Middle Market Career Fair

The National Center for the Middle Market and Fisher College of Business Office of Career Management will be hosting a Middle Market Career Fair at the Blackwell Ballrooms.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Blackwell Ballrooms
What is the Middle Market?

The Middle Market is comprised of businesses earning between $10 million and $1 billion in annual revenue.  There are approximately 195,000 businesses in the United States who fall into this Middle Market and the Middle Market is the world’s 4th largest economy after the US, China, and Japan.  For more information on the Middle Market and The National Center for the Middle Market please visit their website:  The National Center for the Middle Market.

Preparing for the Career Fair

To be successful at a career fair it is important to spend time on preparation.  Here are some tips:

  • Now Available! Make sure you check out the Middle Market Career Fair Major Hiring Information Before you attend to see which companies are looking for your major! Make certain to check the tables again before the event, as we will be updating the file as we receicve new information from each of the Company representatives!
  • A career fair is a networking event, NOT an event where students receive job offers.  The purpose is to meet employers, make a good first impression, and make contacts that you can follow up with during your job search.
  • Before the career fair, you should utilize FisherConnect by updating your profile and uploading resumes to companies of interest to you. 
  • Set goals and select companies to meet prior to going to the Career Fair, keeping in mind it’s important not to be too specific OR too general.
  • It’s a good idea to do your homework about each company you plan to visit.  Read up on their news and review their history, values, and mission. Prepare questions to ask at the fair.
  • Once you have done your company research, prepare your Personal Commercial – a professional, enthusiastic, and comprehensive introduction of yourself that should include a firm handshake and smile, your name, major, and year, why you’re interested in the company, your intent, and a question.
At the Fair:
  • You should dress in appropriate career fair attire which is a suit.  If you do not have a suit please wear business casual clothing.  Students wearing jeans will not be allowed into the fair.
  • At the career fair, make sure you have at least 30 copies of your resume as well as clean, ironed professional clothing.  You should use a portfolio rather than a backpack. 
  • Get a map of the room and plan your order to attack, choosing which companies you’ll visit first.
  • Initiate conversations with employers with a firm handshake.  Show enthusiasm and speak clearly while delivering your Personal Commercial.  Find out information such as: how you should apply for your position of interest, whether they’re interviewing on campus, and what their hiring process is like. End the conversation with a thank you and ask for a business card.
After the Fair:
  • Immediately follow up with employers after the career fair.  Send thank-you letters via email to everyone you spoke with.  Make sure you follow through on submitting all requested information.
  • To maintain long-term follow through, research when your companies will be back on campus to interview, keep up on their latest news, and maintain contact via email, phone calls, and letters.


For more information please visit our Prepare for the Career Fair Guide.  Good luck!

Increase your competitive edge by recruiting top talent at the Middle Market Career Fair

The Middle Market, comprised of businesses with revenues of $10 million to $1 billion, is a powerful, yet overlooked force in the U.S. economy. It contributes 41 million jobs and ranks as the world's fourth largest economy behind Japan and ahead of Germany. Although middle market companies have shown surprisingly strong growth during a difficult economy, getting access to top talent needed to sustain that growth is a significant challenge.

Fortune 500 firms, with a depth of resources unavailable to middle market companies, have long held an advantage when recruiting the best and brightest students. The National Center for the Middle Market (NCMM), a partnership between The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business and GE Capital, recognizes the challenges you face. That is why we have created the first career fair and recruiting event dedicated exclusively to meeting the needs of middle market companies.



Register for the Middle Market Career Fair.



The Middle Market Career Fair will take place March 19 at The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business. Join us and start building a foundation of talent to drive your future success.

Who you'll meet: Undergraduate and graduate students in the following areas of academic study:

Accounting and MIS



Biomedical Engineering

Management Sciences

Chemical Engineering


Civil Engineering

International Business

Computer Science and Engineering


Electrical and Computer Engineering

Human Resources

Engineering Physics


Food, Agricultural & Biological Engineering

Transportation & Logistics

Industrial & Systems Egineering

Operations Management

Materials Science Engineering

Supply Chain Management

Mechanical Engineering

Aeronautical & Astronautical Engineering

Welding Engineering

All students attending will be looking for internships as well as full-time careers. Tell us your specific hiring needs so we can be better prepared to help you meet your objectives.

About Fisher: The Fisher College of Business undergraduate program is ranked 14th overall, 6th among public universities by U.S. News and World Report. The full-time MBA program is ranked 25th overall, 9th among public universities. We prepare our students to make an immediate impact on the practice of business. The Middle Market Career Fair is the perfect place to meet them.

About the College of Engineering:Ohio State’s engineering program is ranked first among all Ohio universities and 17th nationally among public universities in the U.S. News & World Report 2011 listing. The university ranks 10th in the country for research and development expenditures, according to the National Science Foundation. Ohio State also ranks 11th in the nation among public universities in private support.

If you have questions, please contact Christa Rubbelke at 614-292-7770 or middlemarketcenter@fisher.osu.edu.



Agenda for March 19 and Follow Up Interviews on March 20

March 19 – Career Fair

9:00–10:00 a.m.

10:00–11:00 a.m. Brunch

11:00–11:30 a.m. Break/Transition

11:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m. Career Fair

3:00–4:30 p.m. Networking Event (Only Employers), Light H'ors D'Oeuvres with Beer/Wine

March 20 - Optional Follow-up Interviews

Career Management Offices in Gerlach Hall

Rooms available from
8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

To reserve interview space on March 20, please contact Susan Geier at 614-292-8587.

            Registration Fee: Courtesy of the National Center for the Middle Market