Published: January 24, 2006
As a student, trying to find a job can quickly turn into an arduous task. Trying to fit in the time to travel from employer to employer in between classes can become extremely hectic. Finding employment should not be that difficult. There is an easier way for students to look at prospective employers.
From 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Feb. 3, PJC will conduct the 12th annual multicultural job fair in the student center, Building 5. There will be various employers taking part in the fair, including banks, healthcare facilities, sheriff’s offices and many more.
Wondering what the chances of finding employment are? People are rarely offered jobs at a job fair, but the candidates that an employer is interested in will be contacted later or referred to the company’s website to apply there, said Ken Shugart, director of student job services.
About three out of four employers that participated in the job fair over the last few years said that they anticipated hiring people that they spoke with, Shugart said. By attending the job fair you get the chance to make a good impression with potential employers, he said.
“We offer entry level positions in the news department that do not require any particular job skills,” said Valerie Dunsford, who works in the human resources department at WEAR TV. “We will be willing to train any college student with a good job history and that can show up to work on time.”
Take advantage of this opportunity by coming prepared. Shugart said that you should dress as you would for an interview. Bring resumes and questions that you would ask an employer, as well as be prepared to answer questions as you would in an interview.