Mar 30, 2010

Students get a step ahead at Job Fair

by Karissa Sechrist

The Career Center held its annual job fair March 23 in the Reber-Thomas Dining Hall. Roughly 30 agencies and organizations were represented, and students were given the opportunity to meet face to face with potential employers.

“We have the job fair each year to help students who are either graduating or looking for a job or internship — to find that place where they are supposed to be,” Career Center Event and Recruiting Coordinator Kelsey LeBel said. “We have a wide variety of organizations represented from around Virginia. We have both secular and faith-based organizations here.”

LeBel, who has organized several job fairs, advises students to remember to put their best foot forward and look the part by dressing professionally.

Students were asked to sign in on computers as they entered the fair. Within the first hour more than 60 students came through. A wide variety of employment options were presented – from selling insurance to working with kids for the summer in New York City. Students were able to meet potential employers, ask questions and find out more about opportunities that might await them after graduation.

“I’m looking for fun kids that are graduating college who are energetic and want to work hard. It really doesn’t matter what major, but they must have a good personality and want to help people,” recruiter and alumnus Dave Abith said.

Students benefit the most from a job fair when they prepare beforehand.

“I would definitely say bring in your resume and your cover letter, as well as be very optimistic. Go to the career center, they really do help you. You can also complete a mock interview there to help you prepare for the real thing,” Special Olympics intern Ashley Misenheimer said.

Misenheimer, a former Liberty student, found her internship at the job fair last year. She said the best part of her internship is having the opportunity to develop relationships with people and impact their lives for the better.

In addition to the companies represented at the fair, camps were also present because the camp fair was cancelled due to adverse weather earlier this year.

While this year’s job fair may be over, students can visit the Career Center for help with getting their job search started, as well as for help with determining what might be the best career path for them as individuals.

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