IACS Job Fair meets with big success

iacs-job2CHICAGO: The Indian American Community Services (IACS) organized Blockbuster Diversity Job Fair on October 24 at Hilton in Chicago Downtown attracting a large number of job seekers and a fairly large number of corporate entities looking for their entry level and second, third gear positions.

The event attracted more than 1000 people with many different ethnic, cultural and educational backgrounds – Indians, Chinese, Filipinos and even Americans. The Job fair attracted many large companies such as W.W. Grainger, Allstate, PepsiCo, Tech Mahindra, L&T Infotech and L&T Technologies who were the corporate sponsors. In total, 50 companies participated in the job fair notably: Dover, ITW, Alcatel-Lucent, Morgan Stanley, CME Group, Nokia, Morningstar, Hospira, Fifth Third Bank and others.

Job seekers came from several areas such as Chicago, Michigan, Wisconsin, Houston, and New York. Prakash, a job seeker who completed his undergraduate in IIT in Chennai, India and is currently studying at University of Illinois, said “I was able to network with many recruiters and hand out my resume to various internships available.”

IACS also provided free professional resume critiques and counseling sessions led by industry experts at the job fair. Diwakar Reddy, a Senior Staffing Consultant and Career Counselor who helped lead the sessions said that “There were about 450 job seekers in varied career fields both experienced and entry level candidates that attended this event and benefited from this service.”

Nick Black, representative from Grainger, stated that “Grainger is always looking to hire diverse people with great talent and we feel that the job fair has provided an excellent opportunity to fill some of the open positions we have.” Nageswaran Vaidyanathan, Senior Director of Allstate, said that this job fair provided great platform for Allstate.

“At first I thought this job fair is only for Indian community and IT and Software Engineers but I found that this is open for all. I am very impressed with the recruiting companies and the level of professionalism and organization of the event,” said Diana Mendoza, an attendee of the job fair experienced in strategic planning and public policy.

Jagan Bukkaraju, Secretary of IACS said “It is a proud moment for IACS organization to see that we were able to help people from different backgrounds in the Chicago Tri-state area.”

In response to the question of what IACS plans to do for the upcoming year, president of IACS, Sreenivas Katragadda said, “Next year, we hope to expand the organization to a national level by taking the job fair to more cities around the US.”

Surendra Ullal

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