A day after IBM announced it will open a technology center http://www.ibmlouisiana.com/jobs/.

IBM plans to temporarily lease space in the Essen Centre office building beginning in April while the eight-story riverfront office building is finished in spring 2015. IBM plans to have 300 employees locally by the end of 2014. downtown that will employ 800 people by 2016, the company has set dates for a job fair and a “campus blitz” at South Louisiana colleges.

The IBM job fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. April 23 at the Baton Rouge Marriott on Hilton Avenue. The event is aimed at experienced professionals and recent college graduates with technical degrees. IBM is looking for application development specialists, from entry-level to senior-level, with a variety of backgrounds.

The company’s campus blitz from April 8 to 19 is for seniors and recent college graduates. LSU, Southern University, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, the University of New Orleans and Southeastern Louisiana University will all be stops on the tour, with other schools to be added later. So far, only one date has been scheduled, a visit to the LSU College of Engineering on April 11.

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