On the Road with Texas Mutual Recruiting

Texas Mutual representatives travelled approximately 1,800 miles this fall for Texas college recruitment events. The stops included Brownsville, Lubbock, San Antonio and Corpus Christi.

By Julie Dietert, Human Resources Consultant

By Julie Dietert, Human Resources Consultant

Texas Mutual kicked off the fall recruiting season by heading to South Texas to attend the fall 2014 All Major Career Fair at The University of Texas at Brownsville (UTB). Krystal Hurtado of claims, Kristen Kirkpatrick of human resources and I represented Texas Mutual at the event.

UTB was created in 1991 to meet the growing educational demands of the South Texas region and now has an enrollment of over 8,000 students. The campus is definitely a must-see, with its pristine native landscaping and stunning Spanish architecture. The fair was held at the student union building and had an energetic atmosphere complete with music, freshly popped popcorn and pizza. The event drew students and alumni in droves, and many of the attendees stopped by the Texas Mutual table to check our LinkedIn page. The event was a great success, and Texas Mutual connected with dozens of candidates who have a highly sought-after skill: Spanish fluency. I look forward to future visits at UTB. On top of my list of places to stop will be Mi Torito for the fabulous Mexican breakfast.

The second stop for fall recruiting was the Texas Tech University Fall University Career Fair. Mike North of human resources, Rachel Scroggins of human resources, Robert Zapata of claims, Nick Futrell of claims and I volunteered to attend on Texas Mutual’s behalf. The fair was held at the Overton Hotel, located on campus. The Overton is decorated in true Texan style and provided a fitting backdrop for this Texas-sized college recruiting event. Texas Tech has more than 31,000 students and offers more than 300 degree programs, so it was no surprise that its career fair was a heavily attended recruiting event. Texas Mutuaul representatives spent the day speaking with students and alumni from a variety of college programs, including business, engineering, communication and liberal arts. The fair proved to be a very positive experience, as we walked away with many candidates for future internship and career opportunities.

The next destination was a little closer to home – St. Mary’s University in San Antonio. St. Mary’s University is located in Northwest San Antonio and was one of the smaller campuses we visited (less than 4,000 students). The purpose for this stop was to attend the Risk Management and Insurance Career Fair. This time around, the Texas Mutual recruiting team consisted of Scott Bain of safety services and me. Although this was a more intimate recruiting event, the fair introduced us to numerous students ready to set their sights on a career in the insurance industry.

The fall recruiting season came to an end with our final stop at Texas A&M Corpus Christi. TAMCC is the only university in the nation that is located on its own island directly across the street from the beach. Given its impressive location, the trip to TAMCC was a treat. This busy 240-acre tropical campus has an enrollment of more than 10,000 and is becoming one of the leading academic institutions in Texas’ Gulf of Mexico region. TAMCC is an Hispanic-serving institution, so we hoped to network with students who possess Spanish fluency. With over 70 employers present at the fair, it was a well-attended event. Donnie Baker of claims, Scott Bain and I spent the morning speaking with students about potential careers at Texas Mutual. The students and alumni attending the event were curious and excited to learn more about careers in workers’ compensation. Before concluding our visit to Corpus Christi, we could not resist a stop for some seafood at the Water Street Oyster Bar, and it did not disappoint.

The fall recruiting season proved to be very effective, with results that include over 100 new LinkedIn connections. Texas Mutual representatives networked with many eager college students and alumni excited about prospective careers and internships with the company. The successful fall recruiting season leaves us looking forward to what’s to come with our spring college visits.

About the author
Julie Dietert is a human resources consultant with more than eight years’ experience in recruiting, employee onboarding, employee relations and benefits administration. Julie joined Texas Mutual in 2013 and currently heads up the company’s college recruiting program. She holds a master’s in business administration from Texas State University.



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