While the snow piled up yesterday afternoon, Harvard students were crowding into The Office of Career Services (OCS) to turn in their resumes before the 1 p.m. deadline to be eligible to participate in on-campus recruiting.
According to Judith Murray, the recruiting coordinator of OCS, a total of 534 resumes were submitted and processed yesterday afternoon and will be sent this morning to firms across the country.
Latecomers waited in line to enter the building, while those who went early said they hardly had to wait at all.
Lindsay H. Tomenson '96 had no trouble when she went in at 9:15 a.m. yesterday.
"When I got there, there were about 15 people waiting, and I waited for about five minutes," said Tomenson, adding, "My roommate went in later, and she had to wait quite a while."
Kurt R. Schliemann '96 agreed that the earlier the people arrived at OCS, the sooner they were permitted entry.
"I got [to OCS] at about a quarter of ten and entered right away," said Schliemann.
Students also suffered from last minute resume revisions.
"I was up all night working on my resume," said Tomenson.
Schliemann said he began work on his resume on Wednesday night and spent long hours on it.
"You want to get the wording just right, because if you mess up, you won't get an interview," Schliemann said.
Students said the number of resumes they prepared varied according to the career fields they were targeting.
Tomenson prepared more than 30 resumes Wednesday night to be sent to consulting and investment banking companies, while Schliemann sent resumes to only five places.
"I am not really into the banking and consulting thing because I would much rather go into advertising," Schliemann said.
Among the firms recruiting on campus this coming spring are Goldman Sachs, Fidelity Management and Research Company, Procter and Gamble and Merrill Lynch.
Office supply businesses in the area experienced a surplus of customers late Wednesday night as seniors rushed to finish last minute resumes.
"We certainly sold a lot of resume paper last night," said the manager of Bob Siate Stationers on Mass. Ave. in Harvard Square.
Clerks from both the Coop and Kinko's, which averages sales of about 6,000 to 12,000 sheets of resume paper a day, both affirmed that Wednesday night was unusually hectic.