Alums find career fair fertile ground for recruiting talent
When hundreds of business students gathered in late January for the spring semester’s Business Healthcare & Communications career fair, some familiar faces greeted them.
Though many of those faces weren’t familiar to the students, some of the recruiters representing the more than 110 companies in attendance were very familiar with Clemson University and the potential it offers their companies in the form of future employees.
Case in point is The Hershey Company, which was represented by alum Brandon Henderson ‘14, a district sales supervisor for the snack industry giant, which boasts more than 80 product brands globally.
“This was the third year The Hershey Company has been represented at a Clemson career fair, and one we find great value in attending,” said Henderson, who majored in business management, with a concentration on entrepreneurship. “We started recruiting at Clemson a year ago because we believe the university’s caliber of student makes this a great place to recruit the next leaders of our company.”
The career fair at Littlejohn was open to students who were vying for internships and full- and part-time positions. More than 85 business students also took advantage of pitching themselves to future employers at an evening networking reception with recruiters. The event offered students the opportunity to showcase their soft skills in a more social setting.
“The business school offers several opportunities for students to interact with corporate representatives — the more formal career fair event at Littlejohn during the afternoon as well as the relaxed social event that evening,” said Leah Hughes, College of Business assistant director for career and professional development. “Some students also garner interviews for the day following the career fair. These are good venues for students to put to practice what they learned in workshops leading up to the career fair.”
Shirley Ann Morgan ’16 represented ScanSource as a recruiter at the event and came away impressed with the quality of talent she encountered.
“I’ve attended these events for several years now and believe it’s a great place to find talent for ScanSource,” said the former management major who is an H.R. generalist in the technology provider’s Greenville headquarters. “Students here always present themselves professionally and have diverse backgrounds. The company consistently finds outstanding students who want to stay in the upstate and start their careers with a locally-based company.”
Henderson said Hershey’s primary goal at the event is recruiting intern and entry-level retail sales positions. The Pennsylvania-based company has more than 1,000 sales representatives and managers throughout the U.S.
“Because of the nature of our business and the high number of promotions each year on the sales team, we are always looking for candidates eager to jump-start their careers,” said Henderson, who manages nearly a dozen sales force members. “Recruiting here is doubly rewarding for me, given Clemson has a special place in my heart. I’m able to serve my alma mater and Hershey by bringing high-caliber employees into our organization.”
As a recent graduate, Morgan can relate to students seeking their first full-time jobs. In addition to her role as an H.R. generalist, she leads ScanSource’s internship program and works with employees just starting their careers, and those leaving the technology company.
“The company has been a great environment to foster my growth professionally,” she said. “Clemson prepared me well for this role and I enjoy being in a position to identify others from my alma mater who are also looking to start their careers with a quality company.”
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