They were urged to dress professionally, have a 30-second personal statement, do research on potential employing companies, and in addition to copies of their résumé, to bring a positive, enthusiastic attitude. All good advice dispensed by the university’s Career Center, which hosted the Oct. 23 event.
Representatives from the more than 50 companies participated in order to connect with potential employees and interns.
Alumni Bezabet Gomez (Class of ’05, B.A., Chicana/o studies) and Ken Yoshimura (Class of ’13, B.S., accounting), both from Verizon Wireless—an event sponsor along with AT&T, Enterprise Holdings, and StubHub Center—were looking for “professional and energetic” candidates from any major with general or retail backgrounds for entry-level customer service positions. Others were seeking students from specific majors, such as accounting.
According to Nicole Rodriguez, assistant director of the Career Center, employers reported that the students they met with offered “diversity, experience and an aptitude for excellence.”
To accommodate job seekers who had the opportunity to apply online for positions while still at the event, an on-site computer workstation was available courtesy of the Career Center.
Students from on-campus organizations Gamma Zeta Alpha, Kappa Delta Chi, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Public Relations Student Society of America, and Reserve Officer Training Corps volunteered to assist in the organization of the fall job fair.
Students were also able to explore internship opportunities during the Career Center’s Internship Week held on Oct. 28-31, with events in the Loker Student Union and the Career Center. Employer participants showcased paid internship opportunities and led a series of information sessions. Relevant TED Talks videos—from the nonprofit devoted to “Ideas Worth Spreading”—were also featured on the Career Center website on Oct. 29-31.
For more information about the Career Center and Internship Week, visit www4.csudh.edu/career-center.