University of Idaho Attracts Local and National Recruiters Despite Grim Economy

Wednesday, January 21 2009

Jan. 21, 2009 Written by Jessica Berwick MOSCOW, Idaho – Gone are the days of graduating from college and having multiple job offers; it’s an employer’s market in this grim economy. University of Idaho Career and Professional Planning will host local and national recruiters for its annual spring career fair on Tuesday, Feb. 10. The event is open to all students from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. in the Student Union Building Ballroom, and offers students an advanced opportunity to search for a job. “With the economy in a recession, competition for jobs is much more fierce,” said Suzi Billington, director of Career and Professional Planning. “Students need to realize that they are not just competing for jobs with their peers coming out of college, they also are competing against experienced people who have been laid off.” Billington is quick to remind students to plan ahead for their future, “Students should start their job search early, even if they are looking for summer work,” she said. She emphasized that students need to tailor every resume and cover letter to the specific job description. “Employers want to know exactly how the applicant will benefit their organization. They will see past a blanket resume and cover letter,” she said. Employers recruiting at the fair include: Coldwater Creek, Idaho National Laboratory, Aerotek, E & J Gallo Winery, Frito-Lay, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories Inc., Wolseley North America, Bonneville Power Administration, Alaska General Seafoods, Bettis Lab, ConAgra Foods, Idaho State Government, Impac Services, Marine Corps Officer Program, Walgreens, Target, Wells Fargo Financial, RiteAid, Army Corps of Engineers and The Sherwin-Williams Company. A complete list of attending employers can be found on the Career and Professional Planning Web site at In conjunction with the career fair, Career and Professional Planning offers a series of workshops to help students prepare to meet with prospective employers at the fair.
  • Interview Prep, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 5-6 p.m., Idaho Commons Clearwater room
  • Career Fair Prep and Resume Help, Tuesday, Feb. 3, 5-6 p.m., Idaho Commons Horizon room
  • Career and Professional Planning also takes individual advising appointments. Students and alumni can take advantage of one-on-one career counseling by contacting CAPP at (208) 885-2161 and arranging an appointment. CAPP also offers walk-in services for students with quick questions, no appointment necessary, every day from noon to 2 p.m. # # # About the University of Idaho Founded in 1889, the University of Idaho is the state’s flagship higher-education institution and its principal graduate education and research university, bringing insight and innovation to the state, the nation and the world. University researchers attract nearly $100 million in research grants and contracts each year; the University of Idaho is the only institution in the state to earn the prestigious Carnegie Foundation ranking for high research activity. The university’s student population includes first-generation college students and ethnically diverse scholars. Offering more than 150 degree options in 10 colleges, the university combines the strengths of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities. For information, visit Media Contact: Jessica Berwick, Career and Professional Planning, (208) 885-2100,

    About the University of Idaho
    The University of Idaho helps students to succeed and become leaders. Its land-grant mission furthers innovative scholarly and creative research to grow Idaho's economy and serve a statewide community. From its main campus in Moscow, Idaho, to 70 research and academic locations statewide, U-Idaho emphasizes real-world application as part of its student experience. U-Idaho combines the strength of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities. It is home to the Vandals. For information, visit