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USF Job Fair offers $100,000 Prize

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A career fair at the University of South Florida drew more than a thousand students to the Marshall Center on campus.

Joe Scaglione is a management major. He has retail experience. He came to the job fair to meet potential employers.

"It's definitely a good opportunity USF has presented us... Just having all the employers in this ball room... And you can just bring 20 copies of your resume and dress nice and speak highly of yourself and hopefully you will hit at least one... Right?"

But one of the most talked about booths at the job fair had to be "Total Quality Logistics." The Cincinnati based company ran a promotion where they gave students a chance to win $104,231.

Kristine Glenn is a PR specialist with the company. She explains how they came up with the six figure prize.

"The reason that amount was chosen is because that is the average salary for a sales person with our organization who has been at our organization for 2.5 years."

Here's how the promotion worked. All you had to do is be a USF student. Visit TQL's booth and type in a six digit code into a vault. If your numbers unlocked the safe then you walk away from the job fair $100,000 richer.

And as you can imagine, hundreds of students lined up like USF senior Kelly Wright. She typed in her birth date but it didn't work. She said if she had won the prize, she would have used the money to pay off student loans and pay for grad school.

After five hours of trying to crack open the safe, no one took home the prize. But students we talked to say getting their resumes in the hands of potential employers is what it's all about.

"I think it's the best opportunity USF can give us. It's wonderful and It's so convenient everything is all in one place. It's perfect" said Danielle Guarino.

And senior Gurnos Watson is just glad to stop looking for jobs on the internet and get out and meet potential employers.

"I'm very optimistic and hopeful. Shouldn't have any issues in finding a job. Just keep my fingers crossed. Keep applying and keep at it."

USF's career fair wraps up Thursday focusing on jobs for students interested in Engineering, Technology and Science. The Career Fair is only open to USF students and grads.

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