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Fall Career Fair Connects Southern Miss Students with Prospective Employers

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Southern Miss graduate student Tabitha Ankerson, left, discusses employment opportunities with one of the vendors during the Career Fair Fall 2011 at the Thad Cochran Center. (University Communications photo by Van Arnold)

University of Southern Mississippi graduate student Tabitha Ankerson made an interesting discovery while attending the annual Career Fair Fall 2011 on Wednesday, Oct. 26 at the Thad Cochran Center.

“I brought six resumés with me and I handed all of those out in the first few minutes. I should have brought a few more,” said Ankerson, who is pursuing a master’s degree in accounting.

Ankerson joined hundreds of Southern Miss students for the half-day fair which featured more than 80 booths manned by companies from South Mississippi and beyond. The fair, sponsored by the Office of Career Services, enabled students to fill out job applications, ask employment questions and establish networking connections.

Standing behind a table filled with relevant literature, Lt. Terrence Hawkins welcomed the opportunity to promote employment with the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

“People see the word ‘prisons’ and immediately think about crime and punishment,” said Hawkins. “But we’re about helping those who are incarcerated turn their lives around. And there are some built-in advantages with this job. It’s a federal job, so the pay is good. The benefits are excellent, plus it’s not tied to how the economy is doing.”

For more information about Career Services at Southern Miss, call 601.266.4153 or visit: http://www.usm.edu/career-services