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European companies search for home-grown candidates at MIT job fair

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--Call it reverse globalization, or the lure of home cooking. Whatever the reason, it's good business.

Representatives of 26 European and multi-national companies will set up shop at a career fair at MIT's Rockwell Cage (106 Vassar St. next to the Johnson Athletics Center) on Wednesday, January 28, in an attempt to recruit graduate students from their own backyard in Europe.

The second annual European Career Fair is designed to match foreign graduate students with prospective employers from the old world, who seek multi-lingual candidates with a high level of expertise and sophistication. The fair is sponsored by the MIT and Harvard European Clubs and organized by 33 students from 11 European countries and the United States.

The companies view the fair as an efficient tool, providing the opportunity to tell their story and interview candidates at once. "The aspect of one-stop shopping is a big selling point for the companies," said Andrew Rhomberg, an MIT PhD candidate from Austria who signed on with the Shell Oil Company in The Netherlands after the first European Career Fair last April.

More than 700 students filed resumes in advance of the fair, most of them from MIT and Harvard. Other schools represented include Boston University, Babson and Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Walk-up candidates are welcome.

The first European Fair last April attracted 1,000 students, 600 of whom submitted resumes in advance. About 100 were employed as a result of the job fair. In addition, a number of US students with international experience landed permanent jobs or summer internships abroad. Sixteen companies participated in April.

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