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December 8, 2016

Distribution companies that commit to building ongoing relationships with university distribution programs can improve their recruiting success, according to industry executives in Distribution Training Ground.

Companies that attend career fairs and other campus events even when the economy is down or they don't have positions to fill can build brand recognition with students.

“You can really see the shortsightedness of some companies because they come when times are good and don’t come when times are bad,” says Matt Howe, a 2010 University of Nebraska at Kearney Industrial Distribution graduate based in Omaha, NE, as a profit center manager for BgB Supply, a subsidiary of Consolidated Electrical Distributors Inc., Irving, TX.

Recruiting students from industrial distribution programs is competitive, so when companies step away, students forget about them.

“You’ve got to be here, you’ve got to be visible and you’ve got to do things other than just attend the career fairs," said Erin Owen, manager of staffing and career development, Applied Industrial Technologies, Cleveland, OH.

Read more about building ongoing relationships with students in Distribution Training Ground.

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