HAMMOND | More than 100 companies and 250 representatives were looking to fill job openings and internships at Purdue University Calumet’s annual All Majors Career and Internship Fair on Friday.
Purdue Calumet Director of Career Services Shelly Robinson said the majority of companies were offering multiple positions.
“When you look at that there’s somewhere between 300 and 500 jobs available, so I think that’s really a positive thing,” she said.
Robinson said the fair welcomed Purdue students, alumni and members of the community. She anticipated at least 500 attendees because of “a buzz on campus.”
“When they see there are 105 employers, they get really excited,” she said.
Employers hoping to hire included Carl Buddig & Co., a wholesale meat distribution company in South Holland. Representative David Streeter said they were openings in manufacturing.
“We are extremely busy and lucky to bring in more and more qualified people,” he said. “We have met a number of individuals we will certainly bring in for interviews and hopefully hire.”
Republic National Distributing Co., an Indianapolis-based beverage alcohol distributor of premium wine and spirits, was looking to hire a local merchandiser.
Representative Ryan Zervos, who is based in Crown Point, said the company also encourage attendees to visit the RNDC website because there are available positions across the state if applicants are willing to relocate.
“It’s a tough industry to break into. However, once you’re in most people stay for their whole career,” he said.
Attendees included Ashley Holmes, 21, of Hammond, who was looking more toward retail but “is open to anything” at her first job fair.
Purdue science and technology student Rizwanui Neyon said he was interested in a summer internship. He also attended a recent career fair at Purdue’s Lafayette campus.
Purdue engineering student Ivan Diaz also was looking for an internship but wouldn’t mind a summer job. Diaz said he was a little nervous at what was his first job fair but tried not to show it.
“I just feel like there are a lot of interviews going on here at once,” he said.
Other companies at the job fair included U.S. Steel, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, National Park Service-Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, Strack & Van Til, Franciscan Alliance, ArcelorMittal, Horseshoe Casino and Innovative Energy.