March 24, 2018  

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Southern Miss Spring Career Fair Sees Large Turnout

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The Spring Career Fair at Southern Miss drew a large turnout from students and prospective employers. (Photo by Christy Lofton McKissack)

More than 91 companies were represented during The University of Southern Mississippi’s 2015 Spring Career Fair held Tuesday, Feb. 24 in the Thad Cochran Center on the Hattiesburg campus.

The fair, hosted by the Office of Career Services, enabled Southern Miss students and alumni to network, discuss résumés and learn about careers and internship opportunities.

“We want students to discover the many career opportunities available and to learn the skills employers are seeking when making hires,” said Rusty Anderson, director of Career Services. “The event also serves to connect numerous students to professional career opportunities and meaningful internships.

LaKinta Griffin, human resources officer, Regions Financial Corporation, seeks out students at the career fair who have confidence and demonstrate a professional attitude. “Students with an objective or plan attract my attention,” said Griffin.

“I encourage students to network with employers at the career fair, and make sure to follow up with a thank-you note re-expressing their interest in the company,” said Kendall Farley, a May 2014 graduate of Southern Miss, who is employed at Cintas as a management trainee.

In conjunction with the career fair, The Office of Career Services partnered with Southern Miss Athletics and The Office of Greek Life on Monday night (Feb. 23) in the University’s Touchdown Club to provide a meet-and-greet event.

“The goal of the event was to offer students networking training for a professional environment with the opportunity to practice with the 35 company representatives attending the event,” said Anderson. “The primary focus was on creating a dynamic 60- second introduction to initiate meaningful business communications.”

“Networking events are important for students and global employers like Fastenal. It gives students the opportunity to learn outside of a textbook by helping students create relationships with business professionals,” said Clay Rasco, district sales manager for South Mississippi, Fastenal Company. “These events may be uncomfortable for students at first, but by participating you could end up finding a job, get career advice, learn about upcoming trends and more importantly, develop a relationship with someone that could become a mentor for years to come. I encourage any student we meet to get involved in activities where you can network, you never know what doors will open for you in the years ahead.”

For more information about Career Services at Southern Miss, call 601.266.4153 or visit: