Career Hunt is On

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One of the companies at the career fair

By Roland Conn

Students applied for jobs at the recent career fair on campus. Some were successful landing great gigs.

Kelly Wuest, director of career services and re-entry at College of Southern Nevada who helped plan this event, said the career fair was a wonderful opportunity for students to get exposed to industries, pick up information about different companies and network with professionals. It also was a time for students to interview for full and part-time positions.

Some of those seasonal or part-time positions can turn into full-time opportunities, Wuest noted.

Students overflowed the June Whitley Student Center at the CSN Cheyenne campus in hopes of impressing the various employers during the career fair on Oct. 22.

There was an increase in the number of companies that came to the career fair this year, Wuest said. A total of 52 employers attended. This was a good sign as the economy is increasing and hiring is up.

“There is more room in the market for the new graduates to get positions overall,” Wuest said. “We have had different employers hire and have students receive second interviews.”

“We have brought on four CSN students,” said Chadwick Fox, district manager of Fastenal Co., the largest North American distributor of fastener and construction products. All new employees start off part time with an opportunity to advance in to other departments when positions open.

“We offer our training classes both before and after school time because we know students have some classes at day, and some at night and weekends,” said Katie Eubanks, recreation specialist for the Clark County Parks and Recreation Department. We offer our trainings around students’ busy school schedules to make it possible for them to work while in school.

In preparation for the career fair, some students submitted their resumes to the career center’s Career Link. Some also attended workshops to improve their chances of getting jobs. Students practiced winning interview techniques in mock interviews along with the art of networking.

In the future, Wuest mentioned that she wants to explore the idea of career speed dating at these career fairs. There would be multiple employers conducting short five-minute interviews. When the bell rings, the students would move from one employer to the next. Students should plan on attending future fairs.

For more information click this link for the Career Services Center

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