Feb 5, 2008

Career Premier takes the work out of job hunting

by Anna Blevins
For most junior and senior college students, the hunt to find the perfect job has begun. However, finding the time and opportunity to search for jobs and internships is often a difficult task. Liberty University’s Career Center grants a unique chance to find and contact prospective employers. The Career Center helps hosts the upcoming Career Premiere, which will take place in Salem, Va. on Feb. 12 from 1 to 5 p.m. This is the eighth year that the career premiere has taken place and the sixth year that Liberty has taken part in the event. Liberty is one of eight schools that helps host the career premiere. Many Virginia schools have partnered together in the sponsorship. The career premiere is the largest premiere that Liberty University’s Career Center helps sponsor. Trisha Tolar, the events coordinator for the Career Center, said the event allows around 55 to 60 employers to come and offer internship and employment opportunities to college students. The employers represent large and small corporations all over the United States. Corporations like Crate & Barrel and BB&T Bank are a few of the employers that will be at the career premiere this year. The Career Premiere is a prime opportunity for students to make contacts and to network. Tolar said this was one of the best ways to meet future employers or contacts, although many students do not take full advantage of the premiere. Just the experience of talking to prospective employers is good for students. However, students can submit their resumes online for employers to look at before they come to the premiere. This allows for students to showcase their resume, interview for jobs and broaden their horizons in looking for employment. “Don’t limit yourselves. Talk to everyone,” Tolar said. “There are all kinds of employers with many different positions available.” Tolar encouraged students to go out and meet all types of prospective employers in all different positions. The premiere is a place for students who want experience in a wide array of possible careers. Tolar advises that students need to be professional when coming to the Career Premiere. Bringing a resume to the event is one way to show professionalism to prospective employers. The Career Center offers a free cover letter and resume critique. Students can e-mail their cover letters and resumes to careers@liberty.edu. The Career Center will then critique them and send them back to the student. Students can register for the career premiere by e-mailing the Career Center or visiting the office in DeMoss Hall 2016. Students should include their major and minor, telephone number and school year in the e-mail. The premiere also provides free transportation to the fair. Students may request a ride by stopping by the career center or requesting it in the e-mail when they register. As many students are looking for internship opportunities, employment opportunities or professional experience, the Career Premiere is a valuable chance to gain this understanding. Contact Anna Blevins at acblevins@liberty.edu.
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