by top venture capital firms throughout Silicon Valley and beyond as a go-to agency for their portfolio companies.  We are thrilled to welcome alumna Rebecca Tenenbaum ’06, Bhava’s director of operations, back to campus to recruit for Bhava.

The Michigan College Access Network(MCAN) recently welcomed Kalamazoo College into AdviseMI, an initiative designed to help more Michigan students pursue postsecondary education. Kalamazoo College now has a guaranteed spot in the AdviseMI advising corps for a member of its Class of 2016 who wishes to get hands-on experience in education while encouraging a college-going culture and advising current high school students alongside permanent high school counseling staff. AdviseMI’s co-director, Bristol Day ’07, will be at the Recruiting Expo hoping to meet interested candidates. Interviews for the open position will be held the third week of April.


The Michigan State University School of Human Resources and Labor Relationshas provided a number of K grads with the preparation to launch successful careers in the HR field. Its Master of Human Resources & Labor Relations (MHRLR) degree offers a comprehensive, contemporary foundation in human resources and labor relations; the ability to act strategically as business leaders; and a broad global perspective. K grads who have launched from this program into HR positions include Timasha Woods ’07, HR manager at Honeywell; Claire Amsler ’10, HR manager at Cyanogen; and Joe Unger ’10, HR generalist at Pizza Hut.

We host these Recruiting Expos every fall and spring, offering students across all class years the opportunity to visit information tables to meet recruiters, learn about a variety of possible career paths, practice their elevator pitches, and of course secure opportunities.  At this Expo, we’ll also offer several information sessions and a new “prep” area where students can check their outfits and ask quick questions of CCPD career counselors before entering the Expo.

One recruiter shared this observation about a past Recruiting Expo: "Conventional career fairs pass the point of diminishing return because recruiters feel pressured to talk to too many students and walk away with few quality conversations with qualified candidates. At Kalamazoo College, we had the opportunity to have many quality conversations with quality candidates. Wow." 

If you want to be “wow”ed, join us on Wednesday, April 6, between 4 and 7 PM, in the banquet hall of the Hicks student center.  We’ll look forward to showing you around!